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Janet Moore

Reporter | Transportation
Phone: 612-673-7752

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
A Med City Mover drove through downtown Rochester in April.

Driverless shuttle survives its first Minnesota winter

Autonomous pod operates in downtown Rochester.
Anne Saxton, left, of the Metropolitan Airports Commission answered questions of people at an MSP job fair in 2020.

MSP Airport looking to hire 700 workers in anticipation of jump in summer travelers

Job fair hopes to help hire 700 employees to meet the surge.
Lawmakers are deeply divided on how billions in transportation funding should be spent.

Roads and bridges or trains and buses? Transportation funding faces stark divide at Capitol

House, Senate disagree on money, policy.
Residents discovered cracks in hallways and common areas between the third and 10th floors of the Cedar Isles condo towers in January.

Owners of damaged condos near light-rail line may see relief

State lawmakers are pushing to compensate homeowners after cracks were found in the walls and floors of the towers.
An A Line bus, part of Metro Transit’s bus rapid transit system, runs on Ford Parkway in St. Paul.

With White Bear Lake opposed to Purple Line, transit officials are looking at other routes

Decision reflects local opposition to the $475 million bus rapid transit project.
Bicyclists rode the freshly repaved pathway along the Midtown Greenway in November.

Minneapolis to give Midtown Greenway an asphalt do-over

Project comes after first attempt at resurfacing last year came up bumpy.
Metro Transit community service officers trained last year.

Recruit shortage slows Metro Transit plans to beef up safety, spur ridership

Hiring challenges, legislative uncertainty have crimped safety efforts.
Southwest light rail construction in the Kenilworth corridor this winter, with the Cedar Isles condominium towers in the background.

Southwest work a 'small' factor in cracks, condo board told

Construction of the Southwest light-rail line in the Kenilworth corridor of Minneapolis was a "small contributable factor" that led to cracks in parts of the Cedar Isles condominiums, according to an email sent to homeowners.
A worker at the New Flyer bus manufacturing plant in 2015.

New Flyer workers approve possible strike in St. Cloud; talks set to resume next week

Unionized workers at New Flyer fighting for better pay, benefits.
The $245 million Silver Ramp at MSP Airport needs more than $2 million in fixes.

$2 million in fixes needed for glittering new MSP parking ramp

Unique design has attracted accolades — but has problems with flooding and cracking.
Ashley Asmus, data scientist for the Metropolitan Council, conducted a survey of transit riders on a Route 21 bus last fall.

Metropolitan Council survey finds changes in transit ridership during COVID-19 pandemic

Results will help Met Council improve service, plan lines.
A $93 million crash-protection wall along the Southwest light-rail line that will separate freight and light-rail trains for about a mile is one of th

Future funding for Southwest light-rail line unclear

Planners are hopeful federal funds will come through.
Passengers crowded MSP Airport’s Terminal 1 on Sunday morning.

Brisk spring break traffic is expected this week at MSP Airport

The numbers going through the airport this week may be the most since 2019, officials said.
Sharyle “Shar” Knutson

Sharyle 'Shar' Knutson, former state AFL-CIO head, dies at 72

Pioneering labor leader fought to increase minimum wage.
Construction equipment lined the site of the tunnel in the Kenilworth corridor on the Southwest light-rail project in late January.

Minnesota Senate joins House in approving Southwest light-rail audit

Gov. Walz also supports a look at the project's costs, delays.
MSP employees give soothing voice to airport announcements

MSP employees give soothing voice to airport announcements

Public service announcements are made by contest winners.
Some residents and business owners in White Bear Lake opposed the proposed Purple Line, which will connect the city to Union Depot in downtown St. Pau

White Bear Lake attempts to block 'Purple Line' bus transit plans

$475 million bus rapid transit line would connect downtown St. Paul to White Bear Lake by end of 2026.
An investigation into cracks at a nearby condo has halted construction of a tunnel for the Southwest light-rail line for nearly six weeks.

Met Council launches probe into condo cracks near SWLRT site

Construction of a tunnel for light-rail trains along the Kenilworth corridor has been halted for nearly six weeks as a result.
Southwest light-rail construction in the Kenilworth corridor.

Minnesota House lawmakers approve Southwest LRT audit

Probe will explore issues dogging controversial transit project
The number of “unruly passenger” complaints has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Disruption in the skies, already fueled by alcohol, surged during pandemic

As flight attendants and other passengers endure sexual assaults and "mask disputes," two local victims are suing alleged perpetrators — and their employers.
Flooding in the Calhoun Isles parking garage near Southwest light-rail construction.

