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Janet Moore

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The Eau Claire Downtown Farmers Market is part of the city’s revival of its downtown riverfront. Now, planners are hoping to for a passenger rail co

All aboard: Eau Claire to St. Paul train is in works

Earlier this spring, a group of boosters gathered in Eau Claire, Wis. — heralded by some as an emerging "mini-Portland" — and agreed on just…
The Riverview Corridor streetcar will look a lot like the Kansas City streetcar.

Route selected for St. Paul streetcar to MSP, Mall of America

The Ramsey County Board on Tuesday voted unanimously to support a new kind of streetcar service along the W. 7th Street corridor in St. Paul, approving the route and propelling the project forward.
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

Southwest light-rail budget cuts change plans near station in Hopkins

To save money, a large maintenance and operations facility will be significantly shrunk in size.
John Botteli, a junior at Woodbury High School, tries to navigate obstacles while wearing impairment simulation goggles Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

Zero highway deaths? Minnesota officials say it could be possible with these changes

The state's Toward Zero Death (TZD) initiative aims to eliminate highway fatalities in Minnesota. Already they've decreased 45 percent since 2003.
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

Hennepin County Board OKs cash infusion for Southwest LRT

Several milestones must be reached this summer to keep the project on track.
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

Met Council approves bigger budget for Southwest rail

Now it's up to Hennepin County to pay $204 million more for the transit project.
Herbert Isbin

Longtime U professor, scientist Herbert Isbin dies at 98

Throughout his long life, nuclear scientist Herbert Isbin reached the highest peaks of his profession. Isbin earned a doctoral degree from the Massachusetts Institute of…
Chelsea Holiday greeted passengers in downtown Minneapolis on Tuesday who were boarding the express bus to Blaine.

Bus drivers in demand for Metro Transit, suburban providers

Metro Transit is trying programs promoting mentorship of new drivers and simplifying the application process. Recent high-profile assaults haven't helped.
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

Hennepin County Board members ask why Southwest light rail cost keeps rising

A decision is expected by the end of May on the budget gap.
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

Southwest light rail price tag increases to $2 billion

The increase in the 14.5-mile line's budget is expected to be borne by Hennepin County taxpayers.
Supporters want to extend the Midtown Greenway across the Mississippi and into St. Paul at this spot where the trail ends.

Midtown Greenway enthusiasts push for connection to St. Paul

A funding campaign aims at extending the popular bike path over the Mississippi River.

Railroad not interested in negotiating with Met Council for Bottineau light-rail

An executive with BNSF Railway has told the Metropolitan Council — again — that the company is not interested in sharing its rail corridor with…
A rendering of a Southwest light rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

Freight railroad files lawsuit over Southwest light-rail route

Glencoe-based Twin Cities & Western Railroad claims the Met Council's plans will interfere with its ability to haul commodities from South Dakota to the Twin Cities.
Lolly Lijewski, who uses a seeing eye dog named Jiffy for vision impairment, is helped off the Metro Mobility bus by driver Rigoberto Zuniga outside h

Teamsters oppose proposed Metro Mobility contract

Teamsters say 100 drivers will lose their jobs, but the new company says some may be rehired.
Conductor J.R. Long walked by the Northstar Commuter Rail at Target Field

Efforts to extend Northstar Commuter Rail to St. Cloud begin — again

Nearly a decade after Northstar began service, the 40-mile line still stops short of its originally planned route between Minneapolis and St. Cloud.
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

Small freight rail firm rejects Met Council deal for Southwest LRT

Relationship between the council and Twin Cities & Western Railroad turns sour.
Interstate 35E in downtown St. Paul during some recent roadwork. Minnesota voters may decide whether the sales tax they pay for auto-related services

Minnesota voters may get to devote auto taxes to roads and bridges

Amendment to earmark vehicle-related sales taxes has mixed support at Capitol.
Nancy Blum’s artwork titled ‘(Im)migration’ at West Bank station on the Green Line features steel birds that reflect the immigrant groups that h

For transit stations, public art brings both beauty and budgetary concerns

Fourteen years after the Blue Line began service, several of the station's tiles are cracked and gouged due to vandalism and climate.
Minnesota's 253 road and bridge construction projects planned for 2018 include multiple projects along Interstates 35W and 94.

