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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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Metro Transit has removed its first electric buses from service because of problems with equipment needed to recharge their batteries.

Metro Transit's first electric buses temporarily removed from service

Other buses are being used to provide C Line service.
The fate of the Twin Cities’ fourth light-rail project, the Bottineau extension of the Blue Line, remains uncertain.

Supporters push to jump-start $1.5B Bottineau light-rail project

The Met Council and the BNSF railroad are at an impasse over right-of-way for the project, and its planned 2024 opening might have to be pushed back.
A conductor announced the departure of an Amtrak at the Union Depot in St. Paul in 2014.

Boosters of second Twin Cities-Chicago train undeterred despite budget snub

They're hopeful money to fund the project will come next year.
Uber driver Paul Linnee is fighting with the Metropolitan Airports Commission over his right to use a placard on the side of his car that says “UBER

Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport says sign on Uber vehicle violates rules

Driver says logo and his name help passengers find the right vehicle.
Workers unload and place rail segments for the Southwest light-rail project on the railroad tracks near the future Beltline Boulevard Station in St. L

Appeals court orders dismissal of Southwest light-rail lawsuit

Residents who claimed light-rail line violated laws lose five-year court fight.
The rusty patched bumblebee, the official state bee, lives along the Kenilworth corridor.

Southwest light rail extension could harm habitat of endangered bumblebees

Opponents of light-rail line say construction is destroying habitat in Minneapolis.
The Orange Line along I-35W will include a stop at the 46th Street station, pictured here.

$74.1M for Burnsville-to-Minneapolis Orange Line rapid bus comes through

The funding infusion that will help finish construction of the 17-mile line by 2021.
This is the Short Line Bridge, which the Midtown Greenway Coalition hopes is its ticket to extending the Greenway all the way to St. Paul.

Midtown Greenway wants bike bridge over Mississippi River

The bike and pedestrian extension into St. Paul would refashion an existing railroad bridge at a likely cost of $7.4 million to $27.5 million.
Metro Transit unveiled its first electric bus at a ceremony last winter that featured Gov. Tim Walz. The bus will be part of a fleet serving the C Lin

C Line rapid bus launches today between Mpls. and Brooklyn Center

Metro Transit's first electric buses will link Mpls., Brooklyn Center.
A new Minnesota going into effect Aug. 1 could mean fines for slower drivers who don’t move out of the left lane.

New Minnesota law to fine slower drivers in the left lane

Scofflaws could face a $50 fine starting Aug. 1.
Janet Shapiro

Political activist Janet Shapiro dies at 85

Her interests ranged from political activism to pottery, with so much in between.
Hundreds of people showed up for Saturday's misdemeanor warrant resolution event in St. Paul.

Warrant resolution event in St. Paul brings many peace of mind

Clearing of minor offenses benifits both citizens and the criminal justice system.
Lisa and Bob Westlake, with sons Seth, left, and Peter, with a copy of Sheer Dance magazine; Nic Westlake is on the cover.

Grieving family pushes for light rail safety changes

A new state law holds light-rail operators accountable under the state's reckless and careless driving laws; but the family of a local man killed in a crash says there's more to be done to make light rail safer.
Travelers made their way through Terminal 1 at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Thursday ahead of Memorial Day weekend.

Minnesotans kick off busy summer travel season this weekend

Most will motor to their Memorial Day destination, but gas prices remain relatively high.
A rendering of the SouthWest station in Eden Prairie on the Southwest light-rail line.

Hennepin County considers revamping $200 million budget cushion for Southwest light rail

Met Council says it's unlikely the money will be used.
A Green Line train left the Robert Street Station in St. Paul on Friday afternoon. The route’s hours will be curtailed in August.

Green Line light-rail service to be cut in early morning hours

Trains that run between the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. on weekdays will be replaced by bus service starting in August.
Marion Collins and her daughter Annaliesa, 3, brought a Save Kenilworth poster to a meeting with Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz's staff on Tuesday.

Residents present petition asking Metropolitan Council to suspend tree cutting for Southwest light rail

Petition signed by 2,900 delivered to Walz's office.
Workers unloaded and placed rail segments for the Southwest light rail near the future Beltline Boulevard station in St. Louis Park on Monday.

Construction of $2 billion SWLRT project set to start with delivery of rails

Arrival of steel rails marks start of construction on the $2 billion light-rail project
“This law is very simple,” Office of Traffic Safety Director Mike Hanson said. “Hands free means hands free.”

Live Facebook chat tackles questions about Minnesota distracted driving law

The topics varied from sensible to obscure related to the law going into effect Aug. 1.
Metro Transit has pitched an aggressive expansion of the rapid bus system, building on the success of the A Line rapid bus that debuted in 2016.

Ecolab CEO, St. Paul mayor and others tout proposed B Line rapid bus

The B Line could replace the Route 21 bus.
The fate of the Twin Cities' fourth light-rail project, the Bottineau Blue Line, remains uncertain.

'Robust' chatter about Bottineau light-rail line is ongoing in effort to get green light

As construction begins on the Southwest light-rail line next week, the fate of the Twin Cities' fourth light-rail project, the Bottineau Blue Line, remains uncertain.
This rendering of the planned Gold Line shows what a bus-rapid transit vehicle and station could look like.

Cost of Gold Line bus-rapid transit could increase to $461 million

The extra money allows for additional bike and pedestrian amenities, perhaps electric buses.
This July 3, 2018, photo shows scooters by Lime in Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

St. Paul selects electric scooter providers

Up to 2,000 scooters could hit the streets over the next few months.

Bike, pedestrian trails to close for Southwest light rail construction

Cedar Lake, Kenilworth trails will be off-limits to users as early as May 13.
Sean Davis of Nice Ride worked at taking tags off bikes as the company rolled out its fleet throughout Minneapolis on Monday. They planned to distribu

Nice Ride bikes roll out Monday in Minneapolis

The fate of bike-sharing is still unclear in St. Paul.
Kenilworth trail will close soon for three years as construction begins on the Southwest Light Rail Transit project.

Trail users decry 'deforestation' along path prepping for SWLRT

Later this month, builders will begin cutting down more than a thousand trees to make way for the $2 billion Southwest Light Rail Transit project, which will connect Minneapolis to Eden Prairie. The removal of trees and thicket on the trail would be a tangible sign construction of the largest public works project in Minnesota history is moving forward.
With roughly 4,000 scooters set to hit the streets of the Twin Cities, safety has become a major talking point for officials.

As electric scooters return to the streets, safety questions emerge

More than 4,000 scooters are expected to hit Twin Cities streets this summer — double the number from last year.
“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.
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