Minneapolis high schoolers: City buses vs. yellow ones

  • Article by: COREY MITCHELL , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 5, 2011 - 8:36 AM

Go-To transit passes are proposed for Minneapolis high schoolers.

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hermanthehunOct. 4, 11 7:59 PM

A school district does not save money my "condensing bus schedules" but by eliminating buses. The major cost of a bus, i.e. depreciation, insurance, overhead, maintenance, and profit is incurred on it's first trip. Subsequent trips are inexpensive. If Minneapolis puts high school students on Metro Transit and moves elementary schools into the time slots formerly occupied by the high schools, reducing the total number of buses, they could save money. Condensing bus schedules produces minor savings. I have to believe that the cost of the MT passes would exceed any savings, even in a best case scenario, leaving Minneapolis to subsidize Metro Transit's operations thorough expensive passes.

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thesupermanOct. 4, 11 8:13 PM

RE: hermanthehun, I think that they would save money. Considering that there are Minneapolis bus drivers get a pension.

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wildfoxOct. 4, 11 8:22 PM

Good idea this is what we did in HS in Mpls! We got bus cards to use.

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kamkamOct. 4, 11 8:59 PM

We did this in Chicago, too. We got discount "tokens" as students. One advantage in Chicago that Mpls. doesn't have is the train system in addition to buses.

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JesusrulesOct. 4, 11 9:06 PM

I detest all the school busses that park and idle for several minutes, even hours at a time. I hate breathing in diesel fumes. Good bye Minneapolis Public School busses and good riddance.

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DUSTYBOct. 4, 11 9:15 PM

Is this cost effective and do you want your child on the publice bus system? good luck

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jstanthrnbrOct. 4, 11 9:22 PM

Without seeing the details of the exact plan, this is a plan I could get behind. I could have ridden city bus to within 3 blocks of SW when I went there. It will teach time management, routing, and logistics (don't get on a full bus). Could be good. I'll have to read more on it.

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ollie3Oct. 4, 11 9:46 PM

This sounds like a good plan...to get the working adults who take buses back into their cars.

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DufferHOct. 4, 1110:02 PM

Why doesn't the district start looking for plans and programs to "save" money?

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jstanthrnbrOct. 4, 1110:08 PM

Metro transit peak fare is currently $2.25. Multiply that by 2 for round trip. Multiply that by number of school days. Multiply that by number of students "eligible". Now compare that to existing costs for same group. The CBA on this is easy.

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