M Is For Mental

M Is For Mental

The Met Council and Dakota County squabble over paint.

Reliable rapid transit is essential to the region’s growth and employers’ ability to attract workers, skilled and otherwise. Which explains why Dakota County commissioners got into a dustup with Met Council planners over whether Cedar Avenue Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Red Line buses would be painted in a signature pastiche of reds or look like other transit vehicles. 

“There’s a growing tension between the Met Council and the counties” on transit issues, says MinnPosttransportation specialist and former Met Council staffer Steve Dornfeld. “Saying [Dakota County Commissioners] wanted the Cedar buses to have more ‘pizzazz’ was really about wanting a look that says ‘These are our buses.’ ” 

Also at issue: whether the letter M or T would identify the region’s transitways. 

In the end, Dakota County got a splash of red, and the current “T” designation on bus stops will expand to identify rail/BRT lines, in conjunction with the word “Metro.”