Garage floods at condos near Southwest LRT

Water main broke near Calhoun Isles complex in Minneapolis.
Electric cars and truck owners don’t pay gas taxes but do contribute to road upkeep in other ways. Some think the state’s policies need to change.

Will electric vehicles pay their fair share for Minnesota's road costs?

Electric cars and truck owners don't pay gas taxes but do contribute to road upkeep in other ways. Some think the state's policies need to change.
Brooke Blakey

Brooke Blakey named new neighborhood safety head in St. Paul

The former Metro Transit official has been the subject of an internal investigation involving a nonprofit.
The Orange Line bus rapid transit opened in 2021, connecting downtown Minneapolis to Burnsville.

Metro Transit ridership continued to slide in 2021, owing to COVID-19

COVID, changing work patterns affect ridership.
Southwest light-rail construction in the Kenilworth corridor.

Bill would transfer Southwest light-rail project from Met Council to MnDOT

Lawmaker: Met Council not capable of handling project
Cracks were discovered by residents in hallways and common areas between the third and tenth floors of the Calhoun Isles condo towers, according to a

Condo cracks appear during construction of Southwest LRT

Met Council is investigating problems, which Calhoun Isles condo residents have feared as a result of the LRT project.
Gov. Tim Walz

Walz supports independent audit of Southwest light-rail project

There's bipartisan support for probe, but GOP wants project halted during audit.
Holiday travelers waited in line in November at the Delta ticketing counter of Terminal 1 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Restaurant workers at MSP pushing for COVID protocols

They claim rules at some concessions are random and potentially unsafe.
A rendering of the Southwest light-rail train passing over the Kenilworth Lagoon.

State lawmakers issue bipartisan call for Southwest LRT audit

Sen. Scott Newman called the $2.75B project a "boondoggle of historic proportions."
Air travel at MSP Airport experienced a strong recovery in 2021.

More passengers returned to MSP in 2021, though not yet at pre-pandemic levels

Air travel appears to be trending strongly so far this year.
Construction equipment lined the site of the tunnel in the Kenilworth corridor Wednesday afternoon.

Southwest LRT now expected to cost up to $2.75B, open in 2027

The announcement that it'll be finished four years later and cost millions more ends a year of silence about the cost and timeline of the extension of the Green Line that will link downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie.
Construction of the Southwest light-rail tunnel in the Kenilworth Corridor in 2020.

Southwest light-rail budget grows by $210 million

Tunnel, crash wall, Eden Prairie station all caused price tag to surge.
The tunnel is a constricted work site of just 50 feet in width.

Minneapolis Park Board declines to extend construction permit for Southwest Light Rail tunnel

A majority of commissioners at Wednesday's meeting asked the Metropolitan Council to compensate the Park Board for closing the Cedar Lake Parkway through the end of 2022.
Commuters boarding the C Line rapid transit bus.

Metro Transit: Driver shortage, COVID are affecting bus, light-rail service

Metro Mobility customers have been asked to limit requests to essential trips.
A second daily Amtrak train between the Twin Cities and Chicago would operate on Canadian Pacific freight track.

Rail agreement could fast-track second Amtrak train from St. Paul to Chicago

Acquisition involving two freight rail giants could mean that service will begin sooner than expected.
Planes at MSP Airport underwent de-icing during a snowstorm last month.

MSP: Impact of 5G wireless upgrade on local flights still unknown

Rollout of the new wireless service has been pushed back to find ways to minimize impact.
A view of the wastewater treatment plant in Hastings, near the city’s historic downtown district and the Mississippi River.

New wastewater plant will free up Hastings riverfront

Current plant dates back to 1955.
Duluth residents dug out from a Thanksgiving weekend blizzard in 2019.

After all these wintry years, Duluth finally declares a snow emergency

Believe it or not, one of the snowiest cities in the state has never declared a snow emergency.
Louis Lidji leased his Hyundai Sonata through the car-sharing app Turo at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Twin Cities airport makes way for peer-to-peer car sharing service

Turo is now welcome at MSP, but not at many large airports around the country.
The 10th Av. bridge in south Minneapolis has been closed to motor vehicles due to its degraded condition. The bridge spans the Midtown Greenway.

