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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.
Program teaches kids biking's rules of the road

Program teaches kids biking's rules of the road

I grew up in a small town and always walked or rode my bike to school. I don’t recall taking the bus until I was…
Red Line bus service, linking MOA to suburbs, to get $15M tune-up

Red Line bus service, linking MOA to suburbs, to get $15M tune-up

The nearly three-year-old Red Line, the Twin Cities' first bus-rapid transit line that links the Mall of America to the southern suburbs, is about to get a much-needed tuneup.
TSA official says he was ordered to profile Somali-Americans

TSA official says he was ordered to profile Somali-Americans

Assistant federal security director said he was pressured by his supervisor, and Rep. Keith Ellison seeks an investigation.
Obituary: 3M scientist Carl A. Dahlquist helped put the stick in tape

Obituary: 3M scientist Carl A. Dahlquist helped put the stick in tape

Sure, Carl A. Dahlquist was a pioneer in adhesive research and a member of 3M’s prestigious Carlton Society, which has recognized the Maplewood-based company’s most-distinguished…

Franken: Federal funds for Southwest LRT are at risk if state doesn't act

Senator says nearly $900 million in federal dollars will go away if the state does not fund its share of the project.
Narrower roads, distracted drivers shrink roadworkers' margin of error

Narrower roads, distracted drivers shrink roadworkers' margin of error

MnDOT warns motorists to be alert during construction season.
MAC hires Minnesota native to lead commission

MAC hires Minnesota native to lead commission

Brian Ryks moves up from his position at the Grand Rapids, Mich., airport.
Southwest light rail needs Legislature to act ahead of critical deadline

Southwest light rail needs Legislature to act ahead of critical deadline

Project at risk if the Legislature won't agree to provide $135M to add to federal funds.
Americans haven't eased up much on the gas pedal

Americans haven't eased up much on the gas pedal

Our long-standing love affair with the automobile was renewed in 2015, challenging the notion that millennials and baby boomers are embracing public transit, bikes and car-sharing.
Activists push for Northstar to be extended all the way to St. Cloud

Activists push for Northstar to be extended all the way to St. Cloud

A group of residents and transit activists from the St. Cloud area rolled into Target Field station on the Northstar commuter rail Thursday morning with plans to lobby state legislators to extend the train all the way to St. Cloud.

Bottineau Blue Line LRT clears important hurdle

Cities along the line granted consent to move forward.

MAC chooses Michigan airport chief for top job

Brian Ryks is poised to succeed longtime chief Jeff Hamiel, who's retiring.
Met Council to pay MPR $3.5M to settle LRT vibrations issue

Met Council to pay MPR $3.5M to settle LRT vibrations issue

The settlement will help MPR address the impact of the light-rail line on its own, an effort that could involve replacing equipment, further sound and vibration mitigation and finding alternate studio locations, MPR said.

Minn. plans review of all vanity plates after slip-up over offensive one

The move follows a controversy over a plate that offended many with a reference to Muslims.
Downtown East light-rail station to be renamed U.S. Bank Stadium Station

Downtown East light-rail station to be renamed U.S. Bank Stadium Station

Change dovetails with Met Council's "major landmark" naming policy.
Car2Go begins service at MSP Airport

Car2Go begins service at MSP Airport

Car-sharing service's users can drop off, get vehicles at MSP for an extra $7.50.
Met Council chairman calls for more collaboration with cities, counties

Met Council chairman calls for more collaboration with cities, counties

Adam Duininck's State of the Region address was a nod to tensions with some suburbs.
Snelling bus rapid transit prepares for departure

Snelling bus rapid transit prepares for departure

Fewer stops and light-rail-like features will speed up trips, Metro Transit officials say.

Transit planners finalize SWLRT station names

  What’s in a name? For transit stations, quite a bit. The Metropolitan Council says the name of a transit station should reflect local geography,…
MSP's new TSA checkpoint aims to be roomier, more efficient

MSP's new TSA checkpoint aims to be roomier, more efficient

The new 10-lane checkpoint soon to open in Terminal 1 offers more room with the hopes of reducing security snarls.
Obituary: Dr. Amy Doran Keppel, 63, succeeded in medicine and in life

Obituary: Dr. Amy Doran Keppel, 63, succeeded in medicine and in life

Friends and family are hard-pressed to say what Dr. Amy Doran Keppel didn’t do well — whether it was her career as a physician, impressive…

Met Council objects to court ruling in SWLRT legal battle

Council spokeswoman says rail opponents are engaging in a "fishing expedition."
More riders than ever for light rail in 2015, but fewer taking bus

More riders than ever for light rail in 2015, but fewer taking bus

Ridership totals from 2015 show use of the Blue Line was up more than 11 percent.

Hearing draws support, concern about $1.5 billion Bottineau light-rail project

Next up are votes by cities along the proposed $1.5B Blue Line extension to northern suburbs.
MSP Airport plans multimillion overhaul of its restrooms

MSP Airport plans multimillion overhaul of its restrooms

Air passengers everywhere are tired of cramped, dirty and smelly airport bathrooms, to hear travel experts tell it. So the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is…
As airport ponders ride sharing services Uber and Lyft, cabbies cry foul

As airport ponders ride sharing services Uber and Lyft, cabbies cry foul

Panel listens to debate over opening airport to new options.
SW light rail foes seek Met Council records to bolster court fight

SW light rail foes seek Met Council records to bolster court fight

The simmering legal battle over the $1.77 billion Southwest light-rail line has bubbled back into public view as opponents seek information on how the state's most expensive transit project has been carried out so far.
New MnPass lanes on I-35E in St. Paul to charge fees starting Monday

