How was Metro Transit Bus Service During Winter's First Storm? [GRAPH]

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Ben Johnson
A look at Metro Transit's bus service during the winter's first storm (No data available at 9:00)


Most of the metro didn't get nearly the 6-15 inches of snow the weather terrorists meteorologists said we were getting yesterday, but that didn't stop the roads from freezing and turning traffic into the crawling hellscape we've come to expect every winter.

We know the agony of waiting at a bus stop, late and cold, wondering when (or if) your ride will ever show up. Here's a graph made using Metro Transit's frequent social media updates showing it pays to hop out of bed and get going early. (Or just hit the snooze and take a half day.)

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CNN Says Twin Cities "Got Transit Right" with Green Line

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Michael Hicks
A Green Line train rolls through the U of M campus.
A CNN Money piece gives the Twin Cities props for getting transit right with the Green Line.

"Big projects often divide cities," the article notes. "But Minneapolis' light rail line is creating jobs and driving development in underserved areas." (The line serves St. Paul as well, of course, so CNN's way of putting things in the second sentence isn't quite right.)

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Metro Transit Offers Possible Explanation for Green Line Train "Running Red"

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Shortly after this still, the train passed through the intersection while another car with a green light waited precariously for it to get through.
Yesterday, we shared the answers Metro Transit gave us to questions raised by a video that appears to show a Green Line train blowing through a red traffic signal immediately after almost hitting a vehicle that was passing through the intersection with a green light.

One of the responses, however, raised another glaring question.

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Metro Transit Answers Questions About Video of Green Line Train "Running Red Light"

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Photo via Laura Baenen
A Green Line train in St. Paul near the Fairview Avenue stop.
:::: UPDATE :::: Metro Transit Offers Possible Explanation for Green Line Train "Running Red"

A couple days ago we featured video of a Green Line train that appeared just about poised to hit a vehicle passing through an intersection with a green light.

The clip raises questions about how train operators, um, conduct themselves as they navigate alongside automobile traffic on busy University Avenue, so we asked Metro Transit a bunch of questions on the topic. Yesterday, spokesperson Drew Kerr got back to us with some answers.

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Video Appears to Show Green Line Train Running Red Light, Nearly Hitting Vehicle

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:::: UPDATE :::: Metro Transit Answers Questions About Video of Green Line Train "Running Red Light"

There have been at least 13 car-involved Green Line accidents since the service opened in June, and in typical cases, train operators haven't been at fault.

But a video shot in Prospect Park on September 29 and posted to YouTube by Critical Minneapolis appears to show a Green Line train blow through a red traffic signal immediately after almost hitting a vehicle that was passing through the intersection with a green light.

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13th Car-Train Green Line Crash Results in Arrest of Alleged Drunk Driver [PHOTOS]

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Photos by Amanda White (except for the mugshot on page two)
Last night, City Pages Senior Account Manager Amanda White was riding a Green Line train from the Turf Club back to her Uptown apartment around 11:30 p.m. when a wrong-way driver smacked right into the damn thing.

White says the car was headed the wrong way down a one-way near the site of the new Vikings stadium when it hit the train. Passengers were held up for about 30 minutes as police and Metro Transit officials responded to the scene.

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Green Line train kills Shana Buchanan, controversial Twin Cities attorney

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Chris Steller on Twitter
Emergency personnel gather at the scene of Sunday's accident.
-- Update at bottom --

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner confirmed this morning that the woman killed by a Green Line train around 10:15 a.m. Sunday is Shana Gail Buchanan, a controversial Twin Cities attorney who we wrote about back in 2012.

Buchanan, 42, reportedly tried to cross the tracks near the Westgate station when she was struck by an eastbound train. Warning lights were flashing and a warning bell was ringing, but Buchanan might not have heard it, as she was wearing headphones at the time.

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Metro Transit bus driver who died driving down Nicollet Mall had history of weight issues

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Jennifer Brooks on Twitter
The aftermath of the incident.
Around 10 a.m. Friday, a Metro Transit No. 10 bus veered off Nicollet Mall, hitting a lamppost, trash bins, and the WCCO TV building in the process.

Riders reported that the driver was apparently having some sort of medical emergency in the moments before his bus veered off course, and he ended up being pronounced dead about an hour later.

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Green Line construction didn't scare businesses from Central Corridor -- quite the opposite

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Photos via Laura Baenen
The Episcopal Homes development on the former Porky's Drive-In site is one of many new construction projects along the Green Line.
One of the arguments rail haters made when LRT line being seriously discussed for University Avenue was that construction itself would kill local businesses.

With University ripped up for years, parking would be hard to find, and customers would forsake the Central Corridor in favor of more accessible places, the theory went. But numbers provided to us by the Metropolitan Council indicate that's not at all how it played out in reality.

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Anti-LRT protest on Green Line's opening day was a bust

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Occupy Wall Street it wasn't...
Steve Ellenwood blames it on the rainy weather. Others would probably identify different scapegoats. But whatever the reason, the anti-LRT protest Ellenwood organized for the Green Line's opening day was a dud. (Read the backstory here.)

When we spoke to Ellenwood last week, he said he hoped up to 200 protesters would turn out Saturday. In reality, dropping a zero from that number would get you in the ballpark of how many showed up, and that's being generous.

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