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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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Michael and Claire Hurben of Bloomington are stranded in Iquitos, Peru.

Unknown number of Minnesotans still stranded abroad

While thousands of Americans have returned, some unable to get home.
Motorists will encounter orange cones and detours at 188 sites in the metro and across the state.

MnDOT spending $1 billion on 2020 road projects

Work on Hwy. 5 near the MSP Airport may pose the biggest travel challenges.
Denis Sauve, co-owner of Twin Ports Cyclery, mounted a bike to begin repairing it on Friday afternoon in Duluth.

Minnesota bike shops deemed essential to business during pandemic

Since Gov. Walz issued the stay-at-home order, some bike shops have reported an uptick in business, especially for hybrids and kids' bikes.
St. Cloud residents Andy Vinson, left, and Kathy Carton, right, are stuck on a cruise near the Panama Canal, as they await permission to return home o

St. Cloud couple trying to get home from cruise with four dead on ship

Pandemic unfolded while the ship, now off the coast of Panama, was at sea.
Some Minnesotans stranded abroad in pandemic find their way home

Some Minnesotans stranded abroad in pandemic find their way home

But others are still trying to find a way back.
Feben Ghilagaber works as a server at a restaurant in the airport marched with other workers during a rally for a $15 minimum wage Thursday November 2

MSP Airport workers will have to wait for a raise

With aviation industry in a free fall, minimum wage measure will be delayed.
Dan West, left, of Roseville, and Jonathan Du, of Austin, Texas,, in Cusco, Peru.

Stuck abroad in a pandemic, Minnesotans desperately try to get home

Quick shutdowns in Peru, Morocco, and elsewhere left little time to catch, and book flights home.
An executive order signed by Gov. Tim Walz Monday temporarily shut down dine-in restaurants, bars and other gathering areas throughout Minnesota until

The bar is open — inside Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport security

Bars, restaurants, the food court at the airport are exempt from governor's closure order.
Traffic flowed on Lake Street under the LRT station in Minneapolis on Feb. 25, 2020.

Metro Transit curtails overnight service on buses, LRT

Metro Transit said Monday that it will suspend service of all bus and light-rail service between 11 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. beginning Tuesday, in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
Airport upgrades will include raised ceilings and improved lighting in the baggage area as well as larger baggage carousels for more elbow room.

MSP Airport moves ahead with baggage claim, ticket lobby remodel

In a flurry of improvements, Delta Air Lines also is adding a third Sky Club.
In this file photo, a C Line rapid bus waits for commuters outside HCMC at 8th St. and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis.

Transit ridership in Twin Cities metro declined slightly last year

Local bus service continues to dip, while Green Line LRT, A Line and C Line rapid bus gained in popularity.
FILE -- A Tesla Model 3 assembly line at Tesla's factory in Fremont, Calif., on June 28, 2018. The electric-car manufacturerÕs shares were trading ab

Why do electric-vehicle owners pay a surcharge in Minnesota?

Because EV owners aren't gas guzzlers, they don't pay state and federal gas taxes that help maintain roads and bridges. Yet they still use the state's crumbling road system.

Jury rules in favor of airport police officer in whistleblower case

Whistleblower said he was denied promotions after reporting on colleague.
Velles Hicks said that he feels safe at the Lake Street light-rail station. Legislators are pitching crime-fighting options.

Light-rail stations could benefit from safety proposals at Capitol

Ambassadors, more cops, cameras suggested to make system safer for millions of passengers.
Electromechanical technician Timothy Malmstedt disassembled old cloth seats and installed new plastic seats in 2019 as part of a test program to try s

Metro Transit weighs replacing cloth light rail seats with plastic after 'biohazard' incidents

Met Council is expected to consider a $1.8 million contract with Michigan-based Visual Productions Group Inc. to replace seats on Green and Blue Line trains at its meeting Wednesday.
Passengers walked from the light rail platform to the Mall of America at its updated transit station Friday.

New $25M MOA transit station set to welcome visitors 'in style'

About 44 million customers visit the Mall of America every year, with nearly 3 million shoppers and employees using the station and transit as their entry point. "This is the biggest hub for transit in the state of Minnesota," said Metropolitan Chairman Charlie Zelle at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Violent crime, including rape, robbery and aggravated assault on public transit — both buses and light rail — increased by 35% in 2019 over the pr

Metro Transit outlines plans to combat crime on trains, buses

The law enforcement boost and other measures come after a man was shot and killed on a C Line bus in downtown Minneapolis last week, and following a fatal stabbing on the Blue Line light rail in January.
This rendering of the planned Gold Line shows what a bus-rapid transit vehicle and station could look like.

