Brewing bus battle: Fancy vs. frill-free

  • Article by: DAVID PETERSON and KATIE HUMPHREY , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: August 25, 2010 - 10:38 AM

More officials are asking: Are two tiers of bus service really fair, and are affluent suburbs getting more than their share of the bucks?

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jjsbrwAug. 24, 1010:29 PM

The Freedom Foundation is "steering clear" of this debate? Gee, I wonder why?

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biggertenAug. 24, 1010:38 PM

Core cities see juicy source of revenue from the 'rich' suburbs, and want it. The core cities are a money vortex, a black hole sucking it all in. Minneapolis library over spends and goes broke? Merge it with Hennepin County library and keep spending. Same thing here. Whooosh! Even more money flushed down the inner city toilet.

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halfabubbleAug. 24, 1010:39 PM

... are also the ones who complain about "paving over our neighborhoods for bigger highways". Trains can't run every where, but buses can, and the fact that SW or MV Transit serve their customers better than Metro Transit did is a testament to how mis-managed Metro Transit is. If there are changes to be made to Transit in the Twin Cities area, then Metro Transit should start to look at their bus routes and how it sometimes takes three busses and 2-3 hours to go from one side of town to the other.

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thethinkerAug. 24, 1011:14 PM

With all of the options people have for going green those that do use the buses don't seem to be the ones complaining...Seems to me that the complaining is probabling coming out of the west metro. I can understand the complaint, totally but am really growing tired of it, because no one ever does anything in the cities... Since I have lived here all I hear from people is why doesn't the government help me, why won't they change my 6 kids diapers. Everybody wants a handout from their city and state..Get a job people then you might be able to complain and be heard. Until this state gets its collective head together and quit trying to live in the past and just accept responsibility for your actions now. Nothing will ever change...unfortunately..

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trikeracerAug. 24, 1011:23 PM

Hopped on in Bloomington between the MOA and the airport. It was a pleasant ride, friendly people getting on and off at the next few stops... until we got to Lake Street. Several groups (dare I use the term "gangs" of youth invaded the train with all of the manners of wolves in a buffet line. The blared loud, foul mouthed rap music and "sang" along with it. The yelled at each other from across the car, using foul language freely. The blocked other folks from sitting in empty seats across or next to them by putting their feet and whatever they had with them across those seats. I've already given up on the city bus. I'll be damned if I'll ever ride Light Rail past the VA again. Trash gets trash. There's a reason those nice busses with the leather seats don't operate north of 494.

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simondsAug. 24, 1011:24 PM

In other news, grass is green and water is wet.

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moodyhankAug. 24, 1011:37 PM

Lets see, another story meant to divide individuals. We really want to be a civil society, but Strib keeps pushing the division button. "God grant me the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, courage to change the things we can, and wisdom to know the difference."

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oklahgirlAug. 24, 1011:41 PM

Funny, I have never had that problem on the Light Rail. I take my kids on it all the time (they like riding on a "train"), I have taken it to Twins and Vikings games, and I have taken it to downtown to the end of the line. I have been out downtown and taken the last train that leaves for the night. I have never had such a horrible experience... granted I have had a few loud people or a few people of questionable morals, however it has never ONCE been that bad. To be quite honest, the people that have annoyed me the most were drunken Twins fans. It sounds like you have taken embellishments to every bad bus ride you've had and spewed it out as a complete lie. FYI, I live in the suburbs, and I don't think that we deserve a nicer bus.

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moodyhankAug. 24, 1011:43 PM

No, we all have police and fire departments, we just don't ask them to intervene in every squabble that happens at home. Imagine that...

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bhappyAug. 24, 1011:48 PM

I'm not talking about fast food wrappers on the floor. Hey parents- if your kid thinks the F word is a verb, this is your fault. If you kid looks like a gang banger, this is your fault. If you don't know where your kids are, whatever they do is your fault.

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