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Janet Moore

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Janet Moore covers transportation issues.
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Worries grow that costs could still rise for Southwest light-rail line

Worries grow that costs could still rise for Southwest light-rail line

A shortage of construction workers and uncertainty about a potential rise in the cost of building materials could follow Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
MSP spiffing up its carpeting, hopes to avoid Portland turf battle

MSP spiffing up its carpeting, hopes to avoid Portland turf battle

No one expects the outrage that ensued when Portland replaced its carpeting.
MEA weekend is busy time in Minnesota to hit the road, skies

MEA weekend is busy time in Minnesota to hit the road, skies

Travelers can expect long lines at the airport and sparse lodgings available Up North.
Advisory committee recommends streetcar for W. 7th Street transit

Advisory committee recommends streetcar for W. 7th Street transit

Riverview line would connect downtown St. Paul with MSP Airport, MOA.
Report on Met Council books adds fuel to bitter transit debate

Report on Met Council books adds fuel to bitter transit debate

Met Council under fire for "inconsistencies" in books, but says it's a misunderstanding.
Sides face off in court in protracted Southwest light-rail dispute

Sides face off in court in protracted Southwest light-rail dispute

Judge says he will rule "quickly" on lawsuit filed more than three years ago to block project.
Public to be asked about controversial Southwest light-rail wall

Public to be asked about controversial Southwest light-rail wall

Program seeks to allay fears about proposed crash wall.
MAC approves new $240 million, 11-story parking ramp at airport

MAC approves new $240 million, 11-story parking ramp at airport

It's the largest contract awarded in the commission's 74-year history.
Regional transit board holds final meeting

Regional transit board holds final meeting

CTIB raised nearly $1 billion for metro-area transit.
MSP plans big changes on retail and food front

MSP plans big changes on retail and food front

Travelers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport have their choice of nearly 50 new retailers and restaurants added over the past year. And more changes are coming.
New eateries approved for Terminal 1 at MSP Airport

New eateries approved for Terminal 1 at MSP Airport

More than two dozen new eateries are planned for the busiest terminal at MSP — ranging from local favorites to national chains offering sushi to steak.
Southwest light-rail wall draws the ire of Minneapolis, state officials

Southwest light-rail wall draws the ire of Minneapolis, state officials

Met Council asked to study how barrier will affect Minneapolis.

Met Council rejects Southwest light-rail bids

The decision responded to pricier-than-expected construction proposals, but the delay will add costs.
TSA says new security lanes will speed up MSP screening — eventually

TSA says new security lanes will speed up MSP screening — eventually

TSA formally introduced four "innovation lanes" at the south checkpoint in Terminal 1 a week ago and showed them off Tuesday. MSP is the seventh airport in the nation to be outfitted.
Obituary: Artist Alexandria Russell Bowen embraced world with adventure, wit

Obituary: Artist Alexandria Russell Bowen embraced world with adventure, wit

It would be a bit of an understatement to say Alexandria Russell Bowen led a rich and full life. Known as Andy, Bowen canoed the…
Contractors disappointed with Met Council plan to rebid Southwest light rail

Contractors disappointed with Met Council plan to rebid Southwest light rail

Council says construction bids were too high; all could be rejected.
Met Council chair recommends rejecting all Southwest LRT bids as too high

Met Council chair recommends rejecting all Southwest LRT bids as too high

New Met Council leader recommends rejecting four bids as too high.
MSP noise concerns pushing to new corners of Twin Cities

MSP noise concerns pushing to new corners of Twin Cities

Citizens' group says thousands more metro residents are affected by the din of planes, and the noise has increased 30 percent since 2014.
Southwest LRT barrier wall raises the ire of neighbors, lawmakers

Southwest LRT barrier wall raises the ire of neighbors, lawmakers

Minneapolis, Met Council to work on community engagement over wall's appearance.