South Minneapolis bridge closed for safety reasons

Bridge on 10th Av. spans Midtown Greenway
A view of westbound Interstate 94 east of Hwy. 79 near Evansville, Minn., taken at 1:34 p.m. Saturday.

50-car pileup reported on I-94 in western Minnesota

No deaths or serious injuries were reported amid snowy conditions.
Police investigating Mankato woman's shooting death in Mpls.

Police investigating Mankato woman's shooting death in Mpls.

Tamara Vandermoon's death is the 95th homicide in the city this year.
Sunday and Monday are expected to be the busiest travel days this holiday season at MSP airport.

MSP expects heavy traffic despite omicron, canceled flights

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is expecting numbers on peak days to nearly double 2020 levels.
St. Paul firefighters responded to a blaze at a fourplex on Wednesday.

Victim of St. Paul fourplex fire identified

Blaze occurred at site near Hamline University on Wednesday.
A plow cleared snow last year at MSP airport.

Another union at MSP airport authorizes strike

Members of the International Union of Operating Engineers could strike as early as Jan. 25.
Hennepin County and the Metropolitan Council are seeking community members to join an Anti-Displacement Workgroup for the Blue Line extension, which w

Group formed to combat displacement from Blue Line extension

Community members encouraged to participate
Air travel at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is expected to surge this Christmas holiday.

Despite ongoing COVID concerns, brisk Christmas travel season at MSP predicted

Daily TSA screenings could reach 37,000 passengers, still short of pre-pandemic highs up to 45,000
Some residents and business owners in White Bear Lake opposed the proposed Purple Line, which will connect the city to Union Depot in downtown St. Pau

Feds give key go-ahead for bus rapid transit linking St. Paul to White Bear Lake

But opponents of the Purple Line in the east metro question the need for it.
A plow clears snow last year at MSP Airport.

Teamsters vote to strike at MSP, other airports

Members include snowplow operators and those who maintain runways, streets.
Passengers embark on a light rail train at the Nicollet Mall stop in downtown Minneapolis.

Met Council will send light-rail trains to Louisiana for needed upkeep

Over union objections, the council approved a $7.7 million contract with a Florida company to do the work.
Charles Carlson, head of BRT projects for Metro Transit, talks to media members during a media tour of the Orange Line bus rapid transit service route

Orange Line BRT debuts along Interstate 35W, linking Burnsville and Minneapolis

Amid pandemic and shift to remote work, new route's focus goes beyond commuting.
A fight broke out in Terminal 2 of MSP Airport Friday night after two large groups deplaned from a Frontier Airlines flight.

Fights break out at MSP Airport, are quickly subdued

No one was seriously injured during brawl in Terminal 2.
Workers at Metro Transit are upset that rust mitigation of light-rail trains may be outsourced to Louisiana.

Union unhappy that Twin Cities light-rail cars may go to Louisiana for maintenance

Work on LRT cars may be outsourced to Louisiana
Holiday travelers — human and one canine —waited in line at the Delta ticketing counter of Terminal 1 at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Ai

MSP Airport prepared for 'significant spike' in holiday travel

In a sure sign of pandemic-related weariness, thousands of Minnesotans are expected to take to the skies and highways to celebrate Thanksgiving this week — despite a concerning uptick in COVID-19 cases throughout the state.
Holiday travelers wait in line to get through TSA security at Terminal 2 of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Monday.

Traveling for Thanksgiving? Here's how to prepare for the expected throng

Here's what you need to know.
Bicyclists rode along the Midtown Greenway on Tuesday in Minneapolis.

'Botched' repaving of Midtown Greenway in Mpls. brings complaints

About half of the storied bike path was repaved, but some aren't happy with results.
About 58% of 118 Metro Transit police department employees surveyed in mid-October said they have considered a career change. ] LEILA NAVIDI • leila

Survey: Morale low among Metro Transit police officers

Work is part of an effort to improve safety on public transit.
Jason Chavez, newly elected council member representing the Ninth Ward, celebrated hearing the results with Aurin Chowdhury, his campaign manager at t

Four Minneapolis council members who backed replacing police ousted, new progressives elected

Another four incumbents who supported the policing overhaul were re-elected.
Most of the Met Council’s 3,995 full- and part-time employees will receive the $500 bonus in a lump sum.  LEILA NAVIDI • leila.navidi@startribune.

