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Janet Moore

Reporter | Transportation
Phone: 612-673-7752
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Transportation reporter Janet Moore covers trains, planes, automobiles, buses, bikes and pedestrians. Moore has been with the Star Tribune for 21 years, previously covering business news, including the retail, medical device and commercial real estate industries. 


Prior to moving to Minnesota, she worked as a business reporter at the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal and Easton (Pennsylvania) Express-Times. She has a mass communications degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and was a Knight-Bagehot fellow in Business and Economics Journalism at Columbia University in New York.
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“Mass transit needs the mass to be successful,” said Yingling Fan, professor of urban and regional planning at U. Above, Metro Transit’s Rail Co

Metro Transit outlines plans to improve quality of service on trains, buses

New bus routes, more police added to try to bolster declining numbers.
Bucky Zimmerman

Attorney Bucky Zimmerman dies at 72

In a career spanning nearly five decades, Zimmerman waged battle against legal foes that included Target, the NHL and the Vatican bank.
Heavy traffic congestion for an afternoon commute in May 2015 on Interstate 494 at France Avenue in Bloomington.

Measure at Minnesota Legislature would fine slower drivers in left lane

Lawmaker says it promotes safety, but not everyone agrees.
Between Feb. 28 and March 29, TSA expects to screen about 40,652 passengers daily — an increase of 13 percent.

Not all at once: Spring break creates traffic bulge at MSP

"What we're seeing this year, which is the same as the last couple of years, is that the spring break travel period gets longer and longer," said Cliff Van Leuven of the TSA. "It hit this week."
MnDOT Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher said the report affirms the agency’s efforts to use “financial effectiveness” in its decision-maki

Legislative auditor finds MnDOT should better track costs

The report comes as lawmakers debate transportation funding, possible gas tax hike.
The Riverview Corridor streetcar will look a lot like the Kansas City streetcar.

Streetcar project on St. Paul's W. 7th St. qualifies for federal money

Now the $2 billion project will qualify for federal funding.
A sign notes that smoking is among the activities and things prohibited on a Metro Transit light rail Green Line train.

Metro Transit will go undercover to snuff out smoking on light rail

Complaints are surging about passengers who light up.
A locomotive pulls coal cars through the dumper station to be unloaded at the Sherburne County Generating Station in 2014.

BNSF plans $95 million in rail upgrades across Minnesota

Industry giant BNSF Railway Co. plans to spend about $95 million to improve its freight network in Minnesota this year. Most of the money will…
Conductor J.R. Long walked by the Northstar Commuter Rail at Target Field in July 2011.

Minnesota lawmakers hear calls to extend Northstar rail to St. Cloud

Commuter rail into downtown Minneapolis now ends in Big Lake.
After the ceremony, people were invited to take a ride on the bus. Metro Transit unveiled its first electric bus at a ceremony including Gov. Tim Walz

Metro Transit rolls out its first electric bus ahead of June debut

The environmentally friendly C Line rapid fleet will take to the streets June 8.
FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, a limousine, left, has landed in the woods following a fatal crash in Schoharie, N.Y., that killed 20 people.

Despite horrific NY crash, MnDOT didn't audit some limos for more than year

After a horrific limousine crash killed 20 people in upstate New York last fall, the Minnesota Department of Transportation assured the public that state regulations…
Nice Ride will add 500 electric bikes to its fleet this April. An additional 1,300 will be added over the course of the summer.

Nice Ride to roll out electric bikes for sharing in Minneapolis

Pedal-assisted additions will be up and running in Minneapolis this spring.
Lowered floors and wider doors make getting on and off buses easier for passengers like those leaving this A Line in Minneapolis at the 46th Street Bl

Metro Transit plans big rollout of more rapid bus service

Met Council will ask Legislature to fund more lines of the popular, convenient service.
TSA employees are working without pay at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Security lines at MSP are among the longest in the country

As the federal government shutdown drags on, so do the security lines at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Transportation nonprofit Move Minneapolis merges with Minneapolis Regional Chamber

The merger hopes to provide the chamber's 1,400 members with "new transit and mobility options around Minneapolis," according to a statement.
TSA employees worked without pay Tuesday at Terminal 1 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Despite the shutdown, TSA is hiring at MSP

Security officers are needed for busy spring break and summer travel seasons.
TSA employees worked without pay Tuesday at Terminal 1 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Federal shutdown hasn't caused MSP security delays — yet

The upcoming long weekend and continued shutdown could test the airport and travelers.
Brian Lamb, the general manager of Metro Transit, was ousted Friday in a leadership shake-up at the Metropolitan Council.

