During Cold Weather, Light Rail Trains Used by Homeless for Warmth

December 28, 2017 01:36 PM

With cold temperatures hitting the Twin Cities, organizations that work with area homeless are using a program offered through Metro Transit to keep them warm.

Metro Transit has a program that offers discounted fares for organizations that work with the homeless. Through the program, agencies give discounted tokens to the homeless at no cost.

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Typically, the program is used to help get the homeless to job interviews or doctors appointments. However, some organizations are encouraging they use the tokens to stay warm on the light rail.

One light rail rider says it's not uncommon to see homeless on the trains during the evening.

"Nightwise maybe half the train is trying to get warm," he said.

A Metro Transit spokesperson said as long as people pay their fare, they are able to ride the light rails.

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Todd Wilson

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