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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
This rendering of the planned Gold Line shows what a bus-rapid transit vehicle and station could look like. ORG XMIT: MIN1810191313468393

East metro bus rapid transit Gold Line clears critical hurdle with feds

Federal funds are expected to pay 45% of $532 million cost.
Passengers board the eastbound Empire Builder train to Chicago.    BACKGROUND INFORMATION: The eastbound Empire Builder train stopped at Union Depot i

Biden plan could boost Amtrak potential to Chicago, Duluth

But GOP official says roads and bridges are a higher priority.
The rolling droid is called a gita (jee-tah).

Wandering, 'whimsical' droid delivers food to travelers at MSP Airport

Pilot program promotes contactless ordering during the pandemic.
Twins fans got of the train at Target Field during the third game of the ALDS playoffs at Target Field .] Jerry Holt • Th

Metro Transit to Twins fans: Be patient boarding LRT on Thursday

Numbers allowed on each train remain limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Passengers arriving from Florida waited for their bags at MSP Airport Sunday night.     ] JEFF WHEELER •  Though the ai

Spring break drew thousands of travelers to MSP Airport

Airport activity spurred by increasing vaccinations and pandemic fatigue.
Paramedic Kayse Abdirahman checked Milgo Ahmed’s temperature before administering the COVID-19 vaccine at Brian Coyle Community Center in Minneapoli

Minnesota sees single-day high of more than 85K vaccinations

Health officials on Saturday also reported 2,075 new COVID-19 cases, as the seven-day trend in case counts continues to rise. A U.K. variant has become a dominant source of COVID-19 in Minnesota, driving the state's case and hospitalization rates to some of the highest in the country.
Metro Transit driver Judith Jackson, left, retired driver Theresa Collins, center, and driver Deona Henderson, right, along with fellow members of the

Metro Transit workers rally to protest lack of progress in contract talks

Talks began last summer, with no deal.
DJ Yann assembled a new electric bike for a customer at Erik’s Bike Shop in Richfield, Minn., on Friday, March 26, 2021.    ] RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER

Bicycle sales this spring continue to surge amid pandemic

For the second year in a row, supply remains tight for new and used bikes.
Commuters boarded the Northstar commuter train at Target Field station in Minneapolis. LEILA NAVIDI •

Talks surface again about shuttering Northstar commuter rail

Ridership has plunged 96% in the COVID-19 pandemic.
SWLRT is considered an extension of the Green Line, which links Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Cost of crash wall on Southwest LRT route surges

Mile-long barrier will cost nearly $93 million
In a briefing before the council last week, Metro Transit General Manager Wes Kooistra said the reliability of the electric buses and their chargers b

Met Council to spend $122 million on biodiesel buses

Critics on council and in community hoped for move to electric buses.
Two bills at the Legislature would change enforcement of fare evasion on Metro Transit LRT trains and rapid buses.

Bills would put safety officers on buses and LRT, lower fare evasion fines

Bipartisan measure would also make fare evasion similar to parking ticket.
A new route has been proposed for the Bottineau Blue Line extension north of downtown Minneapolis.

Reboot of Bottineau Blue Line LRT would better serve north Minneapolis

Original alignment abandoned after talks to share corridor with BNSF Railway failed.
Metro Transit buses traveled on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis last year.

Downtown bus, train service to continue 'whenever possible' during Chauvin trial

Service will continue 'whenever possible.'
Metro Transit unveiled its first electric bus in February 2019.

Metro Transit, which vowed to go all-electric, seeks $122M for biodiesel

Metro Transit officials now say electric buses are not a good fit because the new lines cover too much territory, making establishing a network of charging stations challenging.
Spring break could make March MSP's busiest month since virus

Spring break could make March MSP's busiest month since virus

But March departures are still projected to be 34% below a year ago, indicating the degree to which the coronavirus continues to suppress air travel.
Because of Minnesota’s harsh climate, MSP is one of the busiest airports in the country for de-icing operations.

What happens to the de-icing fluid sprayed on planes at MSP airport?

Due to our cold winters, MSP is one of the busiest airports in the country for de-icing operations. Delta uses more than 1 million gallons of fluid each season.
Metro Bus driver Deb Sievers heads along her route in downtown Minneapolis and Uptown.

Met Council: Ridership on Metro Transit plunged in 2020, owing to pandemic

The biggest losses came on the Northstar commuter rail line, which links downtown Minneapolis with Big Lake.
Robert Jorvig

Robert Jorvig, first Metropolitan Council head, dies at 99

Though Robert "Bob" Jorvig wanted very much to celebrate his 100th birthday, he died peacefully just a month short of that milestone.Even so, he lived…
Rose Sanchez 

Blaine police seek information about missing 18-year-old woman

Rose Sanchez was last seen Saturday near Northtown Mall in Blaine.
Rose Sanchez

Blaine police seek information about missing 18-year-old woman

Rose Sanchez was last seen Saturday near Northtown Mall in Blaine.
Anoka police said a K-9 named Bravo was shot Sunday, Feb 21, 2021. Bravo and his handler had been asked to help during pursuit of a carjacking suspect

Suspect in Blaine carjacking shot, killed after 40-mile police chase

A police officer was hospitalized with minor injuries. A K-9 police dog was also injured and taken to a local veterinarian for emergency surgery, police said.
Simon Buley, with the Minnesota Immunization Networking Initiative, checked a vial of the Prizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to see if an extra dose cou

891 more COVID-19 cases, nine more deaths in Minnesota

The number of Minnesotans who have now received at least one vaccine dose is 754,602.
“The tools of DMC are really designed for the long arc of time,” said Executive Director Patrick Seeb. He’s seen with Discovery Square 2 under c

Rochester's DMC rises, even as pandemic reshapes the future

The $5.6 billion Destination Medical Center project, now in its sixth year, is forging ahead, even as the pandemic and its economic fallout have changed the way people work, recreate and receive medical care.
Riders awaited the C-Line Rapid Transit bus on 7th Street in downtown Minneapolis in October.

