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metro transit working to fix 1,200 heat lamps vandalized at bus and light-rail s


the heat is on in one shelter at the government center light-rail station in downtown minneapolis, but others at the popular stop are not working.it’s the same story at the warehouse district/hennepin avenue station where the overhead heat lamps that provide protection against the elements are on the fritz, leaving riders to stand in the cold and wind.turns out that’s a widespread problem. more than 1,000 heat lamps at light-rail stations and bus shelters across the system don’t work, said spokesman howie padilla.“a large majority of them were vandalized,” he said.the heaters are made from one or more 12-inch glass tubes and are targets for vandals, especially in downtown minneapolis and st. paul, said mike maddio, manager of facilities for metro transit.since early october, he said, four






as temps dip, metro transit works to fix 500 vandalized heat lamps at shelters


the heat is on in one shelter at the government center light-rail station in downtown minneapolis, but others at the popular stop are not working.it's the same story at the warehouse district/hennepin avenue station, where the overhead heat lamps that provide protection against the elements are on the fritz, leaving riders left to stand in the cold and wind.turns out that's a widespread problem. more than 1,000 heat lamps at light-rail stations and bus shelters across the system are not working, metro transit said.the reason: vandalism, said spokesman howie padilla.metro transit became aware of the problem during the cold snap earlier this month after riders complained. and as the temperatures continue their slide into winter, riders are asking for the heaters to be fixed so they can stay






as temps dip, metro transit works to fix 500 vandalized heat lamps at shelters


the heat is on in one shelter at the government center light-rail station in downtown minneapolis, but others at the popular stop are not working.it's the same story at the warehouse district/hennepin avenue station where the overhead heat lamps that provide protection against the elements are on the fritz, leaving riders left to stand in the cold and wind.turns out that's a widespread problem. hundreds of heat lamps at light-rail stations and bus shelters across the system are not working, metro transit said.the reason: vandalism, said spokesman howie padilla.metro transit became aware of the problem during the cold snap earlier this month after riders complained. and as the temperatures continue their slide into winter, riders are asking for the heaters to be fixed so they can stay warm






you're in luck: metro transit offers free rides for st. patrick's day


metro transit is offering free bus and light-rail rides starting at 6 p.m. on st. patrick’s day.“whether you’ll be out celebrating or you’re not interested in driving alongside those who are, riding metro transit is an easy, safe alternative,” the agency said in a news release.metro transit has teamed up with miller lite to offer free rides on buses and light-rail trains from 6 p.m. friday until 3 a.m. saturday.free rides will also be available on minnesota valley transit authority, southwest transit and anoka transit routes.no fare or coupons are needed, metro transit said. just hop on and get to where you’re going — safely.twitter: @karenanelzamora






super bowl will restrict light-rail use on game day


if you’re headed to worship, work or play on super bowl sunday, don’t count on taking a light-rail train to get there.blue line trains between mall of america and downtown minneapolis will be restricted to those with tickets to the game at u.s. bank stadium and a $30 light-rail “game-day pass.”green line trains will run normally between union depot in st. paul and stadium village in minneapolis. west of stadium village, trains will carry only ticket holders to the stadium, and beyond.ticket holders and the trains will undergo security screenings at mall of america and a stadium village checkpoint. train riders will go without stopping to the football stadium and enter there without further screening.metro transit will operate buses every 10 to 15 minutes along the light-rail lines for ever






super bowl will restrict light-rail use on game day


if you're headed to worship, work or play on super bowl sunday, don't count on taking a light-rail train to get there.blue line trains between mall of america and downtown minneapolis will be restricted to those with tickets to the game at u.s. bank stadium and a $30 light-rail "game-day pass."green line trains will run normally between union depot in st. paul and stadium village in minneapolis. west of stadium village, trains will carry only ticket holders to the stadium, and beyond.ticket holders and the trains will undergo security screenings at mall of america and a stadium village checkpoint. train riders will go without stopping to the football stadium and enter there without further screening.metro transit will operate buses every 10 to 15 minutes along the light-rail lines for ever






metro transit wins award for improving light-rail safety


metro transit picked up a gold award for safety from the american public transportation association for its efforts to improve pedestrian safety along light rail lines.






