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Janet Moore

Reporter | Transportation
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Janet Moore covers transportation issues.
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MnDOT reveals list of greater Minnesota transit grants

Need for transit expected to grow as population increases, ages.

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.

Study: Big disconnect between jobs and transit

Having a job is great, if you can get there. A recent University of Minnesota study found a “serious disconnect” between unemployed workers and…

Cost of proposed Bottineau Blue Line LRT rises 2 percent

The $40 million increase for Bottineau line is much smaller than last year's leap of nearly $500 million.

Initial impressions of A Line bus mostly positive

At a news conference before the A Line rapid bus opened along Snelling Avenue, Metro Transit General Manager Brian Lamb called the new service “historic.”…
As Dakota County changes transit funding picture, Orange Line BRT could be in jeopardy

As Dakota County changes transit funding picture, Orange Line BRT could be in jeopardy

Dakota County objected that it was paying too much into the regional body, which funds transit projects including light-rail and bus rapid transit, and wasn't getting enough back.
MnDOT promoting I-35 as the Monarch Highway

MnDOT promoting I-35 as the Monarch Highway

Plantings will fortify the migration route of the iconic butterfly, which has been in a steep decline.
Dakota County takes heat over proposed exit from transit board

Dakota County takes heat over proposed exit from transit board

The county is threatening to withdraw its tax money.
TSA union, lawmakers call for more staff at MSP Airport

TSA union, lawmakers call for more staff at MSP Airport

Federal officials say wait times are dropping after disastrous spring and early summer.
Rapid buses begin rolling Saturday on St. Paul's Snelling Avenue

Rapid buses begin rolling Saturday on St. Paul's Snelling Avenue

The $27 million A Line, which speeds service in St. Paul, is one of a dozen rapid bus lines planned for the metro.

Privatizing airport security? MAC doesn't see much benefit

When checkpoint wait times at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport stretched to an hour or more during spring break, the agency that runs the airport decided…
Without state funds, Southwest light rail line's future is in doubt

Without state funds, Southwest light rail line's future is in doubt

So far, $130 million has already been spent on the line linking Minneapolis and Eden Prairie.

Northern Lights Express linking Twin Cities to Duluth quietly hums along

While the battle raged at the Legislature this session over the controversial Southwest light-rail line, another rail project in Minnesota quietly hit an important milestone…
At MSP, wait-time anxiety rises as summer approaches

At MSP, wait-time anxiety rises as summer approaches

"We're collaborating and taking an all-hands-on-deck approach," said MAC spokesman Patrick Hogan. "The goal is to enable the TSA to maximize use of its own employees for screening purposes."
Met Council must hand over Southwest light-rail documents to opponents

Met Council must hand over Southwest light-rail documents to opponents

A federal judge ruled that the council must turn over documents related to negotiations involved in choosing the route, which a Minneapolis group opposes.
He built MSP airport for nearly 40 years, and Twin Cities took off

He built MSP airport for nearly 40 years, and Twin Cities took off

In three decades of leading the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Jeff Hamiel has seen all sorts of drama.
As pressure rises on TSA, Delta offers to help speed up lines

As pressure rises on TSA, Delta offers to help speed up lines

The largest airline at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is so worried about long lines at security checkpoints that it has offered up workers at no cost to the federal government.
Senate passes Met Council reform bill

Senate passes Met Council reform bill

The governor still would appoint all 17 members.
Big business joins final push to fund $1.79 billion SW light rail

Big business joins final push to fund $1.79 billion SW light rail

Powerful Twin Cities business interests have entered the fray at the State Capitol, asking legislators to fund a critical piece of project.
Investigation opened in alleged racial profiling case at TSA

Investigation opened in alleged racial profiling case at TSA

Minnesota Islamic leader said he is hopeful that trust can be rebuilt.
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