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GreenStep City Best Practices Transportation

Mobility Options
no. 12

Increase active transportation and alternatives to single-occupancy car travel.
  Best Practice Action 6      [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ]       [all actions]

Add/expand transit service, or promote car/bike sharing.

 
  • Note that each of Minnesota's regional Development Organizations has worked on a five-year update of the Local Human Service Public Transit Coordination Plans required by the Office of Transit in MnDOT.
  • Putting Transit to Work in Main Street America (Reconnecting America: 2012) explores how smaller cities, towns, and rural places are integrating transit into their communities, recognizing that cars work well in the rural to low-density suburban zones/transects, and public transportation works efficiently starting in the lower density suburbs and really drives down total public-private transportation costs in a buzzing metropolis. Between those two land use patterns/densities on the rural-to-urban transect lies a gap where neither model works really well. And evolving from one into the other is difficult: do we introduce transit first and then build denser/more mixed-use nodes, or do we build first (and increase congestion) and then introduce transit? Cities must fine-tune an evolution to fit their community culture, accepting the co-existence of several zones within the city/region, with the car-based zones shrinking and the walkable transit zones expanding, but both zones relating to each other in positive ways.
  • From Sorry to Superb (TransitCenter: 2018) details how transit agencies and cities can build great bus stops that increase ridership.
  • See St. Paul's HourCar non-profit car-sharing service with fixed sites to pick-up cars, and car2go (once but no longer available in Minneapolis), which has no monthly fees, on-demand use and a one-way model, and Nice Ride, the public bike sharing system of Minneapolis and St. Paul and Bemidji.
  • Recent research indicates that people interested in electric bikes and electric scooters tend to use them to replace car trips, not manual bike trips. A city with a municipal utility might want to emulate Austin, Texas, which has a rebate program for e-bikes sponsored through their utility.
  • Integrating Bike Share Programs into a Sustainable Transportation System (National League of Cities: 2011) highlights successful bike share programs from Denver, Colo., Washington DC, Minneapolis, and Buffalo, New York. The Bike-Share Planning Guide (Institute for Transportation & Development Policy: 2013) focuses on the five top factors that determine whether a bike-share system thrives: station density, bikes per resident, coverage area, quality of bikes, and easy-to-use interfaces for checking out and paying for a bike.
Add or expand transit in your city or between your city and other destinations, working with other units of local governments as needed.
Add/expand Saturday or Sunday bus service; add dial-a-ride to regular service; assist in the creation of or promote the existance of a car sharing business or bike sharing business/service; embed a transit station/stop in a transit-oriented/mixed-use district. Report supportive changes in parking requirements under action 14.1
Bike-sharing/scooter-sharing in a small city; schedule transit service for at least every 30 minutes during peak hours so that 75% of city addresses are within 1/2 mile of a transit stop; incorporate payment for both local transit and ride-shares (and connections between the two) on a single smartphone app.

Apple Valley

Date action report first entered:   03/19/2012

Implementation details:
Construction is now underway to upgrade Cedar Avenue to accommodate shoulder-running bus rapid transit (BRT) service. The Cedar Avenue BRT will begin operating at the end of 2012 and will be the first operating BRT system in the State.

For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff)   |   CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us   |   952-953-2508

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Golden Valley

Date action report first entered:   01/29/2019
Date of last report update:   01/29/2019
Year action initially completed:   2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
In 2018 the City approved an agreement with Lime allowing the company to deploy a fleet of dockless bikes (in July) and scooters (in September). This agreement has been extended through 2019. Lime’s goal is to provide a sustainable solution to transportation in an affordable and convenient way, while also reducing the carbon footprint. The City has implemented the service and is actively promoting the program on the City website and in its bi-monthly newsletter.

Outcome measures/metrics:
At its peak, Golden Valley had a total of 53 Lime bikes and 61 scooters deployed. Through the months of August, September, and October 2018 a total of 769 bike rides were taken in Golden Valley by 470 individuals. And although Lime scooters were only in Golden Valley for a few short weeks, a total of 730 rides were taken by 439 riders.

Descriptive links: http://www.goldenvalleymn.gov/about/lime/index.php

For more information contact:
Drew Chirpich (City staff)   |   dchirpich@goldenvalleymn.gov   |   763-593-8044

Partners:
Lime Bike

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Granite Falls

Date action report first entered:   08/08/2017
Date of last report update:   08/08/2017
Year action initially completed:   2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
SHIP partnered with the City of Granite Falls to start a Public Bike Service within the City of Granite Falls.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Three Bikes available at no costs for the public to check out and be active around the community/tourism.

