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Is the bus half-full or half-empty? 

| Wednesday, February 06, 2013 1:46:00 PM

The Pinellas County Suncoast Transit Authority, of St. Petersburg, Fla., has developed a video that addresses the questions people frequently ask transit agencies  including Metro Transit  about "empty buses" and the use of smaller transit vehicles.

Check out "Bus Buzz Episode 2."

> StreetsBlog: Empty Buses Serve a Purpose



In the News Ridership

Thanks for riding with us in 2012 

| Monday, February 04, 2013 10:41:00 AM

Customers boarded Metro Transit buses and trains more than 81 million times in 2012 for only the second time in three decades. 

Ridership on the Hiawatha light-rail line was the highest ever at 10.5 million.

Thanks for riding with us in 2012 – we look forward to continuing to serve you in 2013.

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Transit in the Media archives




In the News

30-year vanpooler builds retirement nest egg by sharing the ride  

| Friday, February 01, 2013 3:07:00 PM

Photo vanpool user Charlie StarkNewly-retired Northfield, Minn., resident Charlie Stark vanpooled for nearly 30 years and estimates that he saved more than $500,000 by sharing rides to work. Tim Harlow of the Star Tribune covers the story of how Mr. Stark started his own vanpool and commuted to his job in St. Paul for several years. The story also details the savings Twin Cities commuters build up, savings bolstered by a tax incentive that applies to vanpoolers, transit riders and bicyclists alike.

The photo at right shows Mr. Stark after he was presented a Commuter Choice Award for Lifetime Achievement in November 2012. The annual Commuter Choice Awards recognize individuals, organizations and employers for innovation in getting people to work without adding to traffic congestion.

Learn more about Metro Transit Rideshare and its carpooling and vanpooling resources.



Community In the News Rider Information

Lost & Found at Metro Transit 

| Monday, January 28, 2013 2:11:00 AM

                     Photo bus rider lost mitten on metro transit

Many organizations have a Lost & Found box tucked under the front desk. With more than 260,000 customers riding Metro Transit buses and trains each weekday, the volume and assortment of items left behind requires a more advanced organization system.

In 2013, Metro Transit's Customer Relations Department received, tagged and documented more than 22,000 lost items.

When possible, staff use clues from the forgotten objects to help identify the owner and reunite them with their property. Items that are not immediately claimed are held for up to two weeks; because of space limitations, bicycles are kept for one week.

In 2013, more than 22 percent of lost items were returned to their owner. Items such as coats, luggage, umbrellas, matching gloves, hats and bicycles that are not claimed are donated to charity. Books that are stamped by a specific school or library are returned there. Mobile phones are given to ReCellular, a company that recycles phones. All items that cannot be reused or recycled are discarded and all personal information is shredded.

The most commonly misplaced items are gloves, mobile phones, wallets, umbrellas, backpacks and bicycles. Some of the more unusual items that have been left on a bus or train include a leaf blower, kiddie pool, microwave and even a box containing a skull (later claimed by an anatomy professor).

Photo of rock turned into Lost and Found at Metro TransitLost & Found At a Glance

What do I do if I lose something on a bus or train?

If you forget something on the bus or train contact Customer Relations at 612-373-3333 and provide details about the trip you were on. If we have the item, it can be claimed from our Customer Relations Department, at 570 6th Avenue North, Minneapolis. Customer Relations is open between 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Items can also be arranged for pick-up at one of Metro Transit’s Service Centers, located in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul.

    > Plan a trip to Lost & Found

    > See a map of Metro Transit Lost & Found

What do I do if I find something on the bus or train?

If an item is found on a bus, please turn it into the bus operator so they can document the item and turn it in at the end of their shift. Since light-rail operators work in a closed area, customers who find an item on a train are asked to drop it off at a Metro Transit Service Center or give it to a bus driver. Just let the driver know where the item was found to help us reunite the object with the owner. On Northstar trains, please give the item to the conductor.

    > Star Tribune: Missing a glove, a phone, even a bike? Riders asked to contact Metro Transit

    > WCCO: Looking Inside the Metro Transit Lost & Found Hall of Fame

    > Star Tribune:  Rescuing a Stranded Bike

Please note: Metro Transit is not liable for damage to any personal items, such as bicycles, computers and cell phones, etc., except if Metro Transit is found to be negligent or at fault in an accident. Theft and/or damage to personal items, injury while loading and unloading a bicycle, acts by a third party and all other incidents are solely the responsibility of the customer and not Metro Transit.

Bus Light Rail Rider Information

Introducing Rider's Almanac 

| Tuesday, January 22, 2013 3:00:00 AM

Photo light rail and bus downtown minneapolisWelcome to Rider's Almanac – Metro Transit’s new blog. This is a place for conversation about the growing Twin Cities transit system. We look forward to this as a forum to discuss transit-related topics and to share a behind-the-scenes look at how the different areas of Metro Transit work to keep the region moving each day. Please send your questions and suggestions to


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