March 7th, 2024

In this edition

  • TRIP Agents On The Rails
  • April Webinar
  • Save the Date: Bike Week Celebration
  • E-Bike Rebates Are Coming
  • Need Help Figuring Out a Sustainable Route?
  • Invite Move to Your Earth Day Events
  • Blue Line Extension Open House Meetings
  • Other Happenings

TRIP Agents On The Rails

Beginning last fall, Metro Transit enacted their Safety and Security Action Plan to address ongoing fare evasion, problem behaviors, and criminal activity – especially on the two regional light-rail lines. Last month, METRO Blue and Green line trains added another layer of public safety - a team of 24 Transit Rider Investment Program (TRIP) agents who ride the rails.  

TRIP team members work together with Metro Transit police and Community Service Officers from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily to:

  • Check fare payment
  • Issue $35 citations to those who have not paid
  • Educate about the Transportation Affordability Program (TAP) for those who qualify
  • Help riders with way-finding and route information
  • Connect riders with social service agencies to address homelessness and substance abuse issues
  • Enforce rules against smoking and drug use

Passenger response has been very positive according to one two-member team TRIP agent team who boarded a Blue Line train at the Warehouse District station this week. The agents reported that fare checking went smoothly, customers were polite, and relatively few citations were issued. 

TRIP agents provide a smiling face of reassurance so that riding the trains is a positive experience up and down the lines.  

Learn More About Citations

Join Us For Our April Webinar

Learn more about Metro Transit’s efforts to improve the rider experience by expanding the official presence on transit through efforts like the Transit Rider Investment Program. Review all layers of presence at


Hear from featured speakers:


  • Lesley Kandaras, General Manager
  • Leah Palmer, TRIP Program Manager
  • Celina Martina, Senior Manager, Equity & Inclusion

When: April 2nd, 12pm - 1pm CDT

Where: Zoom

Register Here

Celebrate Bike Week

Save the date to join us on the morning of Thursday, May 16 for Celebrate Bike Week at Commons Park, 425 Portland Ave South in downtown Minneapolis. Everyone is welcome to a celebration of bike commuters, recreational riders, and cyclists of all ages and abilities. Stay tuned for details! 

E-Bike Rebate Program

Launches This Summer

In 2022, there were 1.1 million e-Bikes sold in the United States, almost four times as many as were sold in 2019. The popularity has only grown since then as more people discover how fun riding an e-Bike is. 

One barrier for purchasing an e-Bike has been the cost. Minnesota has a program to address the cost barrier for those who qualify: the 2023 Minnesota Omnibus Transportation Policy and Finance bill included a new Electric-Assisted Bicycle Rebate Program (e-Bike Rebate). There is a great deal of interest in the e-Bike Rebate which was designed to reduce the cost for Minnesota residents to buy a new e-bike at eligible retailers starting July 1, 2024. The rebate is worth 50-75% of the cost of an e-bike and qualifying accessories, up to $1,500.

There are specific terms to qualify for the rebate and the amount of the rebate depends upon the rebate applicant’s income. The Minnesota Department of Revenue has release an FAQ on the rebate program.

The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN) has more information on the rebate program timeline along with specifics on the bill.

Sign Up for Email Updates from the State

Invite Move Minneapolis to Your

Earth Day Events

Move Minneapolis aims to reduce congestion and improve air quality by lowering the barriers to sustainable transportation.

Invite us to your Earth Day events where we can provide resources on transportation benefits, better commuting options, and sustainable modes that enhance health, wellness, and the environment.

Move Minneapolis offers:

  • Presentations and “lunch & learns”

  • Demonstration opportunities with our transportation partners

  • Tabling at employee resource, benefits, and heath & wellness fairs

There is no cost for our transportation outreach services. Please contact [email protected] to schedule a presentation or to invite us to your existing Earth Day event.  

Upcoming Blue Line Extension

Open House Sessions

The METRO Blue Line extension will link the 13.5 miles from Target Field to Brooklyn Park through the North Loop, North Minneapolis, Robbinsdale and Crystal beginning in 2030. Updated cost and ridership estimates were released last week.


Public involvement is key at every step of the process: the project relies heavily on community voices as it moves forward. This involves outreach events to inform about the project along with opportunities for gathering feedback from the communities served by the line.  

The Metropolitan Council provides opportunities for public involvement and feedback

Crystal Open House (TODAY!)

Thursday, March 7 | 5-7 p.m.  

Crystal Community Center, Crystal Room  

4800 Douglas Dr. N, Crystal 


Robbinsdale Open House  

Tuesday, April 9 | 5:30-7 p.m.  

Elim Lutheran Church 

3978 W Broadway Ave, Robbinsdale  

Minneapolis Open House 

Wednesday, April 17 | 5-7 p.m. 