Gold Line bus-rapid transit ranking could imperil federal funding

Planners say a solution is in the works to keep bus-rapid transit line rolling.
A light rail train heads south from the Target Field station in downtown Minneapolis.

Metro Transit light-rail train operators tell legislators of safety fears

Drivers testify about being verbally and physically assaulted, witnessing crimes.
Transit officers Noah LaBathe, left, and LaFayette Temple checked for valid passes or receipts from riders at the East Bank Station in Minneapolis in

Minnesota legislators propose changing fare evasion fines on transit

Democrats seek to ease penalty; GOP says it's not enough to ensure safety.
Samantha Fuller of Rochester sipped a 6 a.m. cocktail with family at Cocina del Barrio before catching a flight to Mexico.

MSP Airport seeks to change law that makes morning travelers wait for cocktails

Airport seeks a change in law so early morning travelers can get a drink.
MSP Airport served a record number of passengers in 2019.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport sets passenger record

Airlines added 15 routes as travel soared on the wings of a strong economy.
This rendering of the planned Gold Line shows what a bus-rapid transit vehicle and station could look like.

Gold Line bus-rapid transit project between St. Paul, Woodbury clears federal hurdle

The bus-rapid transit project is slated to begin service in 2024.
A construction worker from Lunda/McCrossan joint venture prepared a steel pile for the silent piler machine. The steel piles are used to construct the

Southwest LRT work tunnels through tight quarters in Mpls.

The contractor hired to build the $2 billion light-rail project is using special equipment and methods to minimize noise near the Kenilworth corridor in Minneapolis. Some neighbors are not impressed.
Dedication: Maggi Purdum’s children — from right, Penne Purdum, John Purdum (partly obscured), Jill Purdum and Nancy Hall — listened to Metropol

MSP Airport celebrates a new haven for service members

The new Armed Forces Service Center is double the size of the old one.
A-Line bus driver David Stiggers, shown in January 2019.

Metro Transit to hold one-day hiring event for drivers Saturday

Transit agency experiencing a shortage of bus drivers throughout the metro.
Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan swore in incoming Metropolitan Council Chairman Charlie Zelle before a council meeting Wednesday.

Former MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle sworn in as chairman of the Metropolitan Council

Zelle offered few hints about his strategy as he took over planning agency with vast oversight including transit, wastewater, housing.
Gerald Mullin

Gerald Mullin, physician and educator, dies at 86

He practiced in downtown Minneapolis for 36 years, accumulating a long list of patients grateful for his quiet, caring manner.
Fares generate about $100 million annually for Metro Transit.

After Kansas City made transit free, what about the Twin Cities?

Riders help fund Metro Transit's large system.
GS Motors owner Pavel Ihnatovich says he has to not only sell new and used electric vehicles at his Hopkins dealership, but educate his customers on t

Potential new rules in Minnesota could boost electric car ownership

At least one dealer, in Hopkins, is poised for an emissions crackdown.
A passenger boarded a C Line rapid bus Dec. 17 outside HCMC. Metro Transit plans six lines of rapid buses in a battle against declining ridership.

Metro Transit bets big on the appeal of rapid buses to boost ridership

Metro's strategy to attract riders is to add six faster lines. And 2020 is the year to snare funding.
Charlie Zelle answers audience questions during an event to educate the public about the 35W/94 project.

Former MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle to lead Met Council

Nora Slawik, Gov. Tim Walz's original Met Council appointee, resigned in November after about 10 months on the job.
A rendering of the West Lake station in Minneapolis on the Southwest light-rail line.

Metropolitan Council increases contract for Southwest light rail by $21 million

The light-rail project's overall $2 billion price tag stays the same.
Twenty women who say they were raped or sexually assaulted by Lyft drivers have filed a lawsuit charging that the ride-sharing giant ignored their com

Minnesota women sue Lyft, saying company does little to ensure safety of female passengers

Two plaintiffs in the lawsuit are from Minnesota.
A rendering of the proposed bus garage near Metro Transit’s existing Heywood garage in the North Loop.

New bids for massive Metro Transit bus garage come in lower than original

The garage is needed for the growing fleet of buses.
Eddie Frizell, new chief of the Metro Transit Police Department.

Metro Transit police chief takes over a transit system in transition

Eddie Frizell explores ways to improve while facing a surge in serious crime and other challenges.
The snow began flying late Tuesday at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, just in time for busy holiday travel.

Snow's arrival makes for messy holiday travel across Minnesota

Officials strongly advised motorists to stay off the roads until the storm winds down. Delta Air Lines issued a weather waiver for MSP flights, and schools and colleges were shutting down.
Pedestrians and travelers crossed the skyway from the terminal to the parking ramps at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport.

