LRT jaywalking patrols settle down

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May 17, 2004 // UPDATED 1:37 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Metro Transit does not plan to launch saturation patrols along Downtown's light-rail transit (LRT) line as train testing increases before opening day June 26, a spokesman said.

Bob Gibbons, Metro Transit director of customer services, said transit officers will continue to patrol the line to guard against jaywalking and other traffic violations, but no stepped-up enforcement has been planned.

In January, Metro Transit Police issued several tags to wayward drivers and walkers who disobeyed traffic rules on the line, which spans 5th Street from the Warehouse District to the Metrodome. Officers made 68 stops Downtown earlier this year, Gibbons said, issuing 57 warnings and 10 tickets.

The fines are steep: jaywalking is a $100 ticket and failing to obey traffic signals is $130.

Josh Collins, a community outreach specialist for the Hiawatha Project Office, said crews are installing additional signage along 5th Street to assist Downtown motorists.

The new signs show the configuration of lanes along the line to help drivers make proper turns. Trouble spots are at intersections with 2nd Avenue, 3rd Avenue and Park Avenue, he said. Some drivers making left turns onto 5th Street from those corners have turned onto the tracks.