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west metro news briefs: housing complex opens in hopkins near future light-rail


an affordable housing complex in hopkins, located near the site of a future station for the proposed southwest light-rail line, celebrated its grand opening this month.the $15 million oxford village complex offers 51 units for people who make up to 60 percent of the area median income, or about $42,000 a year for a family of four.it includes studios to three-bedroom units, with rents between $600 and $995 a month, underground parking, community room, laundry facilities and outdoor decks. six units are reserved for people who were once homeless.construction on the complex began last december. hopkins officials expect it to be fully occupied next month.the complex is at 439 n. blake road, about a third of a mile from the proposed blake road station for the southwest line.the developers, proj






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






west metro briefs: edina considers possibility of passenger rail service


edina is studying the possibility of a commuter rail service through the city and is seeking feedback from residents and business owners.city officials and the project consultant are hosting a public meeting on the issue from 5 to 7 p.m. on july 25 at the public works and park maintenance facility, 7450 metro blvd. residents will be able to view information displays and ask questions of project staff.the city is considering reactivating commuter rail on the dan patch corridor, which is west of hwy. 100 and runs north-south through edina.the transportation commission is expected to make a recommendation on commuter rail to the city council in september.another public meeting will be scheduled at a later date. more information is available online at edinamn.gov/passenger-rail-report.miguel o






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-






west line village to offer “attainable” for-sale housing near sheridan light rai


the w line‘s first large-scale for-sale housing development is set to rise starting this summer near sheridan station in lakewood.west line village at west 10th avenue and depew street will feature 134 row-homes in its initial phases, a huge infusion of new housing stock in lakewood’s oldest neighborhood, two creeks, just west of sheridan boulevard.prices in the transit-oriented development will start in the high $200,000s and go up to the mid-$400,000s, developers dirc homes, trailbreak partners and t.o.d. properties said. the average unit price will be in the mid-$300,000s,, with about 20 of the 134 row-homes listed below $300,000.“we really wanted to create a large-scale community here of attainable housing,” said paul malone, president of dirc homes.construction is scheduled to get und






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






metro transit: free bus rides on lrt routes during super bowl


metro transit on wednesday said it will offer free rides for blue and green line passengers who will be put on replacement buses on super bowl sunday as portions of both light-rail lines will be restricted exclusively for fans heading to the game.the announcement came after scores of riders raised concerns about the plan to use the blue line to shuttle fans with tickets and a  $30 light-rail “game-day pass” between mall of america and u.s. bank stadium. trains will not stop between the mall and the stadium.on the green line, only ticket holders will be allowed to ride from trains from stadium village west into downtown minneapolis on feb. 4.in lieu of light-rail service, metro transit will provide station-to-station service every 10 to 15 minutes along both the blue and green lines using b






metro transit: free bus rides on lrt routes during super bowl


metro transit on wednesday said it will offer free rides for blue and green line passengers who will be put on replacement buses on super bowl sunday as portions of both light-rail lines will be restricted exclusively for fans heading to the game.the announcement came after scores of riders raised concerns about the plan to use the blue line to shuttle fans with tickets and a  $30 light-rail “game-day pass” between mall of america and u.s. bank stadium. trains will not stop between the mall and the stadium.on the green line, only ticket holders will be allowed to ride from trains from stadium village west into downtown minneapolis on feb. 4.in lieu of light-rail service, metro transit will provide station-to-station service every 10 to 15 minutes along both the blue and green lines using b






metro transit: free bus rides on lrt routes during super bowl


metro transit on wednesday said it will offer free rides for blue and green line passengers who will be put on replacement buses on super bowl sunday as portions of both light-rail lines will be restricted exclusively for fans heading to the game.the announcement came after scores of riders raised concerns about the plan to use the blue line to shuttle fans with tickets and a  $30 light-rail “game-day pass” between mall of america and u.s. bank stadium. trains will not stop between the mall and the stadium.on the green line, only ticket holders will be allowed to ride from trains from stadium village west into downtown minneapolis on feb. 4.in lieu of light-rail service, metro transit will provide station-to-station service every 10 to 15 minutes along both the blue and green lines using b






hopkins mayoral candidate says light rail would bring 'ethnics' and 'riff raff'


a video of hopkins mayoral candidate bob ivers using racial epithets in a discussion about the southwest light-rail line at a candidate forum this week is drawing a critical response on social media.the clip, which was taped monday during a mayoral and city council forum hosted by the league of women voters, shows ivers referring to minority groups as “ethnics” and “coloreds,” and saying that light rail would bring “riff raff” and “trash” into the city.“the light rail to me is nothing but a tube that’s going to bring riff raff and trash from minneapolis,” ivers, 64, says in the clip. “it’s going to make it easy for them to come into hopkins.”ivers’ opponent, hopkins mayor molly cummings, was present at the forum and called his comments “outrageous, unfortunate and ... frightening.”dozens o






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






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.






