Metro Transit launches new Twitter account to announce detours, service disruptions

Metro Transit launches new Twitter account to announce detours, service disruptions

Issues occur on the roads and the rails — crashes, development, demonstrations — that may power buses and trains to deviate from their routes and run late or by no means.

Beginning Monday, Metro Transit is launching a brand new Twitter account devoted to alerting riders when journeys are canceled, delayed or rerouted.

The account @MT_MN_Alerts will broadcast real-time alerts the company already posts on its web site and sends by e-mail and textual content message to riders who subscribe to obtain them.

“That is half of a bigger effort to enhance communication round service disruptions,” Transit Data Mission Supervisor Bre Grand mentioned. “It offers a further solution to discover out about service disruptions.”

The brand new Twitter account is for outgoing messages solely, which means Metro Transit employees received’t monitor it for feedback. Riders can proceed to have interaction employees on the company’s principal Twitter feed, @MetroTransitMN.

To make the alerts straightforward to comply with, every tweet shall be accompanied by an icon. Bus Rider Alerts will characteristic a pink bus, whereas a blue or inexperienced light-rail prepare icon will denote alerts about Blue or Inexperienced Line LRT service. The variety of Rider Alerts issued for present or upcoming schedule modifications can range from each day, however an occasion corresponding to a winter snowstorm might set off a barrage of tweets.

“That’s one of many causes we created graphics to offer a visible cue for which modes our alerts are for,” Grand mentioned.

Metro Transit put in new know-how over the summer season that enables employees members to push alerts throughout a number of platforms concurrently, together with the brand new Twitter account. The system, known as TRANSIT-alerts, additionally produces an business normal information feed that enables third events corresponding to Google or the Transit app to show the identical alerts.

Metro Transit additionally redesigned its Rider Alerts web page. Notices will characteristic icons and extra colours and distinguish alerts by once they’re in impact to assist clients shortly discover people who could have an effect on them, Grand mentioned.

“We heard from clients who need to concentrate on detours and repair disruptions as they plan their transit journeys to scale back potential frustration,” Grand mentioned. And so they need to have the ability to discover it simply, she added. “It’s essential to proceed to enhance supply of buyer info.”

Good Journey turns 10

This was not the banner 12 months people at Nice Ride Minnesota have been hoping for as ridership dipped, largely because of COVID-19.

Nevertheless it was hardly a misplaced season. The favored bike share program marked its tenth anniversary and launched new electrical power-assisted bikes to the fleet. Lyft, which operates this system, deployed about 1,000 e-bikes throughout Minneapolis and has one other 1,000 in a storehouse able to placed on the streets in 2021, mentioned Good Journey Government Director Invoice Dossett.

“E-bikes assist bike share work for folks with completely different using talents they usually make longer journeys simpler,” mentioned Tamara Conway, Lyft’s normal supervisor for bikes and scooters within the Midwest.

This 12 months additionally noticed the arrival of recent e-bike docking stations designed by Dero, a Minneapolis firm.

In its first 12 months, Good Journey offered about 100,000 rides on its shiny inexperienced pedal bikes. Over the previous 10 years, Good Journey has offered 3.6 million rides on its bicycles and 173,000 scooter rides.

 

Observe information about visitors and commuting at The Drive on startribune.com. Bought visitors or transportation questions, or story concepts? E-mail drive@startribune.com, tweet @stribdrive or name Tim Harlow at 612-673-7768.

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