The very first Southwest Transitway open house happened tonight, but hopefully some of you intrigued transit nuts will come home and want even MORE data to think about. Based on comments from one of my previous posts, I realized I hadn’t done any analysis of where people are riding transit.
Thanks to the amazing Data Finder, you can see where transit trips are happening by bus stop. To make this map, I summed all the weekday trips from bus stops within 1/4 mile of each planned LRT station. Station areas are labeled with their totals. As you would expect, downtown stations show the most trips, with Uptown and 28th Street next. The 3A alignment shows very few trips. The Met Council data for Van White shows a stop, but no routes and no trips are assigned to it.
I’ll be attending Thursday’s open house in Minneapolis and I’m excited. It’s great to be on receiving end of a public meeting once in a while. The gossip I’ve heard is that 3A and 3C ridership would be the same, which is something I would like explained in detail. Anybody out there go to Hopkins tonight and have any post-meeting thoughts?