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






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






deal reached to sell metro bus station to expand washington state convention cen


king county has reached a tentative $161 million deal to sell off a bus station, making room to expand the washington state convention centerking county metro has reached a tentative deal to sell a downtown bus station for $161 million to the washington state convention center, for its massive expansion project.metro’s convention place station, at the north end of the downtown seattle transit tunnel, would likely close sept. 30, 2018. the expansion includes an eight-acre exhibit hall with loading docks at or below surface, where buses now meet passengers or stop for layovers between trips.that would push six metro routes and sound transit’s 550 bellevue-seattle line onto surface streets, where local governments are negotiating possible bus-lane additions. most read storiesunlimited digital






hopkins mayoral candidate says light rail would bring 'ethnics' and 'riff raff'


a hopkins mayoral candidate says that a proposed light-rail line through that suburb would bring with it “riff raff and trash” from minneapolis, including people he called “ethnics” and “coloreds.”the candidate, bob ivers, made the comments during a discussion of the southwest line at a mayoral and city council forum held monday by the league of women voters.ivers ran unsuccessfully for mayor two years ago and is again challenging molly cummings, the incumbent. a video clip of the forum drew critical reaction friday on social media.“the light rail to me is nothing but a tube that’s going to bring riff raff and trash from minneapolis,” ivers, 64, says in the clip. “it’s going to make it easy for them to come into hopkins.”cummings, who was at the forum, on friday called his comments “outrag






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-35wnewer postwork inside portland tunnel on i-94 brings overnight closure tuesday






railroad crossing safety behind effort wednesday in hopkins


a motorist blocked the light-rail tracks tuesday afternoon in downtown minneapolis. photo by paul walshabout every three hours, a person or vehicle is hit by a train the u.s. department of transportation says, and that's why hopkins police will be conducting a railroad crossing safety effort on wednesday.over the past year, train crews in the west metro suburb have reported issues with drivers stopping on the tracks and or too close to the tracks and motorists driving around stop arms, said sgt. mike glassberg."we have had two collisions at one of our crossings in the last two years, and a number of near misses," glassberg said.on wednesday, twin city western railroad, cp rail police and hopkins police will conduct a crossing enforcement detail from 3 to 6 p.m. at the intersection of excel






ride the subway in l.a.


why: while you were stuck in traffic, los angeles passed its peak automotive moment. so if you're alert to where the l.a. metro rail system's subways and light-rail cars can take you, you're probably saving time, finding fun and recognizing the story of a great urban transformation. take the red line from the san fernando valley to hollywood and miss the crunch on the 101. take the gold line from chinatown to pasadena and miss the crunch on the 110. take the expo line from downtown l.a. to santa monica and miss the crunch on the 10. whatever route you take, you'll be joining a great urban transformation.what: in 1993, the metro people -- formally, the l.a. county metropolitan transportation authority -- opened their first subway segment, a few miles of the red line between downtown and hol






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






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






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






light-rail trains won't run tonight in downtown minneapolis


light-rail trains will be replaced with buses wednesday night in downtown minneapolis as metro transit will conduct track and station maintenance.the work affecting both the blue and green lines will take place from 9:30 p.m. wednesday until 3:30 a.m. thursday. buses will fill in between target field and u.s. bank stadium stations.the affected stations include target field, hennepin avenue-warehouse district, nicollet mall, government plaza and u.s. bank stadium.replacement buses will run on a schedule similar to trains, but trips can take a few minutes longer, metro transit said.in minneapolis, snow emergency info coming to your mailbox






man fatally stabbed near lake street light-rail station in minneapolis


a man was fatally stabbed near the lake street light-rail station tuesday evening, minneapolis police said.officers from the third precinct responded to the 2200 block of e. lake street at 7:16 p.m. after several people called 911 to report a stabbing, police said.the victim was taken to hennepin county medical center, where he died.the hennepin county medical examiner's office will release the name of the victim and cause of death.this is the 32nd homicide victim in minneapolis this year, police said.metro transit blue line trains and lake street traffic were running about 9:30 p.m. as minneapolis police were processing the scene.the metro transit bus stop near the crime scene was closed briefly."i heard someone holler," said mack williams, 60, who lives in an apartment that overlooks the






