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

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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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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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Anti-LRT protest planned for Green Line's opening day

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$957 million later, the first passenger-carrying Green Line trains will roll past the Weisman tomorrow.
:::: UPDATE :::: Anti-LRT protest on Green Line's opening day was a bust

Steve Ellenwood, a Woodbury resident who describes himself as "very active" in Republican politics, is organizing an anti-LRT protest planned to take place during the Green Line's opening day tomorrow.

"We're just a group of people that are very, very concerned about the financial commitment we've subjected future generations to," Ellenwood tells us. "When you listen to proponents of this, you keep hearing them say [LRT] is going to cut congestion, which is a bunch of BS. That's already proven not to be true."

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Green Line LRT will indeed get you home after bar close time [NEW TIME-LAPSE VIDEO]


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Green Line LRT will indeed get you home after bar close time [NEW TIME-LAPSE VIDEO]

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It might not get you there as quickly as you'd like (at least at first), but the recently released opening day schedule for Green Line LRT indicates the train will indeed take you home after you close down the bar.

Though the initial plan was for trains to only run until about 1 a.m., Metro Transit apparently reconsidered and beefed up service. Both during the week and on weekends, trains depart Target Field for Union Depot and vice versa at least once an hour throughout the night and into the wee hours of the morning.

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Metro Transit not sweating report indicating Green Line LRT is slower than bus

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The 11-mile Green Line cost $957 million.
MPR recently tracked four Green Line test runs from downtown St. Paul to downtown Minneapolis and back again to see how long the trip takes. The results weren't pretty, but Metro Transit isn't worried about it at this point.

The average trip from Union Depot Station to Target Field Station took one hour, 10 minutes, with the ride back to St. Paul only six minutes shorter. That's dramatically longer than the original 39 minute estimate. (That estimate, it should be noted, came before stops were added at Hamline Avenue, Victoria Street, and Western Avenue.)

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Metro Transit Route 10 bus hits pedestrian in downtown Mpls; 12 injured [PHOTOS]

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-- Update: Check out photos from the crash scene at bottom --

Around 8:30 p.m. last night, a Metro Transit Route 10 bus traveling southbound on 2nd Avenue South hit a pedestrian in the intersection of 2nd and Washington Avenue.

The circumstances surrounding the collision remain under investigation, but the pedestrian was transported to the hospital "conscious and breathing," Metro Transit spokesman John Siqveland tells us. The pedestrian wasn't the only person injured in the crash, however -- the whiplash effect that resulted from the driver slamming the brakes injured 10 passengers who "complained of minor injuries" and were also sent to the hospital.

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Metro Transit bus driver who was fired following sex crime charge gets reinstated by arbitrator

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On February 12, a Metro Transit bus driver was at work when he was placed under arrest by Metro Transit Police and held on behalf of Plymouth authorities. He was later charged with criminal sexual contact. One of his bail conditions specified he was barred from having any unsupervised contact with minors.

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On March 1, Metro Transit informed the driver that he was going to lose his job because of the aforementioned bail condition, which officials claimed made it impossible for the driver to fulfill his duties. But in a recent ruling, an arbitrator sided with the driver's union and determined Metro Transit overstepped its bounds in firing him.

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Metro Transit bus driver fired after causing four accidents in less than three years

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Ever wonder what it takes to lose your job as a Metro Transit bus driver? Apparently, causing four accidents in less than three years will do the trick.

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An unnamed bus driver who lost his job for exactly that contested his termination through his union, but last month, an arbitrator upheld Metro Transit's decision to oust him.

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Metro Transit bus crashes near Uptown [PHOTO]

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-- Update at bottom --

On its Twitter account, WCCO has published a photo of a 17F route Metro Transit bus that crashed this morning near West Lake Street and West Calhoun Parkway.

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Details are scant at this point, but the photo indicates an ambulance is on the scene.

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