Descriptive links: Granite Falls Bike Program

For more information contact:
Crystal Johnson (City staff)   |   crystal.johnson@granitefalls.com   |   320-56-3011

Partners:
Countryside Public Health SHIP

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Hastings

Date action report first entered:   08/31/2016
Date of last report update:   08/31/2016

Implementation details:
The City has worked with DARTS to add a transit option called the LOOP. This LOOP bus will operate on a loop around the city with scheduled stops and the flexibility to request a stop nearby. This service will begin September 6, 2016.

Descriptive links: http://www.hastingsmn.gov/residents/public-transit

For more information contact:
Melanie Mesko-Lee (City staff)   |   mmesko_lee@hastingsmn.gov   |   651-480-2326

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Milan

Date action report first entered:   08/16/2017
Date of last report update:   08/16/2017
Year action initially completed:   2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
This summer the city put in community bikes available from bike racks stationed at the library and Burns Park. There is also a bike repair station installed at Burns Park. All the bikes were donated, they were all used bikes, and are available for people to use at no cost. An explanation of the program is vital to ensure proper usage of the bikes.

Outcome measures/metrics:
To increase healthy behaviors, develop interpersonal communication skills, and retain present citizens and attract new citizens.

For more information contact:
Ron Anderson (Elected official)   |   paparon69@gmail.com   |   320-734-4792

Partners:
Statewide Health Partnership Partnership (SHIP)

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Moorhead

Date action report first entered:   01/09/2018
Date of last report update:   01/09/2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
MATBUS and Great Rides Bike Share are working on a Bike and Bus Multi-pass to be introduced in Spring 2018. This pass would create a seamless transition for passengers between MATBUS and Great Rides. Passengers would be able to purchase a pass and utilize both means of transportation for one low cost. Since Great Rides has a limited window of operation each year, this pass would be available from mid-April through mid-September ensuring bikes are available for anyone utilizing this pass.

For more information contact:
Dan Mahli (City staff)   |   dan.mahli@cityofmoorhead.com   |   218-299-5314

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Saint Paul

Date action report first entered:   10/27/2014
Date of last report update:   10/27/2014

Implementation details:
In addition to Car2Go and HOURCAR, the City has continues to support the expansion of the Nice Ride bicycle sharing programing in Saint Paul. In 2013, three new stations were added in the city at St. Thomas University, and at the intersection of Summit Ave. and Mississippi River Blvd. and Cleveland Ave. and Highland Pkwy.

Descriptive links: https://www.niceridemn.org/explore_by_bike/?gclid=CJveuKmVzcECFXELMgodZyYAQw

For more information contact:
Kurt Schultz (City staff)   |   kurt.schultz@ci.stpaul.mn.us   |   651-266-6590

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Albert Lea

Date action report first entered:   02/22/2017
Date of last report update:   02/22/2017
Year action initially completed:   2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
In 2017, SMART Transit expanded its operations in Albert Lea. The bus service now runs from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., expanded from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The demand response service now operates on weekends. The City coordinated press for SMART, ensuring that as many news outlets broadcast the news.

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For more information contact:
Jerry Gabrielatos (City staff)   |   jgabrielatos@ci.albertlea.mn.us   |   507-377-4316

Partners:
SMART Transit

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Austin

Date action report first entered:   02/29/2012
Date of last report update:   11/10/2016

Implementation details:
2012: AMCAT red route has expanded by two hours on Saturdays only. 2016: Volunteers refurbished 30 donated bikes, painting them bright red before placing them in matching bike racks for riders to borrow during the 2016 season with the instructions to "Ride. Respect. Return.” This bicycle-sharing program is simple: no credit cards required, no identification needed, no locks. Austin decided to try an open bike sharing program after reading about the one in Willmar. Volunteers take donated bikes and convert unclaimed bikes from their police impound lots into shareable bikes. Volunteers in Austin fix the bikes under the supervision of Rydjor Bike Shop, which also donates space to do the work. There, volunteers convert any donated bike into single speed to keep them simple and easy to maintain and repair. An auto body repair class at Riverland Community College painted the frames. A state grant helped cover the cost of bike racks; bikes are stored for the winter in a city building.

Outcome measures/metrics:
30 sharable bikes.

Descriptive links: http://www.startribune.com/minnesota-cities-share-bikes-freely-but-want-them-returned/398050221/

For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer)   |   janetanderson2840@gmail.com   |   5072190680

Partners:
AMCAT; Riverland Community College; Rydjor Bike Shop

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Bemidji

Date action report first entered:   04/29/2014

Implementation details:
Nice Ride Minnesota is a non-profit organization that provides public bike sharing to the Twin Cities and is expanding its operation to the Bemidji area. 200 bikes will be made available to the Bemidji community this June.