Capri Theater  

2027 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis 


Brooklyn Park Open House  

Tuesday, April 23 | 5:30-7 p.m.  

Brooklyn Park Library, Mississippi River Room  

8500 W Broadway Ave, Brooklyn Park 


Quarterly Meeting 

Wednesday, May 15 | 5-7 p.m.  

Capri Theater  

2027 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis

Free Customized Consultations


Move Minneapolis is pleased to offer free Customized Consultations for those interested in trying sustainable trips to, from, and through downtown Minneapolis.

Schedule a free 15-minute virtual/phone session with a Move Minneapolis staff member where we'll talk through your current transportation situation including your preferences and barriers, and create a plan to help you on your sustainable way. 

Sessions are currently available Fridays from 9am - 3pm.

Learn More
Schedule a Consultation

Other Happenings

March 14 ---

2024 Bike/Walk Summit 

Bicycle advocates and enthusiasts throughout the state of Minnesota will once again gather in Saint Paul for the annual Bike Summit on Capitol Hill to help residents of the State set the pace for the rest of the nation. 


BikeMN will schedule appointments for attendees to meet with their legislators. NOTE: If you registered after March 1st they can't guarantee a scheduled meeting with your Senator or Representative.

Morning sessions will include training and coaching on talking with your legislators. Appointment times with specific legislators will be posted the morning of the Bike Summit to assist you in mapping your day.  


When: Thursday, March 14th 8:00 - 6:00 pm CDT 

Where: Christ Lutheran Church – 105 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55103


March 14 ---

Joyfulton Social Ride: Shamrock Ride 

On the second Thursday of every month, the Joyful Riders Club of 30 Days of Biking meet up at Fulton Beer and go for a friendly paced social ride. Riders of all speeds and skills are welcome, no one's left behind, and you can count on high-fives galore. 


This month's theme is St. Patrick's Day. Wear a lil' green to celebrate this shamrockin' day. Meet at Fulton Beer's taproom at 5:30 p.m., roll out at 6 p.m., and return to the taproom by 7:30 p.m. In the winter, these ~7–10 mph rides average about 8 miles long, and every participant gets one free beer or THC/N-A beverage courtesy of Fulton Beer. 


When: Thursday, March 14th · 5:30 – 8:00 pm CDT 

Where: Fulton Tap Room - 414 N 6th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

March 16 ---

Metro Transit Miller Lite Free Rides

Making your plans for the St. Patrick’s Day parades on Saturday, March 16? Celebrate responsibly the night before St. Patrick's Day and get a free ride! 


On Saturday, March 16 Metro Transit customers can ride free from 6 p.m. to end of service on all Metro Transit routes – buses and light rail. No fare, no coupons; simply hop on and take a seat for free. Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) is also participating! 

Check your route’s schedule for late-night service. 


Saturday, March 16th 6:00 CDT 

By March 19 ---

Share Your Feedback on Metro Transit Route 4

Metro Transit is partnering with the cities of Columbia Heights, New Brighton, Minneapolis, Richfield, and Bloomington as well as Hennepin County to improve service on Route 4.

Take the survey by March 19 to share your thoughts on the planned changes.

March 27 ---

Bicycles as a Social and Community Development Strategy—An International Perspective 

Join the Center For Transportation Studies alongside Metchell McSweeney and Janet Otte for a discussion on the opportunities, challenges, and unintended consequences that bicycles-for-development may hold for rural communities in Northern Uganda—and how bicycles and their transformative potential might be used in other rural contexts in the US and beyond. 

Registration is Required.

When: Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 12:00–1:00 pm CDT 

Where: Zoom


March 27 ---

Wheels in Motion Bike Expo

March 28---

How Road Ecology Is Shaping the Future of Our Planet

Join the Center For Transportation Studies and author Ben Goldfarb for a discussion on the ecological harms wrought by transportation and the movement to redress them—and how we can create a better, safer world for all living beings Goldfarb is the author of Crossings: How Road Ecology Is Shaping the Future of Our Planet, named one of the best books of 2023 by the New York Times and The New Yorker .

Registration is Required 

When: Thursday, March 28, 2024, 10:00–11:00 am CDT 

Where: Zoom

April 1---

30 Days of Biking Begins

Spring is here, which means the kick-off to one of our favorite annual traditions is right around the bend:30 Days of Biking! Pledge to get on a bike every day in April - whether commuting to work, riding trails with friends, or just around the block, and join a global “community of joyful cyclists”. 

Share your adventures online using the hashtag #30daysofbikingand join a global “community of joyful cyclists”. 

When: April 1 - April 30

Where: Everywhere and anywhere!

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