MnDOT reveals 2018 road construction projects

The $1.1 billion worth of projects include major work to be done on I-35W and I-94 in the metro area.
A rendering shows a bus rapid transit (BRT) vehicle, similar to what’s planned for the Rush Line.

Rush Line BRT project inches forward between St. Paul and White Bear Lake

Service between St. Paul and White Bear Lake is expected to begin in 2026.
A rendering of a Southwest light-rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

Southwest light-rail line opponents appeal judge's ruling

The action keeps a legal case opposing the line alive after more than three years.
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

Light-rail supporters relieved to see transit funding in federal spending plan

Southwest, Bottineau LRT will be applying for $1.7 billion in the next year.
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

SWLRT freight agreements approved by Hennepin County, Met Council

Pacts with freight lines allow officials to pursue $929 million federal grant.
Minneapolis City Council member Phillipe Cunningham explained the the C-Line to students from Lucy Laney Elementary School before the start of Tuesday

Construction officially begins on C-Line rapid bus

C-Line is the latest in a push to improve bus service in rapidly growing suburban areas.
Alan Geisenkoetter Sr. at his family's dining room table looks at a photo of his son, Alan Jr., on Feb. 2, 2018.

Measure to tighten drunk-driving laws for snowmobiles, ATVs advances

Measure comes after death of 8-year-old boy in Chisago County.
This photo provided by DroneBase shows the collapsed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University in the Miami area on Thursday, March 15, 20

Firm that designed Florida ped bridge has worked in Minnesota

Designer worked on major spans over the Mississippi River.
A driver stayed in the passing lane as traffic accumulates behind along Interstate 70 in Montgomery County, Mo. Minnesota is considering a "slowpoke"

Bill introduced at Minn. Capitol calls for lane hogs to move right

"Slowpoke" laws are gaining steam nationally, with about a dozen states enacting similar measures.
Janet Troutman Simmons

Janet Troutman Simmons was a community leader until her death at 90

When Janet Troutman Simmons learned that her senior apartment building in St. Paul was about to be sold and most of its…
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

More challenges surface with Southwest light-rail project

After negotiations break down with freight rail operator, Met Council considers new plan to move project forward.
A Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) locomotive.

BNSF plans $90 million in rail improvements in Minnesota

State serves as critical freight link between Pacific Northwest and Chicago.
Suzie, a Toy Fox Terrier waited with her owner, Keith Edwards, at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport's Terminal 1 for their flight to Kansas C

MSP Airport to build more bathroom areas ... for animals

MSP Airport plans to build more facilities to accommodate passengers with pets.

Passenger rail connecting Minneapolis to Duluth clears key hurdle toward reality

Feds say a Northern Lights Express corridor won't significantly affect environment.
Legislators looking for ways to make transit more efficient said trying rideshare services makes sense.

Met Council may explore Uber, Lyft service for disabled people

As baby boomers age and demand for new transit options surges, other cities including Boston, Kansas City and the St. Petersburg, Fla. area, are experimenting with programs involving ride-sharing firms, too.
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon

Judge rules against residents who challenged SWLRT route

Minneapolis residents had tried to block the $1.9 billion Southwest light-rail project by arguing that the Metropolitan Council violated federal law when it chose to route the rail line through the Kenilworth corridor.
David White, left, and Lamont Butler, center, rode the A-line bus departing the 46th Street Blue Line light rail station on Friday.

Souped-up bus lines are getting a green light in Twin Cities

In the coming years, 10 more rapid-bus lines will snake throughout the metro's busiest transit corridors — and last week, the network's build-out reached two milestones. Advocates say rapid-bus service offers passengers a light-rail-like experience but is far cheaper to build and maintain.
President Trump’s $4.4 trillion budget released earlier this week calls for deep cuts to a grant program that is a critical lifeline for Twin Cities

Trump budget nixes key funding for local light-rail, bus projects

But transit planners say Congress crafts the budget, and much can change.
The Mall of America Transit Station ahead of the Super Bowl earlier this month.

