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Move Minneapolis – November 2016 Newsletter

 Since 1991, Move Minneapolis Transportation Management Organization (TMO) has been advocating for a sustainable transit and transportation system that supports a growing and vital downtown Minneapolis.
Move Minneapolis – November Newsletter
The TMO promotes sustainable transportation – mass transit, carpooling, car-sharing, biking and walking – through an outreach and education program that targets downtown workers, residents, and visitors.

New Metro Transit App – Pay By Phone & More

 

Metro Transit riders can now use their smartphones to pay bus and rail fares. Download the Metro Transit App with Google Play or Apple iTunes app stores to access schedules, plan trips and get real-time arrival and departure times. Electronic tickets are displayed on phones and shown to bus drivers or transit police on trains as proof of ticket purchase.

The app won’t replace the popular Go-To cards or Metropasses, which are used by more than 55 percent of transit riders. The goal is to make transit more convenient for occasional riders, out-of-town visitors and to go to special events. The app is great for those unplanned trips, no cash is needed. The app requires a minimum purchase of $4.50 per transaction, the equivalent of two regular-priced rides.

Los Angeles, Chicago and Portland have already rolled out pay-by-phone service for their transit systems with favorable reviews. While Metro Transit’s customers have been trip planning with the Next Trip app for some time, electronic ticketing brings transit to the next level. Using the Metro Transit App also speeds up the boarding process by 3 to 6 seconds per rider.

Future editions of the app hope to allow riders to use their phones to explore carpooling options, report suspicious activity or summon help by sending text messages to Metro Transit police.

New Ped/Bike Bridge To Connect West Bank & East Town

 

The former 5th Street freeway ramp, that was an I-94 exit into downtown Minneapolis, will be converted into a bike and pedestrian bridge that serves the West Bank and East Town neighborhoods. A new westbound I-94 exit ramp flowing onto 7th Street opened this year to handle traffic going into downtown and around U.S. Bank Stadium.

The old bridge, connecting the Cedar Riverside community with 5th Street in downtown, will be renamed “Samatar Crossing” in memory of Hussein Samatar, the first Somali-American to hold public office in Minnesota. The City Council transportation committee’s approval is a departure from a prior proposal, which would have also included vehicle lanes. The original plan was opposed by West Bank residents who were concerned about increasing traffic into the densely-populated neighborhood.

The reconfiguration to Samata Crossing will cost about $2 million and be completed by fall of 2017. The project plan includes wide sidewalks and a dedicated bike path crossing over the I-35W.  The project turns one block of 5th Street near U.S. Bank Stadium into a two-way street. The bridge is closed to cars but can accommodate emergency vehicles. Samatar Crossing will provide bicycle and walking commuters better access into the East Town neighborhood south of the stadium and Blue Line.

Update on West Metro Highway Projects

 

MnDOT announced that a section of Highway 169 going over Nine Mile Creek, on the border of Hopkins and Edina, is set to close Jan. 10, 2017. The bridge is badly deteriorated and requires replacement. Both directions between Bren Road and 7th St will close starting Tuesday, Jan. 10. Work is expected to last through late-Oct. 2017. Hwy 169 is a major feeder route for commuters going into Minneapolis.

The entire roadwork project includes:

  • Replacing the Highway 169 bridge over Nine Mile Creek in Hopkins, Minnetonka and Edina with a causeway..
  • Reconstruction of 6 miles of pavement on Highway 169 between Highway 55 and Highway 62.
  • Construction of acceleration and deceleration lanes on Highway 169 at Cedar Lake Road.
  • Removal of access to and from southbound Highway 169 at 16th Street in St. Louis Park.

A number of bus routes will be re-routed including: 490, 493, 495. Watch for schedule announcements by Metro Transit and MVTA.  The recently rebuilt Hwy 100 will pick up some of the traffic, plan for a 10 month detour for this section of Hwy 169.

