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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 and buses, too. 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.
Recent content from Janet Moore
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.
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

Met Council approves bigger budget for Southwest rail

Now it's up to Hennepin County to pay $204 million more for the transit project.
Herbert Isbin

Longtime U professor, scientist Herbert Isbin dies at 98

Throughout his long life, nuclear scientist Herbert Isbin reached the highest peaks of his profession. Isbin earned a doctoral degree from the Massachusetts Institute of…
Chelsea Holiday greeted passengers in downtown Minneapolis on Tuesday who were boarding the express bus to Blaine.

Bus drivers in demand for Metro Transit, suburban providers

Metro Transit is trying programs promoting mentorship of new drivers and simplifying the application process. Recent high-profile assaults haven't helped.
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

Hennepin County Board members ask why Southwest light rail cost keeps rising

A decision is expected by the end of May on the budget gap.
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

Southwest light rail price tag increases to $2 billion

The increase in the 14.5-mile line's budget is expected to be borne by Hennepin County taxpayers.
Supporters want to extend the Midtown Greenway across the Mississippi and into St. Paul at this spot where the trail ends.

Midtown Greenway enthusiasts push for connection to St. Paul

A funding campaign aims at extending the popular bike path over the Mississippi River.

Railroad not interested in negotiating with Met Council for Bottineau light-rail

An executive with BNSF Railway has told the Metropolitan Council — again — that the company is not interested in sharing its rail corridor with…
A rendering of a Southwest light rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

Freight railroad files lawsuit over Southwest light-rail route

Glencoe-based Twin Cities & Western Railroad claims the Met Council's plans will interfere with its ability to haul commodities from South Dakota to the Twin Cities.
Lolly Lijewski, who uses a seeing eye dog named Jiffy for vision impairment, is helped off the Metro Mobility bus by driver Rigoberto Zuniga outside h

Teamsters oppose proposed Metro Mobility contract

Teamsters say 100 drivers will lose their jobs, but the new company says some may be rehired.
Conductor J.R. Long walked by the Northstar Commuter Rail at Target Field

Efforts to extend Northstar Commuter Rail to St. Cloud begin — again

Nearly a decade after Northstar began service, the 40-mile line still stops short of its originally planned route between Minneapolis and St. Cloud.
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

Small freight rail firm rejects Met Council deal for Southwest LRT

Relationship between the council and Twin Cities & Western Railroad turns sour.
Interstate 35E in downtown St. Paul during some recent roadwork. Minnesota voters may decide whether the sales tax they pay for auto-related services

Minnesota voters may get to devote auto taxes to roads and bridges

Amendment to earmark vehicle-related sales taxes has mixed support at Capitol.
Nancy Blum’s artwork titled ‘(Im)migration’ at West Bank station on the Green Line features steel birds that reflect the immigrant groups that h

For transit stations, public art brings both beauty and budgetary concerns

Fourteen years after the Blue Line began service, several of the station's tiles are cracked and gouged due to vandalism and climate.
Minnesota's 253 road and bridge construction projects planned for 2018 include multiple projects along Interstates 35W and 94.

MnDOT reveals 2018 road construction projects

The $1.1 billion worth of projects include major work to be done on I-35W and I-94 in the metro area.
A rendering shows a bus rapid transit (BRT) vehicle, similar to what’s planned for the Rush Line.

Rush Line BRT project inches forward between St. Paul and White Bear Lake

Service between St. Paul and White Bear Lake is expected to begin in 2026.
A rendering of a Southwest light-rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

Southwest light-rail line opponents appeal judge's ruling

The action keeps a legal case opposing the line alive after more than three years.
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

Light-rail supporters relieved to see transit funding in federal spending plan

Southwest, Bottineau LRT will be applying for $1.7 billion in the next year.
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

SWLRT freight agreements approved by Hennepin County, Met Council

Pacts with freight lines allow officials to pursue $929 million federal grant.
Minneapolis City Council member Phillipe Cunningham explained the the C-Line to students from Lucy Laney Elementary School before the start of Tuesday

Construction officially begins on C-Line rapid bus

C-Line is the latest in a push to improve bus service in rapidly growing suburban areas.
Alan Geisenkoetter Sr. at his family's dining room table looks at a photo of his son, Alan Jr., on Feb. 2, 2018.

Measure to tighten drunk-driving laws for snowmobiles, ATVs advances

Measure comes after death of 8-year-old boy in Chisago County.
This photo provided by DroneBase shows the collapsed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University in the Miami area on Thursday, March 15, 20

Firm that designed Florida ped bridge has worked in Minnesota

Designer worked on major spans over the Mississippi River.
A driver stayed in the passing lane as traffic accumulates behind along Interstate 70 in Montgomery County, Mo. Minnesota is considering a "slowpoke"

Bill introduced at Minn. Capitol calls for lane hogs to move right

"Slowpoke" laws are gaining steam nationally, with about a dozen states enacting similar measures.
Janet Troutman Simmons

Janet Troutman Simmons was a community leader until her death at 90

When Janet Troutman Simmons learned that her senior apartment building in St. Paul was about to be sold and most of its…
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

More challenges surface with Southwest light-rail project

After negotiations break down with freight rail operator, Met Council considers new plan to move project forward.
A Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) locomotive.

BNSF plans $90 million in rail improvements in Minnesota

State serves as critical freight link between Pacific Northwest and Chicago.
Suzie, a Toy Fox Terrier waited with her owner, Keith Edwards, at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport's Terminal 1 for their flight to Kansas C

MSP Airport to build more bathroom areas ... for animals

MSP Airport plans to build more facilities to accommodate passengers with pets.

Passenger rail connecting Minneapolis to Duluth clears key hurdle toward reality

Feds say a Northern Lights Express corridor won't significantly affect environment.
Legislators looking for ways to make transit more efficient said trying rideshare services makes sense.

Met Council may explore Uber, Lyft service for disabled people

As baby boomers age and demand for new transit options surges, other cities including Boston, Kansas City and the St. Petersburg, Fla. area, are experimenting with programs involving ride-sharing firms, too.
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon

Judge rules against residents who challenged SWLRT route

Minneapolis residents had tried to block the $1.9 billion Southwest light-rail project by arguing that the Metropolitan Council violated federal law when it chose to route the rail line through the Kenilworth corridor.
David White, left, and Lamont Butler, center, rode the A-line bus departing the 46th Street Blue Line light rail station on Friday.

Souped-up bus lines are getting a green light in Twin Cities

In the coming years, 10 more rapid-bus lines will snake throughout the metro's busiest transit corridors — and last week, the network's build-out reached two milestones. Advocates say rapid-bus service offers passengers a light-rail-like experience but is far cheaper to build and maintain.
President Trump’s $4.4 trillion budget released earlier this week calls for deep cuts to a grant program that is a critical lifeline for Twin Cities

Trump budget nixes key funding for local light-rail, bus projects

But transit planners say Congress crafts the budget, and much can change.
The Mall of America Transit Station ahead of the Super Bowl earlier this month.

Bids come in too high for Mall of America LRT station overhaul

The Met Council will look for ways to cut construction costs, and then call for new bids next month.
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