Bids come in too high for Mall of America LRT station overhaul

The Met Council will look for ways to cut construction costs, and then call for new bids next month.
Alene Tchourumoff of the Metropolitan Council said in a statement that BNSF’s stand is “another step in the negotiating process" over the Blue Lin

Blue Line extension talks stall between Met Council, BNSF

Agreement needed for the proposed LRT line to move forward.
Back-up at a toll plaza in Florida.

MnDOT study mulls tolls as a possible funding fix for roads

Minnesota has relied partly on gas tax revenue for highway upkeep, but that financial kitty has been shrinking. Lawmakers point out the MnDOT analysis doesn't necessarily mean tollbooths are on the horizon.
Air traffic controllers working at the tower Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will oversee a record number of travelers flying into the Twin

Private planes, drones will be restricted over Twin Cities during Super Bowl

Private aircraft, drones to be barred from flying over U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday
In this Jan. 18, 2018 photo, U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the upcoming Super Bowl, is seen through the protective concrete and chain link fence, part of

Security deployed at Super Bowl is largest in Minnesota history

It's an enormously complex effort involving hundreds of officers from 60 police departments across the state, 40 federal agencies, the Guard and more.
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

Southwest light-rail project faces questions from lawmakers

Commission was created to oversee regional planning body.
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

Two lawmakers from Minneapolis call for SWLRT vibrations study

Probe would look at how LRT would affect condo complex.
Nice Ride bikes lined up at a station in downtown Minneapolis on June 9, 2011.

St. Paul, Minneapolis aren't in tandem when it comes to dockless bikes

St. Paul won't be part of a proposal being rolled out in Minneapolis.
A 2017 presentation to the Washington County Board on the proposed Gold Line busway compared the number of riders who can travel on a single bus with

Gold Line bus rapid transit wins critical federal approval

Dedicated busway along I-94 to Woodbury would be a first in Minnesota.
Bill Dossett, executive director of Nice Ride Minnesota. Now that Nice Ride bikes are a ubiquitous part of the urban landscape, the non-profit running

Nice Ride chooses firm to transition to dockless bike sharing

New York firm picked to launch network in Twin Cities this summer.

Twin Cities suburbs rally for Bottineau Blue Line light-rail project

Benefits of 13-mile project linking Brooklyn Park, Minneapolis and more touted.
Sen. Scott Newman shown at a news conference in 2012.

High-speed rail study shut down by two GOP lawmakers

They said an environmental study exploring the route from the Twin Cities to Milwaukee was a waste of taxpayer dollars.
The local non-profit, Loaves and Fishes has partnered with the MSP Airport and concessionaire HMS Host to donate ready-to-eat meals not purchased at t

MSP Airport grab-and-go meals distributed to homeless

Mpls. nonprofit, airport restaurants join forces to feed many.
A Frontier Airlines baggage handler worked to unload luggage from an inbound jet from Denver, which arrived after 1 a.m. Friday.

MSP Airport works around clock to prepare for holiday travel rush

Experts expect air travel to increase 3.5 percent this year. Friday was the busiest day for passengers clearing security, according to airport officials.
Bud Armstrong was at home in the kitchen, whether he was cooking or sharing stories and wine with friends and family.

Longtime Star Tribune sports editor enjoyed food, wine, good company

It takes a special kind of person to work on a newspaper's night desk — an audacious sort who doesn't fear crushing deadlines and punishing…
A mile-long swath of freight right of way west of Target field is "historic." It is now home to a city gravel operation, and runs along the Cedar Lake

Met Council overhauls SWLRT bid package — delaying construction again

Addition of crash wall is among reasons the line's debut now set for 2023.
Passengers waited in line to go through the new north security checkpoint at Terminal 1 of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Feb. 26, 2016

Minnesota legislators seek information on airport power outage plans

After Atlanta crisis, Minnesota legislators ask about disaster plans.
The Riverview Corridor streetcar will look a lot like the Kansas City streetcar.

