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In the News Light Rail METRO Blue Line METRO Green Line Transit Improvements

New light rail vehicles begin service 

| Wednesday, February 20, 2013 10:24:00 AM

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Last week, two new light rail vehicles (LRVs) began revenue service on the Hiawatha Light Rail Line. Siemens model S70 light-rail vehicles (numbered 201 and 202) were introduced to the Twin Cities in a public ceremony last October and have been tested extensively since that time. Four additional Siemens LRVs are currently undergoing pre-service testing. These six are the first of 59 new LRVs scheduled for delivery over the next several months to operate on the METRO Green Line and for enhanced service on the METRO Blue (Hiawatha) Line. Forty-seven of the new LRVs will operate on the Green Line and twelve will operate on the Blue Line. The new LRV delivery will ultimately provide both lines with enough LRVs to operate three-car trains during peak times and special events to meet growing ridership demands.


Photos show the two LRV models side by side. The train in back is the original Bombardier model and the new Siemens model is in front.

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Transit Information

My Metro Transit - new customizable web tool 

| Saturday, February 09, 2013 9:52:00 AM

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My Metro Transit is a new, customizable transit information center. Like the dashboard in a car, this online dashboard provides transit customers with important travel details at-a-glance.


Customizable features on My Metro Transit


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 Customize your dashboard to display your most-used transit stops so you can easily check real-time bus departure times for all Metro Transit buses and most regional buses. Choose your route, direction and stop location  NexTrip will list up to the next 10 buses leaving that stop.

My Trip Plans – Easily plan your trips by saving your starting points and destinations. My Metro Transit adapts easily to your fast-paced life. If your schedule changes, simply adjust your travel times and preferences without having to re-enter information – all in one convenient location.

My Routes – Being up-to-date on your favorite routes has never been easier. Add the routes you ride regularly to your dashboard to learn about any active route detours and to see detailed route maps with just a click.

Additional Options

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  • View the latest posts on the Metro Transit's Facebook page.
  • Stay current with Metro Transit News & Events.
  • Add live MnDOT traffic cameras of your commute route.
  • You can also add Metro Transit’s Twitter feed, a custom weather report and sync your Trip Tracker account. Just click the graphic of the icon green with plus sign symbol at the top of the My Metro Transit Manager to view additional dashboard options.


What Do You Think?

Photo person using My Metro Transit on laptopMy Metro Transit is currently in beta testing which means we are still making improvements and we're looking for user feedback.

Please take a moment to tell us what you like about the new My Metro Transit dashboard or what could use improvement. Submit your comments by clicking the image of icon envelope and letter symbol on the top of the dashboard next to the word beta

We're creating a version of My Metro Transit formatted for mobile devices and soon you'll be able to subscribe through My Metro Transit to receive emails or text messages about service changes, detours, or alerts on the routes you use regularly.  



Bus Links of Interest

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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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.



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