Descriptive links: http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/content/nice-ride-excited-come-bemidji-details-such-rental-costs-yet-be-determined

For more information contact:
Michelle Miller (City staff)   |   michelle.miller@ci.bemidji.mn.us   |   218-759-3561

Partners:
Nice Ride MN

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La Crescent

Date action report first entered:   04/03/2017
Date of last report update:   04/04/2017
Year action initially completed:   2016
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
In fall of 2016, La Crescent added Saturday bus service to La Crosse in it's schedule. See above link for minutes in which it was passed. This has been of great concern for many residents and we hope to study the usage of Saturday and possibly extend into Sunday service. We are also in the process of building a large walking/bike bridge over Highway 61 which will help to connect the City of La Crescent with the City of La Crosse through a biking corridor.

Descriptive links: https://www.cityoflacrescent-mn.gov/wp-content/uploads/10-24-2016-PDF-1.pdf

For more information contact:
Angie Boettcher (City staff)   |   ABoettcher@cityoflacrescent-mn.gov   |   (507) 895-2224

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Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Date action report first entered:   04/15/2015
Date of last report update:   04/15/2015

Implementation details:
Leech Lake Transit Service actively assesses routes and drop off/pick up points. Leech Lake Fitness Center is available to the wider public and has bicycles for rent.

For more information contact:
Brandy Toft (City staff)   |   air@lldrm.org   |   218-335-7429

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Maplewood

Date action report first entered:   04/23/2013
Date of last report update:   05/01/2015

Implementation details:
The City of Maplewood worked with Metro Transit to expand the park & ride lot by Maplewood Mall into a ramp to encourage and allow more transit services in the area. The city is currently working with the MET council and currently has a comment period open for residence to better plan for new transit development in the Gateway Corridor.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/DocumentView.aspx?DID=2357

For more information contact:
Steve Love (City staff)   |   steve.love@maplewoodmn.gov   |   651-249-2404

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Morris

Date action report first entered:   05/03/2017
Date of last report update:   05/03/2017
Year action initially completed:   1975
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The transit service was made on July 23, 1974 and the City of Morris took over the responsibility on March 10, 1975. The city accepted the first transit grant to help pay for the transit system on May 13, 1975.

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For more information contact:
Blaine Hill (City staff)   |   bhill@ci.morris.mn.us   |   320-589-3141

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Newport

Date action report first entered:   01/14/2015
Date of last report update:   01/14/2015

Implementation details:
The City of Newport worked with the Washington County Regional Railroad Authority to open up the Newport Transit Station on December 1, 2014. The Regional Railroad Authority purchased vacant land in 2010 to build the transit station for the Red Rock Corridor. The City created a transit-oriented mixed-use district so that the transit station could be built. The Newport Transit Station provides express bus service from Newport to downtown St. Paul through three buses in the morning and afternoon.

Descriptive links: http://www.redrockcorridor.com/news/express-bus-service-to-downtown-st-paul-from-newport-transit-station/

For more information contact:
Travis Brierley (City staff)   |   tbrierley@newportmn.com   |   651-459-5677

Partners:
Washington County Regional Railroad Authority

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Saint Cloud

Date action report first entered:   05/10/2011

Implementation details:
St. Cloud State Universitys Outdoor Endeavors started the Yellow Bike Project in 2004. Bikes have been donated and have been painted entirely yellow. The bikes are for university students to use, free of charge. All we ask is that bikes are kept on campus, damaged bikes brought to Outdoor Endeavors and users respect the time and energy that goes into the program. The program operates with the generosity of those who donate the bikes and student staff that put a lot of time, energy and love into the effort. In addition, St. Cloud State University has beginning Fall 2010, piloted the Husky Ride GREEN Initiative offering rental bikes to faculty, staff and students for rental on a semester or annual basis. Their goal is to see a future campus that puts a priority on sustainable transportation and promotes bicycles over cars. There is no doubt that this vision eases traffic, promotes health/wellness and reduces collective carbon footprint. Through a sustainable transportation grant, it has purchased brand new Diamondback Sorrento mountain bikes available for lease through the program.