Longtime head of Metro Transit ousted in Met Council shake-up

15-year general manager Brian Lamb a casualty of Met Council's shake-up.
Residents studied plans Thursday at White Bear Lake City Hall.

After outcry, transit planners rethink Rush Line bus-rapid transit station in White Bear Lake

Transit planners propose alternate locations for the Rush Line's final stop.
The addresses of some 1,500 people who registered their vehicles with the state of Minnesota were inadvertently provided to three private companies.

Private Minnesota vehicle registration data inadvertently sent to three companies

1,500 addresses were inadvertently given to three private companies.
Susan Cox Platou

Susan Cox Platou, TV sports prognosticator known as Bronco, dies at 83

A generation of Twin Cities sports fans may recall the football sports predictions of Sue Cox, aka Bronco, on WCCO broadcasts during the 1960s and…
Charlie Zelle, right, brought a businessman’s perspective to a public agency and thrived during his five years at MnDOT.

Outgoing MnDOT chief helped agency look ahead, but had funding struggles

Zelle steered several big projects, but long-term transportation funding uncertain.
Sophie Korman and Joe Wocken played hockey in the falling snow Wednesday night on Lake of the Isles.

Snow? Rain? Ice? Winter storm delivers it all to Minnesota

A major winter storm moved across Minnesota Thursday morning, beginning delivery of what's expected to be more than a foot of snow in the western and central parts of the state over the next two days.
Holiday travel at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is expected to be up 5 percent over last year.

By road or by air, the rush is on to get home for the holidays

Motorists are spurred by cheap gas prices; air travel is expected to be up.
Ted Kornder is a farmer who is working with MnDOT to maintain a living fence along Hwy. 169 in Belle Plaine. In Kornder’s case, it’s several rows

MnDOT program puts corn to use to help shield roads from snow

MnDOT taps landowners to use "living fences" to improve safety in winter.
The Metropolitan Council is expected to vote Wednesday on a contract to install barriers in buses intended to protect drivers from assaults.

Metropolitan Council approves barriers to protect bus drivers from assaults

The move comes after several high-profile assaults.
Metro Transit bus

New Minnesota coalition pushes Legislature for public transit money

The time is right, they say, with new state leaders.
A route 3 bus on the University of Minnesota campus Monday Tuesday afternoon.

Metro Transit plans to shift bus fleet to all-electric

Council taking tentative steps spurred by opening of new C Line rapid bus service in 2019.
A rendering of the SouthWest station in Eden Prairie on the Southwest light-rail line. Provided by the Metropolitan Council

Developers eye building projects near Southwest light-rail stations

But some say new building would have occurred anyway.
Tyler Mason did a test drive with a DJI Phantom, a popular consumer drone. The market for the flying machines is expected to just get bigger.

Twin Cities drone hobbyists a small but growing group

MnDOT steps in to help train drone users to fly safely.
Officials ceremoniously threw dirt during Friday's long-awaited groundbreaking for the Southwest light-rail line.

SWLRT groundbreaking draws cheers from transit supporters

Construction of nearly 15-mile line to begin in earnest this winter, with passenger service expected to begin in 2023.
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

Contractor selected for building $2B Southwest LRT

The Met Council awarded a $799 million bid to Lunda/C.S. McCrossan, the lone bidder left in a process that dragged on for more than a year.
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

Southwest light-rail line clears significant federal hurdle

Met Council gets a sign that $929 million in federal grant money will be forthcoming, with construction expected to begin this winter.
Transit advocates hope newly elected officials will boost bus and rail funding in the Twin Cities.

Twin Cities transit advocates saw a lot to like in election results

Some hope Democratic majorities will boost bus and rail funding in the Twin Cities.
Nancy Ann Heidman

Nancy Ann Heidman, owner of n'etc boutique, dies at 76

The 50th and France Avenue retailer was known for its clothing, shoes, accessories and scarves — the last a Heidman specialty.
Ramsey County prefers the Gold Line bus rapid transit service has its terminus at Union Depot to boost it as a transportation hub.

Gold Line bus-rapid transit to offer six stops in downtown St. Paul

Ramsey County prefers terminus at Union Depot to boost it as a transportation hub.
Standard Minnesota driver’s license.

