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Janet Moore

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Janet Moore covers transportation issues.
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Travel season expected to be brisk as Memorial Day weekend kicks it off

Travel season expected to be brisk as Memorial Day weekend kicks it off

The preferred mode of transport: Driving

Transportation bill staves off transit cuts — for now

Transportation bill still requires Senate approval before it gets to Dayton.
Metro Transit officer asking about legal status prompts probe

Metro Transit officer asking about legal status prompts probe

A cellphone video of a Metro Transit police officer asking a light-rail passenger about his immigration status went viral Friday, prompting the transit agency to launch an internal investigation.
Delta rails about Gulf-based carriers

Delta rails about Gulf-based carriers

Biggest MSP carrier appeals for help to level the playing field.
Midwestern millennials all aboard on expanding passenger rail

Midwestern millennials all aboard on expanding passenger rail

Nearly a quarter of college students responding to a survey sent to colleges along current Amtrak routes in nine Midwestern states said they had taken Amtrak to and from school, with two-thirds indicating passenger rail service is an important resource to attend college.
Southwest LRT to cost Hennepin County more with end of transit board

Southwest LRT to cost Hennepin County more with end of transit board

An agreement to dissolve a local transit board means Hennepin County will be called on to contribute an additional $103.5 million.

Deal struck in Twin Cities transit board break up

The tentative agreement means that Hennepin and Ramsey counties may increase transit tax.
Twin Cities transit board under fire by Minnesota lawmakers

Twin Cities transit board under fire by Minnesota lawmakers

A powerful metro-area public body that has contributed more than $1 billion to Twin Cities transit projects, including the Green Line light rail, would be disbanded under a measure currently pending at the Minnesota Legislature.
GOP proposal imperils future LRT projects

GOP proposal imperils future LRT projects

Transportation plan's funding limitations would imperil Southwest, Bottineau lines.

Southwest light rail gets positive sign from Washington

The deal to fund the government this summer includes $10 million for the light rail line, which could signal that the project could receive its full $928 million federal grant.
Twin Cities businesses, community groups rally to fight off transit cuts

Twin Cities businesses, community groups rally to fight off transit cuts

Chambers of commerce and transit advocates are rallying and spreading the word, which includes a campaign to reach out to suburban commuters.
War of words over Southwest light-rail transit line grows

War of words over Southwest light-rail transit line grows

In office just three months, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has already received an earful from Minnesota officials about the controversial $1.9 billion light-rail line.
New arrival method for MSP planes benefits environment

New arrival method for MSP planes benefits environment

Neighbors point out that procedures do nothing to fix noise problem.
Former MnDOT Commissioner Richard Braun has died at 91

Former MnDOT Commissioner Richard Braun has died at 91

Braun served under both Republican, DFL governors.
Met Council to hold public meetings on possible transit fare hikes

Met Council to hold public meetings on possible transit fare hikes

Opposition builds as planning agency scrambles to solve a $74 million deficit.
FAA shows off new air-traffic communications at MSP

FAA shows off new air-traffic communications at MSP

The Data Comm technology lets pilots and air traffic controllers communicate electronically.
Rising cost of Metro Mobility could threaten other transit services

Rising cost of Metro Mobility could threaten other transit services

Mounting costs could affect all transit services.
Minn. legislators debate who pays if freight, LRT collide

Minn. legislators debate who pays if freight, LRT collide

Residents have long worried about plans for Southwest light rail to operate alongside freight trains hauling ethanol, especially in densely populated areas like Minneapolis.
MnDOT announces nearly $24 million in transit grants

MnDOT announces nearly $24 million in transit grants

Most of the state money will be used by operators to buy or maintain buses.

Hennepin County Board tables transit tax increase

It was considered due to CTIB's vote to dissolve.
Proposed House budget would deeply cut Metro Transit bus service

Proposed House budget would deeply cut Metro Transit bus service

Met Council says cuts would be 'devastating.’, but Republicans say transportation proposal simply reflects budget realities.
Northstar rail, bus service available to all Twins home games

Northstar rail, bus service available to all Twins home games

Northstar Commuter Rail and the Northstar Link Commuter Bus will provide service for all Twins home games at Target Field, beginning April 3 with the…
David Haugo, family farmer, agriculture advocate dies at 82

David Haugo, family farmer, agriculture advocate dies at 82

For Mahnomen County farmer David Haugo, nothing was more sublime than the scent of freshly turned soil and a row of tilled earth, straight and…
Homeland Security on Metro Transit prompts concerned tweets

Homeland Security on Metro Transit prompts concerned tweets

Federal VIPR officers boarded the Green Line.
Minn. Republicans call for feds to halt Southwest light-rail funding

