The Drive: Downtown fare zone for Metro Mobility?

  • Article by: Tim Harlow , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 10, 2014 - 9:06 AM

Metro Transit bus riders who start and end their trips completely within downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul can do so by dropping two quarters into the fare box. That’s a bargain compared to the full fare of $1.75 for off-peak and the $2.25 charged during rush hours for trips that go beyond what’s known as the Downtown Zone.

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mattaudioFeb. 9, 14 9:40 PM

Good idea, especially if coupled with 1/4 mi stop spacing for traditional Metro Transit bus routes. Buses don't need to stop every single block, especially when we have a fallback option for those with unique mobility needs.

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optionFeb. 10, 14 6:10 AM

I believe we should do everything we can to provide reliable and safe transportation to those who use Metro Mobility. I wish this article would have provided additional financial details so that the reader could have a sense of the financial status of providing this service. As a left-winger, pro-public transit liberal, I can understand why conservatives get frustrated with a tax and spend mentality. Don't get me wrong, I support the provision of services for the needy, but I would like to see a better financial analysis to see if we're doing the most efficient and effective means of providing such services.

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westroad18Feb. 10, 14 7:47 AM

Metro mobility costs almost $4,000 per user?! Cripes... very curious to see the associated overhead.

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bigtruck74Feb. 12, 14 9:33 AM

"It’s an ADA requirement that we can’t charge more than two times the fixed-route fare." Do you take into account how high the fares would be without the taxpayer subsidies? $4 for door-to-door service is a bargain no matter how you slice it. If they don't want to pay that, take the bus.

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felsiteFeb. 12, 1412:52 PM

Many do take the bus in the warmer months, but even able bodied people have difficulty getting through the snow at a bus stop, it's impossible for a wheelchair.

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dokkenleviFeb. 13, 14 7:59 AM

bigtruck74 you are right $4 is a bargain when you think about how much a taxi ride would cost say from downtown Minneapolis to Mall of America (around $30 as I've done it a few times in order to get to work), but what I think the article it trying to state is the fact that those who take short trips in the downtown zone shouldn't have to pay the full $3 or $4 for a trip that might only take them a total of 2 miles.

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