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Metro Transit will offers free rides to Lynx celebration

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: October 14, 2013 - 8:52 AM

Yesterday's Vikings game was a clunker, but at least we have the Minnesota Lynx.

Metro Transit will offer free rides to anybody who wants to venture downtown to celebrate with the 2013 WNBA Champions. There's a parade at 11:30 a.m. along Nicollet Mall from 12th Street to 7th Street, then left on 7th Street to Target Center.

To get a free ride to the parade and all the hoopla inside the Target Center at 12:15 p.m., you must down load a free ride pass here,  The pass is good from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

During the parade, Metro Transit routes that normally operate on Nicollet Mall will be retouted onto Grant, LaSalle and Hennepin avenues.

Metro Transit debuts Wi-Fi service on Northstar Line

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: September 23, 2013 - 12:19 PM

Metro Transit has rolled out new Wi-Fi service on its Northstar Commuter trains. Service began with Monday's morning rush hour trips into downtown Minneapolis.

The free service will be available in at least one car on every run, said transit agency spokesman John Siqveland.

Trains often have four to six cars, so a a special decal that says "Free Wi-Fi on This Car" will be displayed both inside and outside the designated car. On most runs, the Wi-Fi service will be in what's known as the "Cab Car," the one furthest from the locomotive.

"Due to the longer distances traveled on commuter rail, Northstar service is a great match for Wi-Fi," said Metro Transit General Manager Brian Lamb.

While the service is free, there will be some restrictions. Questionable content will be blocked and the size of downloads will be restricted as to now overwhelm the system and provide quality access to the largest number of customers, Siqveland said.

Passengers will be able to access the network by using TransitWi-FI. Once there, passengers can surf the net or click into "Sound of Point," an audio project produced by Minnesota Public Radio which narrates information and historical features along the route.

The Northstar line offers six weekday rush hour trips between Big Lake and downtown Minneapolis. It also has reduced runs on weekends and operates for special events such as Twins and Vikings games.

As of the end of August, Metro Transit has provided more than 538,000 rides on Northstar trains. That marks an increase of  16 percent over the same eight months in 2012.


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