Minn. Republicans call for feds to halt Southwest light-rail funding

More than $900 million expected in federal grants.
Dakota County vote blocks dissolution of transit board

Dakota County vote blocks dissolution of transit board

County says CTIB owes it $29M, and won't budge until the money's paid.
Critics oppose fare hikes for bus and LRT

Critics oppose fare hikes for bus and LRT

Met Council says increases can help offset budget shortfalls. The last fare hike was in 2008.
Over and out? Pilot shortage threatens small airports

Over and out? Pilot shortage threatens small airports

Others say the problem outstate is economic.
County transit board votes to dissolve, but future unclear

County transit board votes to dissolve, but future unclear

Disagreement over Dakota County's share to leave.

Minnesota transit board postpones decision to dissolve itself

A board that serves as a key funder of mass transit in the Twin Cities voted Friday to postpone until March 8 a decision on…
Feds: Southwest light-rail funds can't be diverted to roads, bridges

Feds: Southwest light-rail funds can't be diverted to roads, bridges

Federal grant of nearly $1 billion is expected to pay half of controversial transit line between Minneapolis and Eden Prairie.

Pending legislation could derail high-speed train to Rochester before it's built

Legislators say landowners and farmers along the route object to the privately funded project.
Citizens League report hopes to break the transit 'logjam'

Citizens League report hopes to break the transit 'logjam'

A local think tank put forth ideas to break the Capitol stalemate on a fractious issue.
Metro Transit sent reps to Houston for Bowl intelligence

Metro Transit sent reps to Houston for Bowl intelligence

Metro Transit sent 12 people to Houston this month to research how transit operated amid the Super Bowl at NRG Stadium and festivities leading up…
Car2Go and gone: Legislation aims to lure more car-sharing services to TC

Car2Go and gone: Legislation aims to lure more car-sharing services to TC

Car-sharing taxes here are among the highest in nation.

Bottineau LRT receives funding from Hennepin County

With financial aid from the feds and CTIB, the line should open up in 2021.
Distracted-driving bill aims 'to stop the carnage on our roads today'

Distracted-driving bill aims 'to stop the carnage on our roads today'

Minnesota and other states struggle to rein in inattentive drivers.
MnDOT's message for commuters: Take care and stay away from snowplows

MnDOT's message for commuters: Take care and stay away from snowplows

As more are distracted behind the wheel, plow crashes with cars are up this season.
Bottineau Blue Line LRT gains key federal approval

Bottineau Blue Line LRT gains key federal approval

Construction expected to begin in 2018.

Transit board takes initial steps to dissolve

CTIB has helped to attract $1.5 billion in federal transit funding.
Airport police chief: Vigilant oversight at MSP following Florida shootings

Airport police chief: Vigilant oversight at MSP following Florida shootings

Experts disagree whether TSA needs to change rules for checking guns.
Metro Transit sees slight dip in 2016 ridership

Metro Transit sees slight dip in 2016 ridership

Blamed for the decline — the drop in gas prices and ongoing construction on the Nicollet Mall.
Metro Transit walks fine line policing sleepers on trains, buses

Metro Transit walks fine line policing sleepers on trains, buses

The agency knows "you can't arrest your way out of this situation," but faces a seemingly insoluble societal challenge.

Southwest light-rail project gets crucial approval from feds

Work to begin next year on 14.5-mile line linking Minneapolis, Eden Prairie.
With big transit deficit, Met Council looks for new state funding

With big transit deficit, Met Council looks for new state funding

Regional planning body prefers sales tax over fare increases as it confronts $89 million gap.
Private plan for Twin Cities-Rochester high-speed rail draws pushback

Private plan for Twin Cities-Rochester high-speed rail draws pushback

To some, a high-speed rail line financed by Chinese and other private investors is an exquisite dream. To others, it's folly.

MnDOT misses federal goals for disadvantaged contractors

Initiative intended to bolster the socially, economically disadvantaged.
Transit funding board meets, discusses whether to disband

Transit funding board meets, discusses whether to disband

No decision was made at Thursday's meeting of the Counties Transit Improvement Board, but the debate will continue as member counties decide the next steps.
Vikings stadium pedestrian bridge cost rises by $1 million

Vikings stadium pedestrian bridge cost rises by $1 million

For now, the Met Council will cover the overrun, which brings the total cost to $10.6 million.
TSA annual test for screeners leads to firings, stress, turnover

TSA annual test for screeners leads to firings, stress, turnover

Workers object to annual proficiency review recertification exam simulations as too different from actual threats. The agency calls it "fair and representative."
Ford site gets transportation plans moving