MSP fliers, motorists keep eye on forecast for Thanksgiving travel

Up to 44,000 passengers are expected to be screened at MSP Airport on Wednesday.
The secondary checkpoint offers some relief at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, where long lines were seen last month no matter whether peo

MSP Airport reopens security checkpoint between hotel, Terminal 1

Airport leaders brokered a deal with TSA ahead of the busy Thanksgiving travel season.
A small green light blinked on George Host’s Tesla while it charged at the ChargePoint charging station near Canal Park Lodge in Duluth.

Minnesota plans to use much of $47M in Volkswagen settlement money on cleaner transportation

Bulk of $47 million from German automaker would go toward cleaner transportation.
TSA closed the skyway checkpoint at the Intercontinental Hotel at MSP Airport on Monday. Richard Tsong-Taatarii•

MSP Airport leaders balk at TSA's closure of hotel security checkpoint

Decision to shutter site at hotel skyway to main terminal badly timed, leaders say.
George Host charged his Tesla at the ChargePoint e-vehicle station near Canal Park Lodge in Duluth.

As electric vehicle use grows, charging areas lag outside metro

To support the 10,495 reg­is­tered electric vehicles in Minnesota, more than 300 charg­ing stations of vary­ing ca­pac­i­ty are lo­cat­ed through­out the state with most clus­tered in the Twin Cities met­ro area.
Commuters come and go at the Nicollet Mall station in downtown Minneapolis.

Serious crime is on the rise on Twin Cities light-rail trains

The most serious crimes, including robberies, aggravated assaults and theft, are up 35% this year. But Metro Transit police say compared with the number of people who ride, it's still "very safe."
SouthWest Transit is expanding its on-demand service to serve people who need rides to and from medical appointments.

SouthWest Transit expands service to help riders reach medical appointments

A federal grant is helping SW Prime MD program.
This rendering of the planned Gold Line shows what a bus-rapid transit vehicle and station could look like.

Gold Line bus rapid transit takes steps toward construction, federal funding

Public input is sought to unlock federal funding for east metro transit project.
TSA touted the additional checkpoint during a recent spate of long security lines in the airport's main terminal.

MSP executive seeks meeting with TSA over airport staffing

Brian Ryks, executive director and CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, said the impending closure of the InterContinental Hotel checkpoint on Nov. 18 is "deeply concerning."
Drivers navigate traffic on Interstate 94.

Busy I-94 stretch between Mpls., St. Paul to close nightly for next two weeks

While the closure was previously announced, MnDOT on Friday announced a different detour.
Marianne (Colberg) Keswani

Marianne Keswani, retired foreign student adviser at Gustavus Adolphus College, dies

"She was a learner; she knew there was more to the world than being in a small place," her daughter said.
Aimee Witteman on her commuting route home on West River Parkway in Minneapolis with her daughters Barrett, 3, and Georgia, 6, on board her cargo bike

Electric cargo bikes put Minnesota moms in low-carbon lane

A new documentary explores a growing subculture of women and families ditching the car for two-wheeled bike 'minivans.'
Airport traffic was steady and moving quickly through security at the start of MEA weekend at Minneapolis International Airport Terminal 1 on Wednesda

As more people fly, group assesses how MSP will need to evolve

As air traffic increases, panel takes a look at trends and how services could evolve.
Airport traffic was steady and moving quickly through security at the start of MEA weekend at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Terminal 1 on

Smooth start for security lines at MSP Airport for MEA weekend

Issues with long lines didn't flare up Wednesday morning at Terminal 1.
Officials say Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is ready for an expected surge of MEA weekend travelers.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport officials say they're ready for MEA weekend travel surge

Both security checkpoints in Terminal 1 are open for passengers with or without TSA PreCheck.
Commuters accessed the new Mall of America transit station from Mall of America via an escalator on Monday, Oct. 14. The station serves as a terminus

Renovated light-rail, bus rapid transit station opens at Mall of America

Some 2.75 million passengers are expected to use the station annually.
Passengers boarded the eastbound Empire Builder train to Chicago at St. Paul's Union Depot in 2016. Rail backers are pushing a plan to add a second da

Rail backers plot their push for Duluth line, second Chicago train

Backers say legislative support is needed for the Chicago, Duluth proposals.
Metro Transit's new bus garage would be built on this North Loop site beside their existing garage.