Descriptive links: http://www.stcloudstate.edu/campusrec/outdoorendeavors/yellowbike.asp

For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff)   |   elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us   |   320-255-7226

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Sartell

Date action report first entered:   12/04/2015
Date of last report update:   12/04/2015

Implementation details:
During the development of Epic Center (Sartell's biggest retail cluster) the city worked with MetroBus in establishing new routes to serve the area. The result was more route connections connecting riders to other cities and destinations in the St. Cloud area. The city continues to have an on-going relationship with MetroBus to help increase ridership, plan for expansions of transit, and encourage residents to utilize the network.

For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff)   |   nate.keller@sartellmn.com   |   320-258-7316

Partners:
Metro Bus

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Willmar

Date action report first entered:   11/10/2016
Date of last report update:   11/10/2016

Implementation details:
The city's Yellow Bike sharing program — in its second year — expanded to put about 80 bikes in circulation at one point over the summer of 2016, up from last year's 50. Some businesses bought bike racks to set up nearby for their workers. Yellow Bikes takes donations of used bikes, and converts unclaimed bikes from their police impound lots into shareable bikes. volunteers gathered at Rick’s Cycling & Sports Center in town to learn basic maintenance and to convert bikes. The Jennie-O Turkey Store donated $5,000 to get the program started.

Outcome measures/metrics:
80 free-use sharable bikes.

Descriptive links: http://www.startribune.com/minnesota-cities-share-bikes-freely-but-want-them-returned/398050221/

For more information contact:
Sara Jacobson (City staff)   |   sjacobson@willmarmn.gov   |   320-235-4760

Partners:
Jennie-O Turkey Store; Willmar Community Education and Recreation

View All Willmar Actions

Winona

Date action report first entered:   02/05/2018
Date of last report update:   02/05/2018
Year action initially completed:   2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
Starting on Nov. 30, 2017, the City added a Dial-a-ride service to our transit options. The service allows for pick-up 4 blocks or greater from the standard bus stops and expands the service area of transit to 2 miles beyond the city limits of Winona and Goodview.

Descriptive links: https://www.cityofwinona.com/city-services/city-clerks-office/winona-transit-services/

For more information contact:
John Howard (City staff)   |   jhoward@ci.winona.mn.us   |   507-457-8273

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Brainerd

Date action report first entered:   10/13/2014
Date of last report update:   10/15/2014

Implementation details:
Fixed route travel service added in 2012.(Brainerd/Baxter Express Route Service)

Outcome measures/metrics:
Several mile route now provides regular service to retail, government,educational and medical services across Brainerd and neighboring city of Baxter.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.brainerd.mn.us/transit/

For more information contact:
Mark Ostgarden (City staff)   |   mostgarden@ci.brainerd.mn.us   |   218-828-2309

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Burnsville

Date action report first entered:   05/08/2012

Implementation details:
Burnsville's public transportation is provided by Minnesota Valley Transit Authority, which links Burnsville to the northern cities (Rosemount, Lakeville & Apple Valley), western cities ( Savage), and northern cities (Richfield, Eagan, Mendota Heights, Minneapolis, & Saint Paul).

Descriptive links: www.mvta.com

For more information contact:
Sue Bast (City staff)   |   basts@ci.burnsville.mn.us   |   952-895-4524

Partners:
MN Valley Transit Authority

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Coon Rapids

Date action report first entered:   11/26/2014
Date of last report update:   11/26/2014

Implementation details:
Coon Rapids continues to work to expand and enhance transit service specifically the Northstar park and ride station at Riverdale. Work has been done with the Northstar Corridor Development Authority and Metropolitan Council's Corridors of Opportunity program. Currently 466 free parking spaces are available and patrolled by local police. The station includes enclosed heated waiting areas, available overnight parking, bike lockers and connects with local bus routes.

Descriptive links: http://www.northstartrain.org/station_coonrapids.html

For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff)   |   csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov   |   763-767-6485

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Eagan

Date action report first entered:   01/13/2011

Implementation details:
Cedar Avenue Bus Rapid Transit Corridor is under construction. A new Park and Ride facility opened in 2010 in the Cedar Grove Redevelopment Area.

For more information contact:
Tom Colbert (City staff)   |   tcolbert@cityofeagan.com   |   (651) 675-5635

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Elko New Market

Date action report first entered:   04/30/2018
Date of last report update:   04/30/2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City is working with the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority to develop rush hour service to the Metro Transit Station in Burnsville - 2 times in the morning and 2 times in the afternoon. The City encourages carpooling by allowing parking in designated areas for that purpose.