Ford site gets transportation plans moving

Transportation study looks at reopening dead-end streets, encouraging mass transit.
Car2Go to suspend Twin Cities service

Car2Go to suspend Twin Cities service

Popular car-sharing service says state taxes too high.
St. Paul Park breathes easier with rail crossing closure

St. Paul Park breathes easier with rail crossing closure

City officials cite location near oil refinery, recent truck-rail collision.
Obituary: James R. Zosel, veterinarian, priest, counselor, professor

Obituary: James R. Zosel, veterinarian, priest, counselor, professor

Most people struggle to find a career they love, or even a job they just like. James Raymond Zosel, of Minneapolis, enjoyed four careers throughout…
UberX, Lyft are poised to take off at MSP

UberX, Lyft are poised to take off at MSP

After testy hearings, new rules ready to be OK'd.
St. Francis yields to the lure of roundabouts

St. Francis yields to the lure of roundabouts

Drivers are learning to maneuver through spots with new traffic design.
Staffing shortage blamed for three-month backlog of Minnesota auto titles

Staffing shortage blamed for three-month backlog of Minnesota auto titles

The Department of Public Safety's Driver and Vehicle Services Division says it is offering voluntary overtime to employees and hiring temporary help.
Uber, Lyft upset by proposed rule changes for their drivers to service airport

Uber, Lyft upset by proposed rule changes for their drivers to service airport

Airport's operator says it wants to balance needs of taxis, ride-sharing firms.
$350K lawsuit filed on behalf of teen injured by Metro Transit Police

$350K lawsuit filed on behalf of teen injured by Metro Transit Police

He seeks at least $350,000 from Metro Transit over alleged attack.
Metro Transit bus drivers worry about safety from passenger attacks

Metro Transit bus drivers worry about safety from passenger attacks

Assaults on drivers have reached epidemic levels, their union says. No easy fix exists.
Funding now appears assured for controversial Southwest LRT

Funding now appears assured for controversial Southwest LRT

Extra funds are needed because the state did not fully fund the controversial LRT project.
Hennepin County approves extra $20.5M for Southwest LRT

Hennepin County approves extra $20.5M for Southwest LRT

The extra funds are part of a last-minute funding patch intended to keep the controversial $1.9 billion project afloat.
Eye in the sky keeps watch on Mississippi River for toxic scum

Eye in the sky keeps watch on Mississippi River for toxic scum

A pilot from Rochester helps scientists track potentially toxic blooms of algae as part of a NASA effort.

Airline complaints declined in 2016 — really

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported that consumer complaints about airline service nationwide declined 12.2 percent the first six months of this year, when compared with the same period last year.
Transit board throws Orange Line a $37.5 million lifeline

Transit board throws Orange Line a $37.5 million lifeline

The project can move forward, but the fate of $12 million in state funding is unclear.

Service workers approve one-day strike at MSP

Union trying to organize workers plans walkout on an unspecified date.
Despite support from cities and suburbs, Orange Line needs to secure funding

Despite support from cities and suburbs, Orange Line needs to secure funding

Despite bipartisan backing from Minneapolis and south metro officials, project faces a murky future.

Bottineau light rail wins critical Hennepin County funding

Hennepin County rail board will pay about $150 million for Blue Line extension; state's share is still uncertain.
CTIB: The little-known board that influences Twin Cities transit

CTIB: The little-known board that influences Twin Cities transit

The board is fractured by possible defections and criticism that call into question the metro area's blueprint for transit — and how to fund it.
Feds green-light Southwest LRT, which still faces funding shortage

Feds green-light Southwest LRT, which still faces funding shortage

Planners need to find $135 million in local money.
Taxi drivers protest proposed new rules at MSP Airport

Taxi drivers protest proposed new rules at MSP Airport

The Metropolitan Airports Commission is exploring ways to accommodate new transportation choices.
Metro transit board scrambles in wake of Dakota County pullout

Metro transit board scrambles in wake of Dakota County pullout

If the Counties Transit Improvement Board doesn't approve its $45 million share for the Orange Line, it's unclear that the project can move forward.
Obituary: Capt. James Borden flew during the golden age of aviation

Obituary: Capt. James Borden flew during the golden age of aviation

Capt. James W. Borden's childhood dream was to fly airplanes — one he fulfilled many times over as an adult flying for Northwest Airlines for…

Final environmental study for Bottineau Blue Line light rail published

$1.54B project would connect Minneapolis to Brooklyn Park.
Minnesota special legislative session set for late August

Minnesota special legislative session set for late August

Legislators looking at a range of tax breaks for Minnesotans and new spending.
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