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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.
Recent content from Janet Moore
Riders awaited the C-Line Rapid Transit bus on 7th Street in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday.

Two Twin Cities rapid bus lines win state funding

The Metropolitan Council hopes to build out a network of up to 16 lines.

MSP Airport adopts $15-an-hour minimum wage by 2022

Even though the pandemic has savaged air travel, thousands of workers at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will get a raise come 2021.The Metropolitan Airports…
Conductor Mike Szabla stood outside the train prior to departure on the Northstar commuter train at Target Field station in Minneapolis.

Transit officials consider future of Minnesota's Northstar rail line

Ridership has plunged by 95% during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nineteen TSA workers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport have contracted the virus, 18 of whom worked as screeners.

TSA agent at MSP Airport dies of COVID-19

Gerald Girard, 67, is one of eight agents nationwide to succumb to the virus.
Choua Lee Yang co-founded Prairie Seeds Academy in Brooklyn Park with her husband.

Choua Lee Yang, founder of Hmong charter school, dies of COVID at 53

Nearly two decades ago, lifelong educator Choua Lee Yang had the ambitious idea to start a new school. In 2004, Yang and her husband, Cha…
Public transit advocates vowing to revive the Bottineau Blue Line light-rail project have a powerful advocate in their corner — Gov. Tim Walz, who m

North metro transit reboot: Planners look to recraft Bottineau Blue Line LRT

Gov. Tim Walz expresses support for light-rail project to northern suburbs.
Kara Goucher, right, with son Colt, 10, and nephews Luka and Lachlan Grgas visited her grandfather Calvin Haworth at the hospital as he battled COVID-

Trump's call not to fear COVID hurts those ill and in mourning

Trump's tweet — "Don't be afraid of Covid" — strikes some as reckless and disrespectful, seemingly downplaying the severity of a pandemic that continues to spread.
A passenger disembarked the Amtrak train at Union Depot in St. Paul.

Second daily round-trip train between Twin Cities, Chicago edges closer to reality

Amtrak route would be popular with college students in Minnesota.
Workers worked along Glumack Drive, likely one of the busiest thoroughfares in the state, Monday, in Bloomington, MN. The quarter-mile roadway feeds i

MSP Airport road gets a face-lift thanks to reduced air travel

State agencies are taking advantage of a lull in air travel and availability of pandemic funds
Mary Emma Heaps of Kalamazoo, Mich., waited for a flight with her daughter Mercy, 8, Wednesday.

As workers wait for more federal aid, Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport's long-term fate rests with Delta

Few industries have been more devastated by the global health crisis than aviation.
The union representing nearly 2,400 Metro Transit employees rejected a contract offer and authorized a possible strike.

Metro Transit bus drivers, light-rail operators reject contract

Union authorizes strike if talks continue to stall.
Ruth Evenlyn (Larsen Randall) Benson “believed teaching is a noble profession, that teaching could make the world a better place,” daughter Diane

Ruth Benson, pioneering leader of state's Education Department, dies at 91

Benson broke new ground as Minnesota's first female commissioner of education from 1983 to 1990.
The Southwest light rail line is considered an extension of the Green Line, which links Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Southwest LRT wins final approval for nearly $1 billion grant

Met Council says federal support shows strength of light-rail projects.
North Memorial RN Andrea Driskill administered a COVID-19 test to Dominick Brown, 15, in July behind the North Memorial Speciality Center in Robbinsda

Minnesota reports 13 more deaths from COVID-19

More than 480 new cases were reported Friday by state health officials.
A northbound Red Line bus at the stop at 140th Street in Apple Valley.

Study recommends improving Dakota County public transit

County's big employers say better transportation access is a priority.
Some $40 million paid by airlines to operate at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport could be waived. File photo of the airport this spring

MSP Airport could waive millions in fees to airlines

Move intended to preserve air service here, but some disagree.
Rochester International Airport received the biggest grant: $9.2 million to help pay for $79 million in runway safety improvements.

Minnesota airports get $28 million in federal grants

Projects range from runway improvements to the purchase of firefighting equipment.

Man injured in White Bear Lake home invasion shooting

The person who was injured in the shooting was taken to M Health Fairview St. John's Hospital in Maplewood.

Teen found injured outside residence after Burnsville shooting

The victim was taken to HCMS in Minneapolis, and his condition was unknown.

12-year-old girl seriously injured in ATV crash in Freeborn County

She was riding with two other youths when the vehicle rolled Friday.
Metro Transit's Aweld Hussein offered free masks to riders of a Metro Transit bus stopped on the corner of 7th St. & Nicollet recently.

Metro Transit to step up service in September

Restoring some bus, train schedules will give riders more options and space.
Albert Gartman, 84, of Forest Lake, was tested for COVID-19 by medical assistant Jeri Sanderson, Aug. 13 at M Health Fairview’s Wyoming Clinic.

COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota back in single digits; 7 new deaths, 698 new cases

Seven more people have died of the coronavirus, bringing the total to 1,745.
Mark Hines looked over the inventory of blank cans, including crowler cans, left, for Sociable Cider Werks on Thursday morning at an off-site warehous

Can shortage threatens Minnesota's craft brewers

Cans were in short supply across the country even before the COVID-19 outbreak last spring, but as bars, restaurants and taprooms shuttered and Minnesotans hunkered down to sip some suds, a mad scramble for aluminum has resulted.
Suburban mayors and community groups that support the Bottineau Blue Line light-rail project tried to force transit planners to more aggressively nego

Move to again engage BNSF Railway on Bottineau LRT project fails

Suburban mayors, some community groups wanted to fight for abandoned route.
Northstar Commuter Rail conductor Vincent Roberts adjusted his radio while standing outside of the last train out of Minneapolis on Monday, Aug. 10.

Study offers ways to connect Northstar rail to St. Cloud

A new feasibility study says adding Northstar service from Target Field to St. Cloud would cost between $36 million and $257 million to build.
A rendering of the West Lake station in Minneapolis on the Southwest light-rail line. The proposed 14.5-mile line is slated to begin passenger service

Southwest light-rail federal funding proposal advances to Congress

A critical $929 million federal grant to help pay for construction of the Southwest light-rail line has advanced to Congress, a critical step in the funding pipeline for the $2 billion project.
Emergency vehicles outside the Apple Barrel Country Store in Schoharie, N.Y., on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. A two-vehicle collision involving a limousine

Analysis finds MnDOT 'inconsistent' in oversight of party buses, limos

The Minnesota review comes after a deadly crash in New York.
The fate of the Twin Cities’ fourth light-rail project, the Bottineau Blue Line, remains uncertain.

Hennepin, Met Council abandon route for Bottineau Blue Line

The news comes after years of futile negotiations with BNSF Railway, which owns eight miles of Bottineau's 13-mile route. The freight rail giant has said repeatedly it's not interested in sharing its right of way with light rail.
The fate of the Twin Cities’ fourth light-rail project, the Bottineau Blue Line, remains uncertain.

Supporters press for extension of Metro Transit's Blue Line light rail

The proposed Blue Line extension is delayed amid stalled talks with BNSF.
A measure to employ unarmed transit ambassadors to enforce fares and decriminalization of fare evasion went nowhere in June’s special session. Lawma

Metro Transit ambassadors, other safety measures languish at Capitol

Crime on light rail, buses was increasing before ridership dropped during pandemic.

Crane accident reported on Southwest LRT site in Minneapolis

Homes evacuated as precaution but no one injured.
Community members, organized by local artist and muralist Melodee Strong and Kmart, came out to paint the outside of the Kmart on Nicollet Saturday mo

Vacant Lake Street Kmart could become temporary post office

Minneapolis officials on Tuesday will consider leasing the vacant Kmart store on Lake Street to the U.S. Postal Service for use as a temporary post…
A plane flew over Minneapolis near Oliver Ave. S. and Hwy. 62 in 2012. Passenger volume at U.S. airlines nationwide remains 74% below last year’s le

A pandemic silver lining: Less noise from Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport

Complaints related to noisy aircraft landing and departing from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport have fallen precipitously as airlines have seen vastly decreased traffic.
Metropolitan Council Chairman Charlie Zelle spoke to attendees of his swearing-in ceremony in January.

Metropolitan Council head outlines changes to better serve communities of color

The response was prompted by a letter signed by 200 past, present employees.
Windows were still broken out and boarded up following the killing of George Floyd and the unrest that ensued at the Transit Center on Chicago Avenue

Metro Transit employees call for change in serving minority passengers

They object to how the agency serves minorities.
The proposed B and D rapid bus projects would travel through areas affected during the unrest after George Floyd’s death, including the Transit Cent

Upgrades to busy Metro Transit bus routes stall with state funding uncertain

The two routes serving areas affected by unrest after George Floyd's death are the busiest in the state.
Aweld Hussein offered free masks to riders of a Metro Transit bus stopped on the corner of 7th Street and Nicollet Avenue on Thursday, June 25. Face c

As virus restrictions ease, Metro Transit wonders: Will riders come back?

Safety and the changing demands of ridership are among topics to be addressed.
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has stepped up cleaning its restrooms and public areas, especially at high-touch points.

MSP Airport launches new safety practices to attract skittish travelers

Cleaning, distancing emphasized with more activity approaching
Walter Littman

Walter Littman, mathematician and classical music lover, dies of COVID-19 at 90

As a child in Austria, Walter Littman escaped the Nazis in an extraordinary tale of survival, mettle and luck. Littman, of Minneapolis, later became a…
A mobile post office will open this week in the Kmart parking lot off Lake Street.

Mobile post office to debut on Lake Street after blazes at two Minneapolis stations

The temporary facility in the Kmart lot will aim to plug service gap left by two south Minneapolis post offices destroyed in recent rioting.
A rack of Nice Ride bikes in downtown Minneapolis in April.