For more information contact:
Mark Nagel (City staff)   |   mnagel@ci.enm.mn.us   |   952-461-2777

Partners:
MVTA

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Fergus Falls

Date action report first entered:   01/14/2016
Date of last report update:   01/14/2016

Implementation details:
The City of Fergus Falls annually provides Productive Alternatives $50,000 for transportation needs within the city. The company evaluates the demand and needs for their services and periodically has added additional routes or earlier/later time slots. The City of Fergus Falls was recently named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community.

For more information contact:
Len Taylor (City staff)   |   len.taylor@ci.fergus-falls.mn.us   |   218-332-5418

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Grand Marais

Date action report first entered:   11/04/2015
Date of last report update:   11/04/2015

Implementation details:
Arrowhead transit has a transit circuit that runs around the town, and provides on-demand service for seniors.

Descriptive links: http://arrowheadtransit.com/services/cook-county/

For more information contact:
Shane Steele (Contractor)   |   shane.w.steele@gmail.com   |   507-884-5790

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Northfield

Date action report first entered:   11/15/2010

Implementation details:
Northfield Lines established express bus service to the metro in October of 2009. The Northfield Grassroots Transit Initiative helped initiate the new service and continues to promote it.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The Metro Express had 20,000 riders in their first year of operation.

Descriptive links: http://www.northfieldlines.com

For more information contact:
Tim Behrendt (City staff)   |   tim.behrendt@ci.northfield.mn.us   |   507-645-3027

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Oakdale

Date action report first entered:   02/26/2008

Implementation details:
In 2008, the City of Oakdale worked with Metro Transit and Guardian Angels Church to facilitate the expansion of an existing Park and Ride station located in the southwest corner of Oakdale, adjacent to the I-94 corridor. At the time, the Park and Ride served 200 vehicles, after the expansion capacity was increased to 435 vehicles. This expansion gave Oakdale residents as well as those of surrounding communities an alternative transportation option which helped reduce congestion and pollution along the already busy I-94 corridor. The site was made pedestrian friendly with the addition of a shelter area and crosswalk creation to connect the stop to existing walking trails.

For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff)   |   jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us   |   651-730-2723

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Rochester

Date action report first entered:   09/10/2013

Implementation details:
in 2012 rochester added 2 new Park & Ride locations added to the South side of Rochester. Wehrenberg Theater will replace Target South on the 15D route. Wal-Mart South will be added on the NEW 6D route. The City of Rochester has a great intermodal transportation system to help you get to your destination faster and with less hassle than other comparable metro areas. A system of Park & Ride lots enables you to drive your vehicle into town, park at one of several safe, convenient locations, then board a city bus to take you to your final destination. People who use this system often get to their destination less stressed than fellow commuters, and actually help to relieve the amount of congestion and improve the air quality in our city. This system is especially great for those making trips to Mayo clinic facilities and other destinations downtown where parking can be limited.

For more information contact:
Jeff Ellerbusch (City staff)   |   ellerbusch.jeff@CO.OLMSTED.MN.US   |   507-328-7132

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Roseville

Date action report first entered:   12/30/2014
Date of last report update:   02/11/2015

Implementation details:
The city is working with the Snelling Avenue Bus Rapid Transit Progrm to increase transit opportunities in the city.

For more information contact:
Ryan Johnson (City staff)   |   Ryan.johnson@cityofroseville.com   |   651-792-7049

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Saint Anthony

Date action report first entered:   05/05/2011

Implementation details:
The City of St. Anthony works with the surrounding communities and Metro Transit to meet the transit needs and demands of residents. The Silver Lake Village development incorporated transit as a major element. The City is currently improving biking access by providing bike parking throughout the City through the Bike Rack Grant Program.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Providing residents transportation alternatives.

For more information contact:
Jay Hartman (City staff)   |   jay.hartman@ci.saint-anthony.mn.us   |   612-782-3314

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New Hope pending

Date action report first entered:   04/01/2015
Date of last report update:   11/19/2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
City staff works with Metro Transit to provide feedback on Service Improvement Plans in an effort to improve coverage, frequency, and span of bus service in New Hope. Transit Link and Metro Mobility also offer transportation options within the city.

Descriptive links: https://www.ci.new-hope.mn.us/cms/one.aspx?portalid=9826709&pageid=11152391

For more information contact:
Jeff Alger (City staff)   |   jalger@ci.new-hope.mn.us   |   763-531-5119

Partners:
Metro Transit; Metro Mobility

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Red Wing pending

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The city's bus service has given between 60,000 and 112,000 rides over the last 5 years.

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744

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pending means a star rating has not yet been assigned to this city


 
greenstep advisor
Amber Dallman, Bicycle/Pedestrian Section, MN Dept. of Transportation: 651/366-4189, amber.dallman@state.mn.us