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Research out of the U of M's Accessiblity Observatory shows transit riders in the Twin Cities can now reach more jobs within 30 minutes of travel.

Twin Cities transit riders can reach more than 18,000 jobs within a half-hour when traveling by bus or train, up 7 percent between 2016 and 2017, according to study results recently released by the University of Minnesota.

One reason for the jump, say analysts who put together the annual Access Across America report, was the opening of the A Line. The Bus Rapid Transit line runs along Snelling Avenue in Rose­ville and continues southwest to the 46th Street Station in Minneapolis, where riders can connect to other bus lines and the Blue Line.

Read the full story in the Star Tribune.