water main break shuts down segment of stinson blvd. in minneapolis


a one-block stretch of stinson boulevard is closed friday morning after a water main burst, a city of minneapolis spokesman said.the 48- inch water main burst in the early morning hours near broadway street in northeast minneapolis  sending thousands of gallons of water rushing into the street, said spokesman casper hill.no customers have lost water service as the main is a "transition" main that delivers water to pipes in the system.crews are now in the process of shutting off the water and are working to make repairs, he said.hwy. 169 will be single lane in champlin this weekendnewer postas temps dip, metro transit works to fix 500 vandalized heat lamps at shelters






light-rail transit will be limited to all but ticket-holders on super bowl sunda


if you're headed out to worship, work or play on super bowl sunday, don't count on taking a light-rail train to get there.blue line trains between mall of america and downtown minneapolis will be restricted to those who have tickets to the big game at u.s. bank stadium and a $30 light-rail "gameday pass."green line trains will run normally between union depot in downtown st. paul and stadium village in minneapolis. west of stadium village, green line trains will carry only ticket holders to the stadium, and beyond to target field.ticket holders and the trains themselves will undergo security screenings at mall of america and a stadium village checkpoint, ride the trains without stopping to the football stadium and enter there without further screening.metro transit will operate station-to-






ditch the traffic and take public transit to july 4 celebrations


to help get revelers home after july 4 fireworks, king county metro is boosting service with 40 extra buses. and light rail will operate for an extra hour.good news for those hoping to catch independence day fireworks but dreading the traffic snarl afterward: sound transit and king county metro will run extended light-rail and extra bus service to help crowds get home without driving.metro will deploy 40 additional buses between 10:30 p.m. and midnight on routes serving seattle center, gas works park, downtown and light-rail stations. and light rail will run until 2 a.m. on wednesday, july 5, an hour later than normal.the downtown transit tunnel will close at 2:20 a.m. july 5 to accommodate the extended service. otherwise, metro and light rail will operate on a normal sunday/holiday schedu






ditch the traffic and take public transit to july 4 celebrations


to help get revelers home after july 4 fireworks, king county metro is boosting service with 40 extra buses. and light rail will operate for an extra hour.good news for those hoping to catch independence day fireworks but dreading the traffic snarl afterward: sound transit and king county metro will run extended light-rail and extra bus service to help crowds get home without driving.metro will deploy 40 additional buses between 10:30 p.m. and midnight on routes serving seattle center, gas works park, downtown and light-rail stations. and light rail will run until 2 a.m. on wednesday, july 5, an hour later than normal.the downtown transit tunnel will close at 2:20 a.m. july 5 to accommodate the extended service. otherwise, metro and light rail will operate on a normal sunday/holiday schedu






officer in viral light-rail incident resigned from metro transit police


a metro transit police officer who asked a light-rail passenger about his immigration status — a request caught on video that went viral — was not fired by the department, but resigned on his own, according to the labor union that represents police officers.andy lamers, who remains as a full-time member of the new hope police department, “was not terminated by metro transit for any policy violation, as some media reports have indicated,” said sean gormley, executive director of law enforcement labor services.rather, lamers “resigned on his own accord, in part to try to spare metro transit from further scrutiny. he regrets the attention this issue has brought to his fellow officers at metro transit,” gormley said in a statement.ariel vences-lopez, a 23-year-old man from mexico, was approach






man asked about legal status on light rail train to be deported


a man questioned by a metro transit officer about his immigration status while riding the light rail on may 14, a scene captured in a video viewed more than a million times, will be deported.metro transit police chief john harrington confirmed the reports, first brought to light by the st. paul pioneer press friday evening, in a statement saturday.the police officer in the video seen asking the man, "are you here illegally?" is no longer employed by metro transit, harrington said.the video drew outrage from people around the nation who questioned the officer's right to ask about immigration status. "we also are working to re-establish the trust that was broken by this isolated incident," harrington's statement read.ariel vences-lopez, a 23-year-old man from mexico, was arrested may 14 on s