New round of bids for Metro Transit bus garage in Minneapolis will be solicited

Opening of $150 million garage will be delayed a few months as a result.
An airplane landed at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in 2017. RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER •

MSP lobbying for federal money to build $77.5M central command center

The command center would bring police, fire, emergency and other critical operations at MSP into one location.
Travelers made their way through the TSA security at Terminal 1 at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport in May 2019. ELIZABETH FLORES • li

Beginning today, passengers can use all security lines at MSP

Both security checkpoints now open to all, in time for next week's MEA school break.
Metro Transit said it will temporarily discontinue groundbreaking electric bus service along a busy route until problems with the vehicles’ chargers

Metro Transit temporarily pulls electric buses from C Line because of problems with chargers

Diesel vehicles will serve as replacements on the route between Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center.
“Why isn’t there more activity out here?” said Cory Parkos, who was prepared his Minneapolis WaterTaxi at Boom Island Marina earlier this month.

Mississippi River in Minneapolis is poised for a makeover

On the North Side, Mississippi is becoming more about people and less about industry.

Homesick 'MinneLantans' throw annual party for several thousand in Minneapolis

Beyond food, festivity and fellowship, reunion also includes community service.
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, with the Minneapolis skyline.

Roadwork could delay traffic at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport next year

The highway serving the main terminal at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is slated to be resurfaced beginning next spring.
Construction at a checkpoint in Terminal 1 has caused long lines during busy travel periods.

Travelers told to arrive 3 hours before morning flights at MSP

Delta Air Lines, the dominant carrier at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, is telling passengers flying on morning domestic flights to arrive three hours before departure time due to construction at the airport's main terminal.
Mike Dougherty is one of many local Lyft drivers who are unhappy with a new pay structure rolled out by the ride-sharing company.

'Not worth the money,' some Twin Cities drivers say after Lyft changes pay

Drivers are now paid while en route to pick up passengers, but what they earn per mile is less.
The closed part of Kenilworth Trail due to light-rail construction,. “We were hearing beeping trucks backing up early Saturday, and a lot of commoti

Southwest LRT construction has Mpls. residents, officials angry

Minneapolis neighbors irked by off-hour building noise. And the city may reconsider after consulting with Met Council.
TSA employees workers at Terminal 1 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in January 2019.

Senators call for more TSA screeners at MSP Airport

They say construction project at main terminal checkpoint exacerbated an existing problem.
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, with the Minneapolis skyline.

Appeals court revives Minneapolis-St. Paul airport police officer's whistleblower case

Officer who reported a colleague's behavior said he was denied nine promotions.
A man sleeps on the Green Line train early in the morning Friday, August 16, 2019. ] NICOLE NERI •

Green Line's new schedule means displacement for homeless riders

The Green Line will no longer operate between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. on weekdays, with buses providing service while the trains aren't running.
Lines were long right before 6 am regardless of whether people were headed to the North or South checkpoint.

Long TSA checkpoint lines try patience of travelers at MSP

Terminal work clogs MSP, with more headaches ahead
A Minneapolis police report found the Green Line trains form a homeless camp of at least 180 to 275 people every night.

'Transit is not a shelter': Green Line curtails all-night service

Move, which begins Monday, will displace homeless riders.
Travelers made their way through one of the two TSA security checkpoints at Terminal 1 at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport in May.

MSP limits one TSA checkpoint to PreCheck for 4 months

One of two checkpoints at the main terminal is being renovated until mid-December.
Chee Vang worked on a Metro Transit light-rail train at the St. Paul facility. Vang recently graduated from a three-year program at Hennepin Tech and

Hennepin Technical College grads get degree in light-rail technology

How to fill a shortage of LRT mechanics? Metro Transit grows its own.
Taeko Tanaka Perry

Taeko Tanaka Perry, fixture in St. Croix Valley pottery community, dies

Taeko Tanaka Perry spent much of her long life appreciating and creating art.A gifted potter in the Japanese Mingei tradition, Perry was also a writer,…
A MnDOT snow plow clears snow on northbound Hwy. 52 south of Rochester, Minn. in December 2018.

Clearing roads this winter cost $133 million, MnDOT says

Unusually snowy and cold conditions caused costs to surge.
Rick King was appointed to head the Metropolitan Airports Commission.

New chief takes over during major overhaul of Minneapolis-St. Paul airport

Passengers rolling through the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport lately may have noticed telltale signs of construction in the main terminal. Temporary partitions divide its midsection,…
Nebraska trucker Chris Peters with his pup Oscar at Stockman’s Truck Stop in South St. Paul.

Trucking industry weighs sleep apnea as a safety issue for drivers

New University of Minnesota research confirms that sleep apnea is a safety issue for truckers -- and for others on the road.