Committee recommends 'modern' streetcar line for West 7th Street

Project will span 11.7 miles connecting downtown St. Paul to MSP Airport, MOA.
MnDOT is held a press event at the research center in Monticello, Minn. to introduce its autonomous bus they have been testing in harsher Minnesota co

MnDOT tests driverless shuttle bus

MnDOT puts driverless shuttle through its paces ahead of Nicollet Mall demonstration.
A mile-long swath of freight right of way west of Target field is "historic." It is now home to a city gravel operation, and runs along the Cedar Lake

Decision barring Southwest LRT contractors questioned

To stem possible conflicts of interest, the Metropolitan Council banned the firms from working on the construction stage because they had worked on its earlier design and engineering phases. Groups call ban 'arbitrary' and 'misguided.'
The St. Paul Downtown Airport in St. Paul.

New restaurant to open at St. Paul airport in time for Super Bowl

Airport is state's fourth-busiest, popular with private, corporate travelers.
A mile-long swath of freight right of way west of Target field is “historic.” It is now home to a city gravel operation, and runs along the Cedar

SWLRT route cuts through historic path, complicating its future

Southwest light-rail project prompts review of Minneapolis industrial area.
Southwest LRT officials toured the area where a 10-foot wall is proposed. Here, Brian Runzel, SWLRT Construction Director, walked under the I-394 Brid

Feds require new study for Southwest light-rail crash wall

The Federal Transit Administration is requiring an additional environmental study of a crash-protection wall that is planned along the proposed Southwest light-rail line. It is unclear whether the study will further delay the embattled $1.9 billion transit project.
Met Council member Gary Cunningham

Met Council member questions exclusive LRT use by Super Bowl ticket holders

Met Council's Gary Cunningham says "game-day pass" idea not properly vetted.
The METRO Blue Line

Twin Cities jobs available by transit declines

Hiring in suburbs leaves Twin Cities behind peers in jobs available by transit.

Public weighs in on streetcar proposal from St. Paul to MSP Airport

Idea delights some and worries some others.
Southwest LRT officials led a tour in September of the area where a 10-foot wall is proposed. Here, Brian Runzel, SWLRT construction director, walked

Wall between freight, Southwest light-rail lines would affect historic district, feds say

Southwest planners must prepare mitigation plan.
Passengers boarded the the light-rail train at the U.S. Bank Stadium stop this summer. About 2,500 unionized Metro Transit workers, including bus driv

Metro Transit workers to vote this weekend on whether to strike around Super Bowl

Union has concerns about work rules, security and outsourcing. Met Council confident deal will get done.
A LimeBike dockless bike. A solar panel in the basket powers the lock. Lime Bike is vying for TC bike-share market.

Two finalists vie to bring dockless biking to Twin Cities

Nice Ride will pick finalist in coming weeks; riders will see transition from bike stations.
Bill Dossett, executive director of nonprofit Nice Ride Minnesota, calls the dockless business model “bike-sharing 2.0.”

Dockless bike sharing: Coming soon to the Twin Cities

Pioneering nonprofit wants to replace ubiquitous green bicycles
Officials toured last month the area around where the Southwest light-rail line's Bryn Mawr Station Area is planned in Minneapolis. Controversy contin

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.
Worn areas of the gray carpet in both terminals at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will be replaced in time for the Super Bowl.

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

No one expects the outrage that ensued when Portland replaced its carpeting.
Brooklyn Park family Dave and Gracia Kitelinger, cq, and their children Greta, 14, and Nolan, 11, reacted as they watched local award-winning baker Ka

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.
Jordan and Crystal Frank-Shannon and their daughter Ivy posed outside their business on W. 7th Street in St. Paul. They are concerned the construction

Advisory committee recommends streetcar for W. 7th Street transit

Riverview line would connect downtown St. Paul with MSP Airport, MOA.
An analysis of the Metropolitan Council’s books found “inconsistencies” between gloomy budget assumptions provided to state lawmakers and those

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.
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

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.
Southwest LRT officials will lead a tour of the area where a 10-foot wall is proposed. Here, Brian Runzel, SWLRT Construction Director, walks under th

Public to be asked about controversial Southwest light-rail wall

Program seeks to allay fears about proposed crash wall.
In this Nov. 27, 2007 file photo, the Minneapolis skyline rises in the distance as an Airbus A380 taxies at Minneapolis-St. Paul International 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.
The final meeting Wednesday of the Counties Transit Improvement Board was congratulatory — even tearful.

Regional transit board holds final meeting

CTIB raised nearly $1 billion for metro-area transit.
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