metro transit wins award for improving light-rail safety


metro transit picked up a gold award for safety from the american public transportation association (apta) for its efforts to improve pedestrian safety along light rail lines.the award lauded the transit agency for executing a public outreach and engineering program that included billboards, on-board and platform advertisements posted at rail platforms and inside rail cars, and social media messages broadcast to more than 2 million people emphasizing the proper way for motorists and pedestrians to interact with trains.it also cited new flashing "wig-wag" headlights installed on the front of light-rail vehicles to make them more visible to pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. the lights operate whenever a train pulls into or out of a station, or crosses a street or pedestrian crossing.the s






metro transit wins award for improving light-rail safety


metro transit picked up a gold award for safety from the american public transportation association (apta) for its efforts to improve pedestrian safety along light rail lines.the award lauded the transit agency for executing a public outreach and engineering program that included billboards, on-board and platform advertisements posted at rail platforms and inside rail cars, and social media messages broadcast to more than 2 million people emphasizing the proper way for motorists and pedestrians to interact with trains.it also cited new flashing "wig-wag" headlights installed on the front of light-rail vehicles to make them more visible to pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. the lights operate whenever a train pulls into or out of a station, or crosses a street or pedestrian crossing.the s






i-90 light rail: brt instead


we recently learned that an additional $225 million is needed to retrofit the i-90 floating bridge to carry light rail. when light rail was first proposed a decade ago we were told the floating bridge could carry light-rail trains.last january, king county metro announced the purchase of 73 zero-emission, battery-powered buses. buses can use the floating bridge without expensive retrofits or laying track. the current plans for rail should be modified to instead provide dedicated lanes for buses. bus rapid-transit systems (brt) with lanes reserved exclusively for buses are already in more than 200 cities worldwide. this is a proven rapid-transit option.brt is much less expensive than rail but offers at least the same capacity, convenience and predictability. unlike trains, buses can continu






downtown minneapolis will be without light-rail service for 11 days


minneapolis light-rail riders, get ready to hoof it, bike it or take a replacement bus to finish your journey into downtown.starting thursday, u.s. bank stadium station will be the end of the line for both blue and green trains as metro transit begins an 11-day shut down in the downtown area as a maintenance project that includes replacing tracks, repairing concrete and overhead wires, and improving signals.buses will fill in for trains between the vikings’ stadium and target field from 6:45 p.m. thursday through 5 a.m. july 3 in what will be the longest disruption in light-rail service since trains began operating in 2004.“this will be a challenge as it is longer than we have ever experienced,” said metro transit spokesman drew kerr. “this will be unique for us and anybody downtown.”train






downtown minneapolis will be without light-rail service for 11 days


minneapolis light-rail riders, get ready to hoof it, bike it or take a replacement bus to finish your journey into downtown.starting thursday, u.s. bank stadium station will be the end of the line for both blue and green trains as metro transit begins an 11-day shut down in the downtown area as a maintenance project that includes replacing tracks, repairing concrete and overhead wires, and improving signals.buses will fill in for trains between the vikings' stadium and target field from 6:45 p.m. thursday through 5 a.m. july 3 in what will be the longest disruption in light-rail service since trains began operating in 2004."this will be a challenge as it is longer than we have ever experienced," said metro transit spokesman drew kerr. "this will be unique for us and anybody downtown."train






no overnight light-rail service monday night in downtown minneapolis


metro transit has announced a four-hour shut down of light-rail service from late monday until early tuesday in downtown minneapolis.buses will replace blue and green line trains from 11:30 p.m. monday and 3:30 a.m. tuesday between u.s. bank stadium station and target field station. buses will run in their place, metro transit said.green line trains will run as normal between u.s. bank stadium and union depot.  blue line trains will operate as scheduled between u.s. bank stadium and mall of america in bloomington.the shut down will allow metro transit to test electrical work that was completed during the recent 11-day shut down.weekend traffic: bridge projects bring closures, lane reductions on i-35w