Insurance firm sues Nice Ride Minnesota, alleging failure to pay premiums

Nice Ride's executive director said the nonprofit organization paid all its premiums and characterized the suit as a "bogus claim."
A man took photos of the burnt down U.S. post office across from the Minneapolis Police Fifth Precinct station last month. The Postal Service is explo

Burned post offices destroyed in Minneapolis unrest leave a void

The U.S. Postal Service is exploring options to replace the Lake Street and Minnehaha. stations that burned down.
A commuter waited in a bus shelter at the Lake Street/Midtown Metro Station in Minneapolis in 2014.

State and local lawmakers want to enhance transit corridors in Minneapolis

They're seeking $55 million in state bonding for bus-rapid lines crisscrossing Minneapolis and St. Paul, including the Lake Street corridor.
Thousands of protesters marched down NE. University Avenue toward Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey's home.

Frey tells 'DefundMPD' marchers he favors reforms over disbanding

Organized by the Minneapolis-based advocacy group Black Visions, the event began at Bottineau Field Park, passed by the police union headquarters and ended outside Mayor Jacob Frey's home.
Metro Transit service, back after being suspended over the weekend, is ending early on Thursday due to the continued curfew.

Metro Transit bus, LRT service ends early Thursday night

The service disruption was declared due to curfew in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
One of the light-rail trains that will operate on the Southwest light-rail line from downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie.

New Southwest light-rail train cars arrive for service starting in 2023

Passenger service for line between Minneapolis and Eden Prairie will begin in 2023.
Catholic Archbishop Bernard Hebda at the Basilica of St. Mary, after Easter services was livestreamed from the church.

Catholic, some Lutheran churches defy state order to limit worshipers

The religious leaders say they will resume worship services May 26.
Respite from the road: Elvin Medina, with wife Maggie Suarez, said the virus is making it hard for truckers to find places to eat and rest.

Truckers brace for long haul as virus makes them essential workers

The nation's 2 million truck drivers, deemed essential workers in the pandemic, are now viewed by some as heroes — just like doctors, nurses and grocery store clerks.
Beginning Monday, Metro Transit will require passengers aboard buses and trains to wear face coverings to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Metro Transit to require face coverings on buses, trains

Compliance will be voluntary; coverings won't be provided.
A light rail train departed Thursday from the platform at 5th Street and Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis, where a TV anchor was assaulted this week.

Minnesota lawmakers scramble to craft deal to make transit safer

Safety discussion comes after several high-profile assaults.
Metro Transit is investigating an incident at a Green Line station where an elderly woman was kicked in the head by a youth who appeared to be encoura

Suspects apprehended in Green Line LRT kicking assault in St. Paul

Three teens allegedly assaulted a woman.
Metro Transit is investigating an incident at a Green Line station where an elderly woman was kicked in the head by a youth who appeared to be encoura

Woman kicked in head at Green Line LRT station in St. Paul

Metro Transit is investigating the assault.
The Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport, Friday, June 28, 2019 in Brainerd, Minn.

Bailout to small airports spurs FAA clawback; $18M set aside for Brainerd

Initially allotted about $18 million, Brainerd airport will get $4 million for now.
In the first three months of this year, Metro Transit bus drivers and light-rail operators have been assaulted 42 times on the job.

Metro Transit bus drivers want more protection from riders' attacks

Recent incidents also have some drivers and operators questioning how Metro Transit communicates with employees.
A light rail train headed south from the Target Field station in downtown Minneapolis in November.

Future of Metro Transit's light-rail mechanics training program unclear

Only three people hired after three years of intensive training.
A construction worker from Lunda/McCrossan joint venture worked with a silent piler machine to start the construction of a tunnel for the Southwest li

Southwest light-rail project gets funding boost

Extension of Green Line will stretch from Minneapolis to Eden Prairie.
Ocyress Delarosa rides an almost empty light-rail train on Monday afternoon.

Metro Transit to suspend nightime light-rail service starting Saturday

COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in 70% decline in service.
A man wore a protective mask as he ran with bags of groceries to a bus on Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis.

Metro Transit to limit bus riders, encourage them to wear masks

In addition, Metro Transit said only 10 passengers will be permitted on 40-foot buses, and 15 on 60-foot buses.
Passenger travel at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has declined 95% in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

MSP Airport gets $125 million in federal aid

Money will be used to pay down debt, but more may be needed.
File photo: Here, Lolly Lijewski, who uses a seeing eye dog named Jiffy for vision impairment, is helped off the Metro Mobility bus by driver Rigobert

Metro Mobility providing free transportation for Twin Cities health care workers

Move comes as Metro Transit cuts back on service hours.
A man wore a protective mask as he ran with bags of groceries to a Metro Transit bus on Nicollet Mall.

Metro Transit bus driver trainee tests positive for COVID-19

Met Council doesn't believe employee had any contact with public.
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.