Wednesday, August 12, 2015

How you live -- public transportation

Although Chisago County is included in the now 16 county Minneapolis - St. Paul metropolitan area used by the Census Bureau, it is considered rural for transit planning purposes. The Greater Minnesota Transit Investment Plan 2010 - 2030 notes the continuation of unmet transit needs in greater Minnesota (80 counties) regardless of which urban-rural classification is used. I'm going to be thinking some more about the relationship between public transportation and bioregions and whether, in Minnesota, all of that bioregion / cultural region could come together better. I think that's what bioregionalism is supposed to do, get us to think outside our straight line administrative boundary thinking. In Minnesota, as elsewhere, counties are administrative units of the state and their role in transit and transportation continues to evolve.

Twin Cities 7 Metro map
By Davumaya (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

What form of public transportation is closest to you?
When does it operate and where does it go?

The Chisago-Isanti area is served by Heartland Express which offers "demand responsive" [local] curb to curb service Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and a local express bus to Metro Transit service connection at "Running Aces" race track in Columbus Township in Anoka County near Forest Lake, in Washington County, from which (very limited) express bus service to St. Paul or Minneapolis is available. Public transportation in the 7-county Twin Cities metro area can be considered underdeveloped but improving as light rail and express bus lines are added. The 80 counties not served by Metro Transit are even more reliant on private transportation.

Today, instead of sharing the usual poem that mirrors the posting's theme, I want to direct you to a CityLab page that has, already assembled, their idea of the ten best transit poems, and/or you can listen to the wonderful Simon and Garfunkel singing the delightful Poem Written on the Underground Wall. (I grew up with "heavy rail" and know how well this captures it. I once asked a "trackless trolley" driver in Boston why they didn't run after 1:00 a.m. He replied "'cuz no one rides then.")

Simon & Garfunkel: Wednesday Morning, 3 AM
Simon & Garfunkel: Wednesday Morning, 3 AM

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