MPR: Metro Transit hopes riders hop on speedy new bus line
Metro Transit is testing its first rapid transit bus line on an urban street. The new A Line is designed to attract more riders by cutting travel time and improving bus service.

Politics in MN: Met Council chair to push transit, equity
Metropolitan Council Chair Adam Duininck will focus on building a regional transit system and improving equity for people of color in 2016, he said Thursday during his “state of the region” address. Duininck’s top transit goals this year are securing funding for the planned Southwest Light Rail Transit line and the Orange Bus Rapid Transit line.

SC Time: Hope builds for Northstar to St. Cloud
Since the Northstar commuter rail line began operating more than six years ago, there’s been debate about when, if ever, it will come to St. Cloud. It’s always been a Catch-22: How does the rail line attract enough riders to get federal funding for an extension when the service stops in Big Lake, miles short of a regional population center such as St. Cloud?

Star Tribune: Route 494 suburb-to-suburb bus line struggles out of the gate
The bus, crawling on the shoulder of Hwy. 169, trudged through morning traffic. Its only occupant, the driver, was met at each stop with a familiar sight — nobody.

Star Tribune: MAP: Car2Go proposes smaller Minneapolis service area
Car sharing service Car2Go plans to reduce their service area in Minneapolis, leaving the blue and white Smart cars largely unavailable in the North Side and near the city’s southern border.

Commentary, SC Time: It’s time to lobby Legislature for Northstar
GRIP/ISAIAH has been organizing a campaign to extend Northstar to St. Cloud for the past year.