Met Council rewards employees with $500 bonus

Pay bump recognizes their work during the pandemic.
Anoka County has balked at paying Northstar commuter rail’s operating expenses because of the line’s plunging ridership.

Northstar rail runs into trouble in Anoka County

A disagreement over finances has flared up between the Metropolitan Council and Anoka County, which has balked at paying some of Northstar commuter rail's operating expenses due to the line's plunging ridership.
Construction of the Southwest light-rail line’s half-mile-long tunnel in the Kenilworth corridor of Minneapolis has proved difficult, as contractors

Legislative auditor's memo highlights troubled relationship between Southwest LRT and major contractor

DFL lawmakers pledge to push for a more detailed probe.
The temporary dam that is holding back the water on either end of the Kenilworth Channel. Water is being pumped out to allow work on the project to na

Met Council tour explores challenging Southwest LRT construction

Tour focused on Kenilworth Corridor, featuring a half-mile tunnel.
Families made their way through Terminal 1 on Tuesday at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. A long weekend of teacher conferences has prompte

MSP expects 'passenger spike' for busier MEA weekend

Passenger levels at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are expected to be higher than last year, though not at pre-pandemic highs, during the annual MEA conference break for Minnesota educators and students.
Seen from a service road west of Highway 77, a plane takes off from MSP.    ]DAVID JOLES • david.joles@startribune.com

MSP Airport board condemns racial covenants embedded in its property deeds

MAC moves to have discriminatory covenants removed from the books.
Passengers recently boarded the Route 21D bus at the Uptown Transit Station in Minneapolis.    ] CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.com

Rapid transit bus line will connect downtown St. Paul, Uptown

The B Line will largely replace Route 21, the slowest bus route in Metro Transit's system, and the second busiest. It will also connect to the Blue and Green light rail line.
Peter Dorsey

Attorney Peter Dorsey, a legal powerhouse whose reach went far beyond the courthouse, dies at 99

A successful trial lawyer for 45 years with the powerhouse Minneapolis-based firm who often represented the titans of the Twin Cities business community, Dorsey valued and nurtured relationships.
New signs with information about the Rush Line have appeared along the Bruce Vento Regional Trail in Ramsey County. The line is now known as the Purpl

Purple Line BRT clears key step to secure federal funding

Once known as the Rush Line, the project would connect Union Depot to White Bear Lake.
In downtown Rochester on September 29, 2021, Christel Patnaude and Steven Van Rooy, both internal medicine doctors at the Mayo Clinic tried out the Me

Cute and driverless, Med City Mover will pioneer automated vehicles in Minnesota

MnDOT piloting a distinctive shuttle in Rochester's core.
Robbinsdale resident Sam Good, left, looked at a map of the proposed Blue Line route Wednesday as he stood beside Anna Schmiel, a policy aide to the H

Possible Blue Line extension route prompts opposition in Robbinsdale

Once-eager Robbinsdale now worries that new path would cut city in half.
Traffic flowed in all lanes in both directions on the newly reopened I-35W, seen from the 40th St. pedestrian bridge Friday in Minneapolis.

Four-year project to rebuild 35W from downtown Mpls. to Crosstown comes to close

Project features new bridges, ramps, transit station, bike and pedestrian upgrades.
The scene at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Terminal One earlier this summer.

Air travel strong at MSP this summer, expected to be busy for Labor Day

But as delta variant spreads, future outlook remains unclear.
Community Service Officers, students who are enrolled in law-enforcement programs, received training last month on a a new safety plan to make passeng

Group studying safety aboard Metro Transit trains, buses

Nearly three-quarters of passengers say that's their concern, too, a poll finds.
Sen. Tina Smith, right, and Nuria Fernandez, head of the Federal Transit Administration, boarded a light-rail train to the Target Field stop for a tra

Minnesota public transit benefits under infrastructure bill

Transit chief says it would be the most significant such investment in history.
To expand the Midtown Greenway into St. Paul and to the University of Minnesota, an agreement needs to be struck with Canadian Pacific to overhaul its

Study touts economic benefits of expanding Midtown Greenway to St. Paul

Citing study, advocates push to extend Midtown Greenway to U, St. Paul.
Metro Transit bus driver Lauren Cox posed for a portrait at the East Metro Garage in St. Paul in 2020. Unionized bus drivers, LRT operators, cleaners

Metro Transit workers approve new contract, avert strike

Deal calls for a raise, bonus, better sick leave, but union says issues remain.