officer involved in viral immigration incident resigned from metro transit polic


a metro transit police officer who asked a light-rail passenger about his immigration status — a request caught on video that went viral — was not fired by the department, but resigned on his own, according to the labor union that represents police officers.andy lamers, who remains as a full-time member of the new hope police department, “was not terminated by metro transit for any policy violation, as some media reports have indicated,” said sean gormley, executive director of law enforcement labor services.rather, lamers “resigned on his own accord, in part to try to spare metro transit from further scrutiny. he regrets the attention this issue has brought to his fellow officers at metro transit,” gormley said in a statement.ariel vences-lopez, a 23-year-old man from mexico, was approach






met council to hold public meetings on possible transit fare hikes


the public will soon get the chance to comment on a proposed fare hike for metro transit buses, light rail, northstar commuter rail and metro mobility service.after months of deliberation, the metropolitan council took the first tangible step to raising fares by voting wednesday to hold a series of public meetings. this doesn’t necessarily mean that a fare hike will happen, however.faced with a $74 million deficit, proposed cuts in state funding and a decline in tax receipts, the regional planning body is looking for ways to generate more revenue — though a fare hike alone won’t solve the council’s cash crunch.metro transit, which provided more than 82 million rides last year, hasn’t increased fares since 2008. even so, but proposed fare hike has already met with resistance from transit us






met council to hold public meetings on possible transit fare hikes


the public will soon get the chance to comment on a proposed fare hike for metro transit buses, light rail, northstar commuter rail and metro mobility service.after months of deliberation, the metropolitan council took the first tangible step to raising fares by voting wednesday to hold a series of public meetings. this doesn’t necessarily mean that a fare hike will happen, however.faced with a $47 million deficit, proposed cuts in state funding and a decline in tax receipts, the regional planning body is looking for ways to generate more revenue — though a fare hike alone won’t solve the council’s cash crunch.metro transit, which provided more than 82 million rides last year, hasn’t increased fares since 2008. even so, but proposed fare hike has already met with resistance from transit us






maintenance to take light-rail trains offline in downtown mpls. for 3 days


light-rail riders will be put on buses thursday night through monday morning as metro transit conducts maintenance operations in downtown minneapolis.blue and green line trains will not run between u.s. bank station and target field from 6:45 p.m. thursday through 3:30 a.m. monday, metro transit said.blue line trains will operate as normal between u.s. bank station and mall of america and green line trains will run between u.s. bank stadium and union depot in st. paul as normal during the shut down.buses will shuttle passengers between u.s. bank stadium and target field on a similar schedule as trains while the work is done, but metro transit warns that trips may take longer than usual.weekend traffic: memorial day getaway and lots of sporting events






man questioned about immigration status on st. paul light rail to be deported


a man questioned by a metro transit officer about his immigration status while riding the light rail this month, a scene captured in a video viewed more than a million times, will be deported.metro transit police chief john harrington confirmed the reports, first brought to light in media reports friday evening, in a statement saturday.the police officer, who in the video is seen asking the man, "are you here illegally?", is no longer employed by metro transit, according to harrington."we also are working to re-establish the trust that was broken by this isolated incident," his statement read.the video drew outrage from people around the nation who questioned the officer's power to ask about a passenger's immigration status.ariel vences-lopez, a 23-year-old from mexico, was arrested may 14






man asked about legal status on st. paul light rail to be deported


a man questioned by a metro transit officer about his immigration status while riding the light rail this month, a scene captured in a video viewed more than a million times, will be deported.metro transit police chief john harrington confirmed the reports, first brought to light in media reports friday evening, in a statement saturday.the police officer, who in the video is seen asking the man, “are you here illegally?”, is no longer employed by metro transit, according to harrington.“we also are working to re-establish the trust that was broken by this isolated incident,” his statement read.the video drew outrage from people around the nation who questioned the officer’s power to ask about a passenger’s immigration status.ariel vences-lopez, a 23-year-old from mexico, was arrested may 14