man fatally stabbed near lake street light-rail station in minneapolis


a man was fatally stabbed near the lake street light-rail station tuesday evening, minneapolis police said.officers from the third precinct responded to the 2200 block of e. lake street at 7:16 p.m. after several people called 911 to report a stabbing, police said.the victim was taken to hennepin county medical center, where he died.the hennepin county medical examiner’s office will release the name of the victim and cause of death.this is the 32nd homicide victim in minneapolis this year, police said.metro transit blue line trains and lake street traffic were running about 9:30 p.m. as minneapolis police were processing the scene.the metro transit bus stop near the crime scene was closed briefly.“i heard someone holler,” said mack williams, 60, who lives in an apartment that overlooks the






special election on orchard station light rail stop


a year-long battle over a high-profile swath of land in greenwood village west of interstate 25 comes to a head in a special election tuesday, when voters will decide if more intense development around the orchard station light rail stop is appropriate for the city of 15,000.a “no” vote — no to the idea of amending the city’s comprehensive plan to encourage taller buildings and multifamily housing at the site — would have greenwood village bucking the trend of the last decade of embracing transit oriented developments near rail stations.councilwoman freda miklin, who supports question 1 on tuesday’s ballot, said not seizing the chance to build a vibrant community around one of only two rail stops in the city — instead keeping it primarily as an office park — would be a “lost opportunity.”“






special election on orchard station light rail stop


a year-long battle over a high-profile swath of land in greenwood village west of interstate 25 comes to a head in a special election tuesday, when voters will decide if more intense development around the orchard station light rail stop is appropriate for the city of 15,000.a “no” vote — no to the idea of amending the city’s comprehensive plan to encourage taller buildings and multifamily housing at the site — would have greenwood village bucking the trend of the last decade of embracing transit oriented developments near rail stations.councilwoman freda miklin, who supports question 1 on tuesday’s ballot, said not seizing the chance to build a vibrant community around one of only two rail stops in the city — instead keeping it primarily as an office park — would be a “lost opportunity.”“






all eyes on mainstreet, hopkins


photography414753293 when it comes to hopkins, all eyes are on mainstreet, the center of the city's entertainment and commercial life. the street features nothing but locally owned small businesses, as well as theaters and restaurants. the city is expecting increased foot traffic in the area once the light rail begins running and a large luxury apartment complex is built nearby. what is the secret to mainstreet's humble success, and what could other cities learn from it? shareemailprintmoreshare on:share on linkedinshare on google+share on pinterestcopy shortlink:purchase:order reprint february 25, 2017 — 1:55pm






austin metro and bus download


download download austin metro and busrealtime rail and bus predictions and austin metro map for capital metro transit, serving austin, texas. realtime austin metrorail predictions (next train) for every metro station in austin. realtime austin metrobus (next bus) predictions for every metro bus stop in the austin region. location based bus stop finder to locate metrobus stops nearby. provides navigation. mapping for austin metrorail stations and bus stops. save commonly used metro stations and stops into your favorites list for easy access. look up austin metro bus stop predictions directly by the bus stop number. view the day's full bus schedule for your bus stop. access the rail system map to plan your austin metrorail route. smartphone and tablet compatibility. and of course, free-best






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






does the proposed sodo arena site have a light-rail advantage over keyarena?


the presence of link light rail stations in sodo often is cited as an advantage. but two companies proposing to renovate keyarena say an upgraded monorail would negate the sodo advantage. with that in mind, we decided to run a timing test.public transportation has been a prime talking point in the seattle arena debate about whether a keyarena remodel or new venue in the sodo district is the best option.the presence of link light rail stations in sodo often is cited as an advantage, especially with expansion of that transit system not scheduled to arrive at keyarena until 2035. but two companies proposing to renovate keyarena — oak view group and seattle partners — say the venue has an existing light-rail connection that negates the sodo advantage: the monorail.both envision enhanced monora






silverstone primera pm01 big mid-tower atx case review


it's big enough to hold triple fan radiators on both the front and top, and it's half loaded with led fans from the factory, but is silverstone’s pm01 the best value in mainstream gaming cases?silverstone primera pm01 $119.99 newegg*shared on 3.5" traymore: best casesmore: all case contentwhite cases stand out a little bit in a sea of black ones, but the thing that stands out most about the pm01 is that peak on the back of the top panel. don’t let the big dimension numbers fool you, because beneath all the hollow plastic sits a fairly traditional ~18.5” mid-tower ch is. the lack of drive bays in front of the motherboard is its main departure from tradition, allowing cards up to 16.7” long and motherboards up to 10.7” deep, and yes, that includes most enthusiast-market boards that are bein