'Very frustrating': New Minn. drivers may face delays getting license

State has beefed up overtime and staffing to handle increased demand.
High school students made their way across a sidewalk that sits above a tunnel on Hwy. 5 on a visit to Fort Snelling on October 24. A proposed $2 bill

Riverview streetcar route to burrow under Fort Snelling

Some worry about what may be unearthed to make way for the transit line, which is slated to connect downtown St. Paul to MSP and the Mall of America by 2032.
A man uses his cellphone while driving in downtown Minneapolis.

Minn. attorney general calls for tougher distracted-driving laws

Lori Swanson said a change in the culture around distracted driving is needed.
Hourcars parked near Macalester College. (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com .

Hourcar embraces car-sharing's electric future in the Twin Cities

The St. Paul nonprofit is embracing a future fleet of all-electric vehicles and network of metro-area charging stations in a partnership with the utility company Xcel Energy.
Several bus-rapid transit lines are planned for the Twin Cities that would operate largely in dedicated lanes, including the 14-mile Rush Line connect

Rush Line destination in White Bear Lake prompts debate

Officials want public input about plans for Rush Line station and park-and-ride.
The Heart and Soul Drum Academy and the Friendship Academy of the Arts entertained travelers Wednesday at MSP as the busy weekend got underway.

MEA weekend draws crowds to Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport

MSP Airport has been unusually busy this year.
At a news conference at the State Capitol in May, U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis defended his amendment to rein in the Met Council. GLEN STUBBE glen.stubbe@sta

Rep. Jason Lewis' move to retool Met Council fails in Washington

But U.S. officials will again review agency's standing.
A rendering of the Southwest light-rail line, provided by Met Council.

Only one bidder remains for $2B Southwest light-rail project

The lone bidder to build the 14.5-mile light rail line linking downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie is Lunda/C.S. McCrossan.
A rendering of a possible Gold Line bus rapid-transit project design.

Should the Gold Line bus loop through downtown St. Paul or end at Union Depot?

Transit advocates disagree where the east metro transit line should stop in St. Paul.
A homeless woman who identified herself only as Rita talks about spending nights on the Metro Transit light-rail trains to keep out of the cold in Min

Metro Transit police chief: No easy fix for 'sleepers' on trains

Met Council addresses seasonal surge of homeless people seeking shelter.
Passengers board the eastbound Empire Builder train to Chicago. ] (Leila Navidi/Star Tribune) leila.navidi@startribune.com BACKGROUND INFORMATION: The

Additional Twin Cities-Chicago rail service viable, study finds

Adding a daily train viable, study says; funding sought.
Using grant money from a MnDOT program, volunteers from the North Loop Neighborhood Association gave this right of way a makeover.

North Loop neighbors partner with MnDOT to spruce up roadside eyesore

The acre-long slash where I-394 ends abruptly at Washington Avenue N. in Minneapolis' hip North Loop neighborhood was weedy roadside.
A Route 3 Metro Transit bus on the University of Minnesota campus. On Tuesday, Metro Transit made a formal announcement that it was participating in t

Metro Transit launches apprenticeships for bus drivers

Program seeks to attract, retain more bus drivers amid shortage.
The new dockless bicycles delivered to Nice Ride Minnesota have a solar panel installed in the basket.

Pedal-friendly Minneapolis ushers in new era of dockless bikes Tuesday

First blue bikes hit streets Tuesday; 1,500 will be introduced this fall.
Andrea Kiepe from Twin Cities Transit Riders Union speaks about concerns over the way transit police interact with people of color who take the bus du

Activists call for changes in light-rail rules after woman's arrest in August

Woman's August arrest prompts request for no transit police, no fares.
An airplane taking off crossed paths with a landing airplane at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport in Bloomington, Minn., on April 12, 201

MSP considers ways to help kids flying solo

Reports of separated, waylaid young travelers prompt scrutiny at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
A route 3 bus on the University of Minnesota campus.

Charge dropped in Metro Transit case shared on social media

Video of the interaction with police was widely circulated online.
A Metro Transit route 3 bus on the University of Minnesota campus recently. JEFF WHEELER ï jeff.wheeler@startribune.com

Activist groups call for one-day boycott of Metro Transit

Protest is in response to a video showing the arrest of a black passenger.
Union Depot Bar and Grill manager Monica Frady worked at the new restaurant located in the train and bus depot in St. Paul, MN.

New restaurant at Union Depot gives St. Paul passengers bigger menu

After two years of renovations, travelers through the historic venue can get a bite to eat.
Mark Fleischhacker

Mark Fleischhacker, who helped build Minnesota's med-tech industry, dies at 66

The medical technology executive helped lead Chaska-based Lake Region Medical, a multimillion-dollar company with close to 2,000 employees, before retiring three years ago.
Surveillance video of suspects spray-painting a local mosque.

