November 17th, 2022

In this edition

  • Join us! 2022 Transportation Summit
  • Metro D Line To Launch Dec. 3
  • Metropass Benefits Employers/Workforce
  • Metro Transit Driver Shortages
  • Metro F Line Comment Period Is Open
  • Vision Zero Draft Plan Available

New Ways to Join us on November 30th

The 2022 Transportation Summit

Just announced! Join us for a film screening and director discussion on the short films "Biking While Black: HOW SAFE ARE BLACK LIVES BICYCLING? " and "Biking While Black: CONTINUING TO RIDE THROUGH DECRIMINALIZATION, DISENFRANCHISEMENT, AND GENTRIFICATION."

Save $3 with advance ticket sales! Any tickets remaining will be available at the door for $10. Follow the Eventbrite to register with free BIPOC and pay what you can options. Seating is limited, first come first served.

Community Film Screening and Discussion

6:30pm at Parkway Theater

Discussion with director Yolanda Davis-Overstreet will accompany the screening.

The duo-short films center around the existing mobility and racial justice issues, while uplifting Black bicyclists, catalyzing partnerships among mobility justice advocates, and thoughtfully addresses local experiences. The film’s narrative increases understanding of planning issues in Los Angeles by centering the question “How safe are Black lives while cycling?” Residents and mobility justice advocates share raw and personal experiences as well as data in this film to illustrate the deep need for planning processes rooted in racial justice.

Location: Parkway Theater 4814 Chicago Ave Minneapolis, MN 55417

Save $3 by Purchasing tickets early for just $7

You can still register for the final seats at the Transportation Summit Breakfast

What is Mobility Justice?

8:00-11:00am at The Hennepin


Yolanda Davis-Overstreet 

Keynote Speaker, Nationally-recognized community leader and champion for mobility justice

Irene Fernando

Hennepin County Commissioner

Sharon Pierce

President of Minneapolis College

David Wellington

President of Wellington Management

This is a free event! Breakfast will be provided by Breaking Bread.

Location: The Hennepin, 900 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55403

Grab the last ticket! Register for 2022 Transportation Summit

In order for our communities to thrive, people need to be able to move freely and safely no matter their identities.

As we emerge from a global pandemic, racial reckoning​, and historic labor shortages, more workers are holding their employers accountable to recognizing and fostering more equitable and just workplaces that also ensure the freedom of movement. We’re inviting leaders to come together and explore how a mobility justice framework can equip and prepare employers to build, attract, and retain a future-ready & resilient workforce.

Have any questions? Contact Karl Hedlund:

Final Touches Being Applied for METRO D Line

Rich Miller has driven Route 5 as an operator and relief instructor at Metro Transit. After helping test the METRO D Line, he predicts customers will like the improvements that are now two weeks away. Beginning Sat, Dec. 3, the D Line will largely replace Route 5, the state's busiest bus route.

Trips are projected to be about 20% faster through a combination of features, including wider spacing between stops. The D Line will have 40 stations, compared with more than 180 stops on Route 5.

"I think they’re going to like having faster service and fewer stops," said Miller, a 15-year safe operator from Heywood Garage. "It will be an added benefit to the driver and the customer. The constant stopping and starting can wear on a driver."

Buses traveling the corridor are testing Transit Signal Priority – technology that gives buses a better chance of getting a green light – at more than 50 intersections. D Line stations are also being safety certified, which involves checking the lighting levels and ensuring elements were constructed per designed standards.

"Things are coming together on schedule thanks to the work of many staff across Metro Transit who have worked on this project over the last several years,” Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Director Katie Roth said.


Save the Date: METRO D Line opening 

The METRO D Line will open on Saturday, Dec. 3. Community celebrations will be held at Juxtaposition Arts in North Minneapolis and at Veteran’s Park in Richfield from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn more about the METRO D Line

Metropass Is The Ticket For Your Workplace

Recently enrolled employers include Mpls Hilton, Foundations Technologies, Hotel Indigo

Move Minneapolis is out talking transportation benefits with employers. Metropass delivers the largest share of commuters into the city each day. Companies and the workforce reap the benefits of an easy, fast and efficient way to commute on transit from all over the region.

Hundreds of downtown businesses and organizations provide access to discounted, unlimited-ride transit passes to their employees. Large and small employers are eligible. Passes offer a pre-tax savings advantage for employees.

Move Minneapolis is eager to talk to your company about Metropass and all of the commuting options.

Learn more about METROPASS

Metro Transit Driver Shortages

Metro Transit has announced numerous service reductions as part of quarterly service changes that will go into effect on Saturday, December 3rd. The reductions are being made to maintain reliability amid an ongoing driver shortage.

The driver shortage is an ongoing challenge with many moving parts. Learn more about this issue:

The September 15th release of the Streets.MN podcast explores the bus driver shortage from numerous angles.

Host Ian R. Buck and guest Adrianna Jereb, MN350 Transit Justice Organizer, react to Buck's interviews with Metro Transit COO Brian Funk and President of ATU Local 1005 Ryan Timlin.

The discussions touch on:



-working conditions

-barriers to entry


and more.

Listen for a great overview of the challenges and potential solutions to the bus driver shortage.

Listen to the Podcast

Metro Transit has been implementing changes around hiring and support to attract and retain bus drivers.

The starting wage for new drivers has been raised to $26.26 per hour and increases to $27.80 after the first year. Hiring bonuses of up to $5,000 are available, depending on Commercial Driver's License (CDL) status.

To reduce the barriers to becoming a bus driver, Metro Transit has removed the high school diploma/GED requirement. Paid training is provided, and Commercial Learner Permit (CLP) assistance is available.

Metro Transit also provides a mentorship program, professional operator development, and other support and leadership resources.

Learn more about the hiring process here.

In response to the December 3rd service changes, Move Minnesota is calling on Metro Transit to take bold steps to improve transit, including fighting for bus lanes, automatic green lights for buses, and changes to bus stops to improve efficiency.

There are several ways to support Move Minnesota's efforts:

Poster Making & Advocate Prep Night for Boost the Bus Rally



Move Minnesota Office

2446 University Ave W, Suite 170, Saint Paul MN 55114

Volunteer Night: Make Calls to Mobilize for the Boost the Bus Rally



Move Minnesota Office

2446 University Ave W, Suite 170, Saint Paul MN 55114

Boost the Bus Rally to Stop Service Cuts and Improve Transit NOW!



Metro Transit Headquarters 560 N 6th Ave, Minneapolis MN 55411

Provide Your Input on METRO F Line Between Blaine & Downtown

Metro Transit is planning future METRO F Line station locations. The Draft Corridor Plan is available for comment through Dec. 5, 2022.

The METRO F Line is a planned Metro Transit bus rapid transit (BRT) line that will provide faster and more reliable transit service in the Route 10 corridor from downtown Minneapolis to Northtown Transit Center along Central Avenue, 53rd Avenue, and University Avenue. 

Explore the plan and provide comments on 

proposed future F Line stations

Sign up for F Line Updates to stay informed

View a project fact sheet in EnglishSpanish, SomaliHmong, Oromo, and Arabic.


Vision Zero Draft Plan Now Available

The draft 2023-2025 Minneapolis Vision Zero Action Plan outlines key steps in the next 3 years to make progress toward the City’s goal to eliminate traffic deaths and severe injuries on our streets by 2027.

Share your comments by December 11, 2022. This plan is an update building on the work of the 2020-2022 Vision Zero Action Plan.

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