man asked about legal status on light rail train to be deported


a man questioned by a metro transit officer about his immigration status while riding the light rail on may 14, a scene captured in a video viewed more than a million times, will be deported.metro transit police chief john harrington confirmed the reports, first brought to light by the st. paul pioneer press friday evening, in a statement saturday.the police officer in the video seen asking the man, “are you here illegally?” is no longer employed by metro transit, harrington said.the video drew outrage from people around the nation who questioned the officer’s right to ask about immigration status. “we also are working to re-establish the trust that was broken by this isolated incident,” harrington’s statement read.ariel vences-lopez, a 23-year-old man from mexico, was arrested may 14 on s






man asked about legal status on light rail train to be deported


a man questioned by a metro transit officer about his immigration status while riding the light rail on may 14, a scene captured in a video viewed more than a million times, will be deported.metro transit police chief john harrington confirmed the reports, first brought to light by the st. paul pioneer press friday evening, in a statement saturday.the police officer in the video seen asking the man, “are you here illegally?”, is no longer employed by metro transit, harrington said.the video drew outrage from people around the nation who questioned the officer’s power to ask about a passenger’s immigration status. “we also are working to re-establish the trust that was broken by this isolated incident,” harrington’s statement read.ariel vences-lopez, a 23-year-old man from mexico, was arres






metro transit rolls out discounted summer fares for children, teens


the metro-sponsored pilot project for orca youth card users aims to boost the number of teens and children on buses, light rail, commuter trains and streetcars during the summer.all children and teens in king county soon will be able to ride public transit at a discounted rate as part of a push by transportation officials to get more young people on buses, light rail, commuter trains and streetcars during the summer.starting june 17, riders ages 6 through 18 with orca youth cards can tap their passes while boarding king county metro transit buses and seattle streetcars for only a 50-cent fare — $1 less than the standard, single-ride tickets for youth. they’ll also be able to ride sound transit buses, light rail and sounder trains for $1. cash-paying riders won’t get discounts.“it allows a






man asked about legal status on st. paul light rail to be deported


a man questioned by a metro transit officer about his immigration status while riding the light rail on may 14, a scene captured in a video viewed more than a million times, will be deported.metro transit police chief john harrington confirmed the reports, first brought to light by the st. paul pioneer press friday evening, in a statement saturday.the police officer in the video seen asking the man, “are you here illegally?”, is no longer employed by metro transit, harrington said.the video drew outrage from people around the nation who questioned the officer’s power to ask about a passenger’s immigration status. “we also are working to re-establish the trust that was broken by this isolated incident,” harrington’s statement read.ariel vences-lopez, a 23-year-old man from mexico, was arres






man asked about legal status on blue line light rail to be deported


a man questioned by a metro transit officer about his immigration status while riding the light rail on may 14, a scene captured in a video viewed more than a million times, will be deported.metro transit police chief john harrington confirmed the reports, first brought to light by the st. paul pioneer press friday evening, in a statement saturday.the police officer in the video seen asking the man, “are you here illegally?”, is no longer employed by metro transit, harrington said.the video drew outrage from people around the nation who questioned the officer’s power to ask about a passenger’s immigration status. “we also are working to re-establish the trust that was broken by this isolated incident,” harrington’s statement read.ariel vences-lopez, a 23-year-old man from mexico, was arres






transit go ticket download


download download the transit go ticket app allows riders to buy bus, rail and water taxi tickets using their mobile device. no more worries about carrying cash for transit fare, transit go ticket is good on king county metro buses, sound transit light rail, king county water taxi and seattle streetcar.