For information on how to improve your commute and avoid construction congestion: Move Minneapolis

Protected Bike Lanes Reduce Cycling Accidents

 

                               photo: Active Transportation Alliance

Improvements of bike lane infrastructure in Minneapolis are paying off in lower injury and bike fatality rates. According to an editorial published by the American Journal of Public Health, bike accidents are down 75 percent and fatalities 79 percent per 100,000 trips in Minneapolis over a 15 year period from 2000 – 2015. The research demonstrates that protected bikeways (dedicated trails, or separate lanes with a barrier from vehicular traffic) are the safest for cyclists. There are over 100 miles of protected bikeways in Minneapolis — most of them dedicated trails such as the Midtown Greenway. This doesn’t include 35 miles of bike boulevards and streets of painted lanes where bikes share the road with motor vehicles.

Canadian research, including a study from the University of British Columbia, found the injury rate was 89 percent lower on streets that impose raised curbs, posts or other barriers between cars and cyclists, compared with streets without any bike markings. Protected lanes are much safer than unprotected lanes and attract more cyclists. This is encouraging for downtown bicycle commuters who have felt challenged navigating city streets with vehicle traffic. A lack of safe bike routes in downtown Minneapolis is one of the main barriers to expanding bicycle commuting to more workers.

Minneapolis has the most bike lanes per square mile in a ranking of national cities, according to 2014 data compiled the bike advocacy group Alliance for Biking and Walking.  The 5.8 mile of lanes per square mile includes lanes protected with plastic posts, curbs or parked cars, regular painted lanes, and off-road paths. The goal is to build 30 more miles of protected on-street lanes by 2020. Protected bikeway projects currently under construction or in the planning stages in downtown Minneapolis include; Washington Avenue,  5th Street Reconnect/Samatar Crossing and Hennepin Avenue.

Rail Platform Safety & Accessibility Pilot Program

 

Metro Transit is installing between car barriers and priority boarding area tiles on the METRO Green Line’s Raymond Avenue station platforms as a pilot project.

This pilot project is part of a broader effort to identify light rail station improvements for customers with visual disabilities. The Raymond Avenue station was chosen because of its proximity to the State Services for the Blind office on University Avenue. They allow customers with visual disabilities to know where to expect a train door. The pilot project includes an installation of tiles at the front vehicle door of the first train car only.
Between-car barriers provide a warning to individuals from mistaking the gap between train cars for a doorway and inadvertently stepping off the platform between stopped train cars.

The pilot project will test these design elements, observing how customers use or interact with these platform features and how the materials withstand maintenance activities and winter weather.
Comments? Take an online survey . If you have ideas of other ways to improve safety for customers, email kimberly.zlimen@metrotransit.org.

Donate to Toys for Tots and get a Northstar Family Pass

 

Help brighten a child’s holiday – and get a free Northstar Family Pass.
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There are two great ways to drop off toys this season! Bring a new, unwrapped toy on your way into downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday, Dec. 14.
Or bring your whole family on the train for a special free “Train ride with Santa” on Saturday, Dec. 17.

U.S. Marines, Metro Transit and BNSF staff will be at Target Field on Dec. 14 & 17 to accept donations from Northstar customers.

In exchange for donations of new, unwrapped toys, customers will receive a free Northstar Family Pass to use at a later date (limit one pass per customer) or share with a friend.

Donations will be accepted:

• Wednesday, Dec. 14 (5:30-8:30 a.m. & 3-6:15 p.m.)

• Saturday, Dec. 17  Free “Train ride with Santa” (schedule below)

In addition there will be a special toy drop-off event on Saturday, Dec. 17 that includes a Free train ride with Santa to Target Field Station. Festivities start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 at Big Lake Station. Ride the Northstar for free with Santa all the way to downtown Minneapolis. Drop off your donations and pose with Santa at Target Field Station, write a letter to Santa, enjoy refreshments and shop downtown.

Schedule for the FREE “Train Ride with Santa” shown below:
Big Lake: 11:00 a.m.
Elk River: 11:10 a.m.
Ramsey: 11:16 a.m.
Anoka: 11:21 p.m.
Coon Rapids: 11:25 a.m.
Fridley: 11:33 a.m.
Target Field: 11:52 p.m.
Return FREE “Train Ride with Santa” shown below:

Target Field: 2:30 p.m.
Fridley: 2:49 p.m.
Coon Rapids: 2:57 p.m.
Anoka: 3:01 p.m.
Ramsey: 3:06 p.m.
Elk River: 3:12 p.m.
Big Lake: 3:22 p.m.

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