Nick Magrino at Streets.mn describes what it's like to ride the bus in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area: Multiple transfers to get to a destination, waiting environments that seem to be designed to repel people -- it can feel like a series of small humiliations.
The people doing transit planning where he lives aren't paying attention to the basics, he says. And he thinks one reason is that they simply don't ride the bus:
What percentage of our region’s transit movers and shakers have waited for the Route 5 bus at Nicollet and 7th Street in Downtown Minneapolis on a cold, windy January day and taken it anywhere? Or, one time, given their own bus driver directions? Or stood at the Uptown Transit Station with their little sister, visiting from the suburban East Coast, for a transfer to a Route 6 bus that is never, ever on time? We should find out. The bus is the way that the vast majority of Twin Cities transit users experience the system, and while unabashedly unsexy, it’s important.
Elsewhere on the Network today: Green Caltrain breaks down the recent court decision invalidating the funding plan for California High-Speed Rail. The Oregonian's Hard Drive interviews new Portland transportation director Leah Treat. And Strong Towns compares street grids around the country, from Little Rock to San Francisco.