no overnight light-rail service monday night in downtown minneapolis


metro transit has announced a four-hour shut down of light-rail service from late monday until early tuesday in downtown minneapolis.buses will replace blue and green line trains from 11:30 p.m. monday and 3:30 a.m. tuesday between u.s. bank stadium station and target field station. buses will run in their place, metro transit said.green line trains will run as normal between u.s. bank stadium and union depot.  blue line trains will operate as scheduled between u.s. bank stadium and mall of america in bloomington.the shut down will allow metro transit to test electrical work that was completed during the recent 11-day shut down.weekend traffic: bridge projects bring closures, lane reductions on i-35wnewer postwork inside portland tunnel on i-94 brings overnight closure tuesday






met council to hold public meetings on possible transit fare hikes


the public will soon get the chance to comment on a proposed fare hike for metro transit buses, light rail, northstar commuter rail and metro mobility service.after months of deliberation, the metropolitan council took the first tangible step to raising fares by voting wednesday to hold a series of public meetings. this doesn’t mean a fare hike will happen, however.faced with a $74 million deficit, proposed cuts in state funding and a decline in tax receipts, the regional planning body is looking to generate more revenue — though a fare hike alone won’t solve the cash crunch.metro transit, which provided more than 82 million rides last year, hasn’t increased fares since 2008. even so, the proposed hike has met with resistance from transit users.the council is pitching several scenarios, in






seattle area spends most per capita to build transit and here’s why


even before the passage of sound transit 3, the seattle area was spending more, per capita, on new transit projects than any city in the country, according to data compiled by the federal transit administration. we take a look at why.rewind to 2015. before the uproar over increased car-tab fees. before voters had approved $54 billion for 62 new miles of light rail and boosts to bus lines and commuter rail.before any sound transit 3 spending went into effect, the seattle region was already spending more, per capita, on new buses, trains and other transit projects than any other major city in the country.light-rail ridership soars in year after uw and capitol hill stations openfor each person in the seattle urban area, local transit agencies spent nearly $400 on capital expenses in 2015, the






transit officials roll out discounted summer fares for children, teens


the pilot project for orca youth card users aims to boost the number of teens and children on buses, light rail, commuter trains and streetcars during the summer.all children and teens will soon be able to ride king county metro transit and sound transit services at a discounted rate as part of a push by transportation officials to get more young people on buses, light rail, commuter trains and streetcars during the summer.starting june 17, riders ages 6 through 18 with orca youth cards can tap their passes while boarding king county metro transit buses and seattle streetcars for only a 50-cent fare — $1 less than the standard, single-ride tickets for youth. they’ll also be able to ride sound transit buses, light rail and sounder trains for $1. cash-paying riders won’t get discounts.“it al






downtown minneapolis will be without light-rail service for 11 days


minneapolis light-rail riders, get ready to hoof it, bike it or take a replacement bus to finish your journey into downtown.starting thursday, u.s. bank stadium station will be the end of the line for both blue and green trains as metro transit begins an 11-day shutdown in the downtown area for a maintenance project that includes replacing tracks, repairing concrete and overhead wires, and improving signals."this will be a challenge as it is longer than we have ever experienced," said metro transit spokesman drew kerr. "this will be unique for us and anybody downtown."the maintenance work will also impact downtown traffic as streets crossing the light-rail tracks will be closed at various times when new track is put down. the first to close will be the intersection of 5th street and hennep






about 150 flights canceled after delta grounds u.s. flights


closeskip in skipxembedxshare delta air lines canceled 150 flights sunday after grounding its u.s. flights due to an automation issue, the company said in a statement. and the company expects more cancellations. usa today networkdelta air lines jet sits at a gate at hartsfield-jackson atlanta international airport in atlanta.(p o: david goldman, ap)delta air lines canceled 150 flights sunday after grounding its u.s. flights due to an automation issue, the company said in a statement. and the company expects more cancellations.delta said in a statement around 11:45 p.m. et that airline's it systems "returned to normal" the ground stop was lifted. the cancellations and delays left thousands of airline travelers in limbo across the country.“i want to apologize to all of our customers who have