Police seek help finding suspects who vandalized Maplewood mosque

The Maplewood Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying suspects who spray-painted graffiti on the outside wall of the Islamic Institute of Minnesota's Al-Salam Mosque.
A Minneapolis proposal was tested in 2016, when Irving Avenue N. was temporarily fashioned into a bike boulevard.

Prospect of North Side bike amenities raises gentrification worries

There's support for turning a North Side street into a bikeway, but resident concerns go beyond parking.
A rendering of the waiting area for the proposed Mall of America transit station.

Facelift underway for Mall of America transit station

State's busiest hub to get $25 million upgrade, first big change in 25 years.
Mark Fuhrmann, deputy general manager of transportation for Metro Transit, pictured in 2014 with President Barack Obama and then-Transportation Secret

Key light-rail leader Mark Fuhrmann to retire from Metro Transit

Fuhrmann guided major Twin Cities transit projects for Metro Transit.
A Route 3 bus on the University of Minnesota campus on Tuesday afternoon.

Metro Transit cuts come after struggles with driver shortage

Metro Transit says no more regular service cuts are planned, but State Fair service will be altered.
Holly and Buddy are a couple canine residents of Landfall, the tiny mobile home park city in the east metro, is on the verge of a serious boost in tra

Tiny mobile home city of Landfall warily awaits bus-rapid transit

For Mayor Stan Suedkamp, the tiny mobile home city of Landfall is a little-known — and unusually affordable — gem in Washington County that will…
Route 54 sign

Popular Route 54 bus now extends to Maplewood Mall

The workhorse bus route was extended through St. Paul's East Side.
A rendering of the Southwest light rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

Southwest light-rail freight agreements finalized; now feds need to approve

Regional railroad company will receive $18.5 million in settlement.
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

Pact with railroad approved to move Southwest light rail forward

Hennepin County will vote on the $18.5 million deal with TC&W on Thursday.
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

Key Southwest light rail agreement allows transit to share corridor with freight

Dispute over 15-mile stretch nearly derailed the project.
From left, Captain Dylan Brewer, with Air Choice One, and first officer Torrance Hollins, ate lunch in the C Concourse food court before their flight

MSP remodels food courts to update quick meal options

Dining options at airports have become more important to the traveling public as airlines have pared back on complimentary in-flight food offerings and as security has been tightened.
The A Line pictured above, the area’s first rapid bus, runs from Rosedale to the Blue Line 46th St. station, mostly along Snelling Av. in St. Paul.

Metro Transit fleet will soon get first 'articulated' electric buses in U.S.

New buses will be part of C Line rapid bus, serving north Minneapolis.
Andre Harris listened to music as he rode the Route 5 bus on his way to his job at the Mall of America.

Route 5 bus upgrade uncertain without $35M from Legislature

Busiest bus corridor in the state failed to secure needed funding from Legislature.
Blue dockless bicycles for sharing will join the existing fleet of lime-green Nice Ride bikes in Minneapolis later this summer.

Dockless bike-sharing coming to Mpls. before summer's end

Dockless bikes, complementing the existing lime-green Nice Ride Minnesota fleet, will greatly increase accessibility for cycling, but some worry about theft, abandonment.
The Eau Claire Downtown Farmers Market is part of the city’s revival of its downtown riverfront. Now, planners are hoping to for a passenger rail co

All aboard: Eau Claire to St. Paul train is in works

Earlier this spring, a group of boosters gathered in Eau Claire, Wis. — heralded by some as an emerging "mini-Portland" — and agreed on just…
The Riverview Corridor streetcar will look a lot like the Kansas City streetcar.

Route selected for St. Paul streetcar to MSP, Mall of America

The Ramsey County Board on Tuesday voted unanimously to support a new kind of streetcar service along the W. 7th Street corridor in St. Paul, approving the route and propelling the project forward.
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

Southwest light-rail budget cuts change plans near station in Hopkins

To save money, a large maintenance and operations facility will be significantly shrunk in size.
John Botteli, a junior at Woodbury High School, tries to navigate obstacles while wearing impairment simulation goggles Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

Zero highway deaths? Minnesota officials say it could be possible with these changes

The state's Toward Zero Death (TZD) initiative aims to eliminate highway fatalities in Minnesota. Already they've decreased 45 percent since 2003.
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

Hennepin County Board OKs cash infusion for Southwest LRT

Several milestones must be reached this summer to keep the project on track.
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