Metro Transit to get millions in federal COVID-19 bailout

Money will help offset steep decline in ridership.
An additional $2,075 to $2,265 was charged for some students and adults to cover an extended tour in Greece.

Travel firm to pay thousands in refunds to Minnesota students

Trip to Europe was canceled due to COVID-19 outbreak.
“You’ve got this Kyle! Love, Mom” Valerie Laidlaw wrote to Kyle Roos while he had COVID-19.

'You've got this!' Moorhead mom wrote letter a day to son battling COVID-19

Family's tragic journey included memories, updates and poems.
A construction worker from Lunda/McCrossan worked with a silent piler machine in January 2020 to start the construction of a tunnel for the Southwest

Opening of Southwest light rail delayed due to problems including Kenilworth tunnel

It was unclear how the delay will affect the cost of $2 billion project.
This rendering of the planned Gold Line shows what a bus-rapid transit vehicle and station could look like.

Gold Line BRT cost going up by $70 million for more park-and-ride spots

A park-and-ride facility and Washington County service center will be added at a Woodbury station.
Holiday travelers crowd the ticketing area of terminal one Wednesday at MSP in Minneapolis. Travel experts were predicting Wednesday to be the busiest

MSP Airport survey of travelers: 40% willing to fly tomorrow

CDC advises travelers to stay home, if they can, to stem virus spread.
The Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville opened for indoor dining Thursday despite a judge’s order that it remain closed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Judge orders Lakeville restaurant closed after it defies COVID-19 order

The Alibi Drinkery reopened Thursday morning to a packed crowd.
Nidhi Joshi, right, watched as her 9-year-old son, Bhruv, was tested for COVID-19 earlier this month at North Memorial’s drive-up testing site in Ro

Minnesota reports 61 more COVID-19 deaths, 2,204 new cases

More than 5,200 Minnesotans have died from the coronavirus.
Minneapolis fire chief Bryan Tyner smiles after receiving his first COVID-19 vaccination from RN Mary Greer of Hennepin Health, along with other emerg

Minnesota reports 66 more COVID-19 deaths, 2,019 new cases

At least 38,000 Minnesotans have been vaccinated so far.
Sai Shoua Yang

Sai Shoua Yang, Hmong community leader, died of COVID-19 at 88

He traveled from Laos and refugee camps in Thailand to the fields of Minnesota.
Holiday travelers cram into terminal 1 in MSP while traveling out of town Wednesday in Minneapolis.   ]DAVID JOLES • david.joles@startribune.comWedn

Despite warnings, travelers still take to the skies at MSP

The CDC has urged travelers to delay trips this holiday season because of the COVID risk.
After plans for the Bottineau Blue Line fell apart last summer, planners are hoping to identify a new route by 2021. The $2 billion line would connect

Bottineau Blue Line light-rail reboot takes shape

After original plan fell through, transit planners are expected to decide on a new route by late next year.
Tony Quinn put his arms around his children, Ryder, 9, and Ruby, 12, at the funeral for their great-grandfather Thursday, Dec. 10 at Fort Snelling Nat

Last to see pandemic's pain, funeral directors carry burden

The pandemic is taking a mental and physical toll on the nation's funeral directors, who are stretched to capacity in many areas even as they help families make sense of a new way of mourning.
Tom Keegel

Tom Keegel, U.S. Teamsters leader, dies at 79

As word spread that Tom Keegel died last month, his family was deluged with cards, flowers and donations from grateful friends and colleagues — a…
Holiday travelers, unfazed by advice to stay home, on Wednesday crowded the ticketing area at Terminal 1 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Thanksgiving fliers continue to flock to MSP despite warnings

Traffic at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was occasionally brisk Wednesday morning as travelers hurried to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family.
Brittany Johnson retrieved saliva from her 4-year-old twins Josephine and Everett as they made their way through the new saliva COVID-19 testing site

Minnesota's deadliest week in pandemic leaves 248 dead

Gov. Tim Walz and top health officials predicted the pandemic will get much worse in coming weeks, especially as the holiday season draws near.
Amelia Smith, 12, took a test at the new saliva COVID-19 testing site at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Thursday, Nov.12, 2020.

Minnesota reports record 1,424 COVID-19 hospitalizations

There were 5,552 new cases and 46 deaths from COVID-19 in Minnesota reported on Friday. New restrictions on bars, restaurants and private gatherings begin tonight.
People at the new saliva COVID-19 testing site at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Thursday, November 12, 2020.

MSP airport COVID-19 testing site one of many opening in Minnesota

Health Department also announces free mail-in saliva tests for the public.
A masked passenger flashed her transfer to MTC bus driver Jean Mier upon boarding her route 94 bus Wednesday afternoon in downtown St. Paul.

Metro Transit police give riders 'encouragement' on wearing masks

As COVID-19 spreads rapidly through Minnesota, Metro Transit began deploying its police force Wednesday to encourage passengers to wear masks as a way of stemming the pandemic's deadly reach.

Minnesota funding for second train to Chicago thwarted

But supporters remain determined to add daily service between St. Paul and the Windy City.
Alycia Howard, 22, of north Minneapolis, held her yawning 3-month old daughter, Alivia, as she filled out her ballot in North High School’s gymnasiu

Minnesota voters stream to the polls despite the coronavirus threat

Voters wearing masks streamed into the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots in the midst of the pandemic — unlike a record number of Minnesotans…
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.