Met Council approves rail agreements for Southwest light rail

Concerns about a concrete wall along a part of the route concern Minneapolis officials and state lawmakers.
Construction bids submitted for Southwest light rail, but challenges remain

Construction bids submitted for Southwest light rail, but challenges remain

Move is a "milestone" but bids now face scrutiny from Met Council staff.
Way cleared for Southwest LRT project to seek nearly $1B from feds

Way cleared for Southwest LRT project to seek nearly $1B from feds

Talks with Met Council clear way for project to apply for $929 million in federal money.
Eden Prairie Town Center stop may be added back to Southwest LRT

Eden Prairie Town Center stop may be added back to Southwest LRT

The mall stop was deferred two years ago due to budget cuts.
Airport cabbies riled over new rules on credit card transactions

Airport cabbies riled over new rules on credit card transactions

Several hundred taxicab drivers at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are upset about new rules overseeing the way credit card payments are processed for cab rides. The MAC says it's balancing needs of drivers and cab customers.
State dealing with glitches in new license tab, plate computer system

State dealing with glitches in new license tab, plate computer system

Some vehicle owners are reporting long waits for their tabs, titles and plates.
Met Council votes to increase Metro Transit fares by 25 cents

Met Council votes to increase Metro Transit fares by 25 cents

Come Oct. 1, passengers using public transit in the Twin Cities will pay more. The move was made despite widespread opposition.
Despite pushback, Met Council committee backs 25-cent transit fare hike

Despite pushback, Met Council committee backs 25-cent transit fare hike

The recommendation is to raise fares for local and express buses, light rail, and Northstar commuter rail by 25 cents.
Minnesota's riskiest bridges repaired after I-35W collapse

Minnesota's riskiest bridges repaired after I-35W collapse

State leaders set aside $2.5 billion for the program over the past decade, allowing the state to more aggressively tackle a backlog of bridge repairs. It also has left the state with one of the lowest percentage of structurally deficient bridges in the nation.
Metro Transit police consider new policy on immigration queries

Metro Transit police consider new policy on immigration queries

The move comes after an exchange between an officer and a Blue Line passenger in May was caught on video and went viral.
Light-rail supporters impatient for Bottineau Line

Light-rail supporters impatient for Bottineau Line

Frustration being aired about lack of movement in line's key negotiations.
Convergence of construction projects clobbers metro commuters

Convergence of construction projects clobbers metro commuters

Lowry Tunnel work added another headache to commuters already facing a partial light-rail shutdown, other headaches.
Charges dropped against immigrant whose status was questioned by Metro Transit cop

Charges dropped against immigrant whose status was questioned by Metro Transit cop

His lawyers are challenging deportation.

Dakota, Washington counties approve transportation taxes

The move replaces an existing quarter-cent tax before CTIB dissolves itself.
Delta debuts facial recognition at MSP, self-service kiosks for bags

Delta debuts facial recognition at MSP, self-service kiosks for bags

Checking a bag at the Twin Cities airport? Just bring your face and your passport. Delta on Monday debuted self-service kiosks aimed at speeding up…
Obituary: Albert 'Bert' Foster helped build Wayzata Yacht Club

Obituary: Albert 'Bert' Foster helped build Wayzata Yacht Club

Albert "Bert" Foster liked to say sailboat racing was akin to a chess match.So many moving parts to consider: the wind, the water, the geometry…
Activists press for New Hope officer in viral light-rail video to be fired

Activists press for New Hope officer in viral light-rail video to be fired

They want the officer, who stepped down from part-time job with Metro Transit police, out of the New Hope department.
Hennepin, Ramsey counties raise transit tax

Hennepin, Ramsey counties raise transit tax

But the outlook for any matching federal funding remains uncertain.

Delays have "eroded confidence" in state's vehicle licensing upgrade

After nearly 10 years and $60M in spending, web upgrade is languishing.
Minneapolis condo residents want vibration study before Southwest light rail goes forward

Minneapolis condo residents want vibration study before Southwest light rail goes forward

Calhoun-Isles condo walls have cracks from area construction tremors.

Hennepin, Ramsey counties hold hearings on transportation tax increase

The boards are considering raising the existing quarter-cent tax to a half-cent after the Counties Transit Improvement Board voted to disband by July 1.
Effort underway to prevent deportation of man in viral video with Metro Transit officer

Effort underway to prevent deportation of man in viral video with Metro Transit officer

Attorneys are also weighing a formal complaint about the handling of the case by the officer, who has since resigned.
Transit board takes first step to dissolve

Transit board takes first step to dissolve

Metro counties must now hold separate public hearings on transit tax.
Bidding for Southwest light rail contract is delayed a third time

Bidding for Southwest light rail contract is delayed a third time

Construction of the $1.9 billion project won't begin until later this fall.
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.
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