New MnPass lanes on I-35E in St. Paul to charge fees starting Monday

First HOT lanes in the east metro will start collecting fees Monday during rush hours.
TSA may decline requests for physical pat-downs instead of body scanning at airports

TSA may decline requests for physical pat-downs instead of body scanning at airports

  We’re in the throes of a busy holiday travel season, yet most travelers are probably unaware of new regulations involving airport body scanners. The…
Recent fatal crashes raise concern about light-rail safety in Twin Cities

Recent fatal crashes raise concern about light-rail safety in Twin Cities

Metro Transit will review procedures and signals after crashes this month that killed two and injured three.
Cheap gas has people on the road, in the air for holidays

Cheap gas has people on the road, in the air for holidays

The price of gas is a significant economic indicator because more than 90 percent of travelers plan to drive to their holiday destinations. Air travel is expected to rise from last year, too.
Study: Minorities likelier to be cited for LRT fare evasion

Study: Minorities likelier to be cited for LRT fare evasion

Data from 2014 and this year indicates that Native Americans are 152 percent more likely and African-American adults are 26 percent more likely to be cited for first-time fare evasion than their white counterparts.

Metro transit board approves $77 million in grants for high-profile projects

Projects range from Blue Line light rail extension to Red Rock corridor.
Relax at the airport? A new lounge awaits at MSP

Relax at the airport? A new lounge awaits at MSP

For a fee, you can now escape the hustle and bustle of travel for 3 hours at Terminal 1.
New Flyer bus maker in St. Cloud, Crookston keeps U.S. transit system rolling

New Flyer bus maker in St. Cloud, Crookston keeps U.S. transit system rolling

New Flyer factory keeps U.S. transit system rolling.
Plans to upgrade MOA transit station fall short financially

Plans to upgrade MOA transit station fall short financially

One Met Council member asked last month whether the Mall of America's owner could pitch in financially. MOA officials disagreed.
MSP airport workers seeking higher pay start 24-hour fast

MSP airport workers seeking higher pay start 24-hour fast

It is part of campaign to win $15 an hour and better benefits.
Met Council approves pedestrian bridge to Vikings stadium

Met Council approves pedestrian bridge to Vikings stadium

The $9.65 million bridge upsets some on the Met Council.

Another Metro Mobility driver fired for sex encounter

A second Metro Mobility bus driver was fired for a sexual encounter with a developmentally disabled passenger.
Explosives-sniffing dog joins TSA at MSP in time for holidays

Explosives-sniffing dog joins TSA at MSP in time for holidays

The latest tool being deployed at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in the war on terror has four legs, a sleek black coat and a…
Cost of pedestrian bridge near Vikings stadium surges to $9.65 million

Cost of pedestrian bridge near Vikings stadium surges to $9.65 million

Metro Transit says bridge is needed to ensure safe passage for Viking stadium-goers.

Price tag hike of almost $500M for northern suburbs light rail

The cost estimate for the next light-rail transit project in the Twin Cities, linking Minneapolis to the northern suburbs, now stands at $1.48 billion.
More car-sharing options may be offered at MSP

More car-sharing options may be offered at MSP

A pilot project with Car2Go, Zipcar and Hourcar awaits OK.

Metro Mobility provider sued for alleged wage theft

Drivers claim they are not paid for work performed before and after shifts.

Met Council, Metro Transit invest in solar power at wastewater plants, bus garages, maintenance facilities

Metropolitan Council honchos and others on Tuesday will tour the new solar energy “farm” at Shakopee’s Blue Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant — the largest project…

Eagan man's suit says DARTS fired him for highlighting bus safety problems

Whistleblower says he was fired after telling Met Council about bus safety problems.
Park Nicollet's clinic for women, built by women in St. Louis Park

Park Nicollet's clinic for women, built by women in St. Louis Park

Park Nicollet's new Women's Center consolidates women's specialties under one roof in St. Louis Park.
Minneapolis City Council gives OK for Southwest light rail — again

Minneapolis City Council gives OK for Southwest light rail — again

On Friday, Minneapolis became the last city along the Southwest light-rail line to approve (again) the transit project's route, essentially putting the project back on track after months of reworking. The City Council voted 10-3 to approve the scaled-back plan for the $1.77 billion line.
Bus rapid transit projects move forward in the Twin Cities

Bus rapid transit projects move forward in the Twin Cities

About a dozen BRT projects are in the works for the Twin Cities, with Orange Line between Burnsville and Minneapolis set for 2019 debut.
Metropolitan Airports Commission leader Jeff Hamiel set to retire next spring

Metropolitan Airports Commission leader Jeff Hamiel set to retire next spring

Salary could prove a challenge to finding a new Metropolitan Airports Commission leader.
Minnetonka, Eden Prairie and Hopkins approve scaled-back SWLRT plans

Minnetonka, Eden Prairie and Hopkins approve scaled-back SWLRT plans

The scaled-down plans move through second approvals.
Transit officials quietly planning fourth Twin Cities light-rail line

Transit officials quietly planning fourth Twin Cities light-rail line

Extension of Blue Line faces familiar obstacles as the controversial Southwest LRT.
Obituary: Jack Dietrich, Wayzata children's clothier, arts patron

Obituary: Jack Dietrich, Wayzata children's clothier, arts patron

When the Foshay Tower in downtown Minneapolis was re-christened the W Minneapolis Hotel in 2008, John C. "Jack" Dietrich was on hand to celebrate, wearing…

U of M study looks a gender differences in commuting times

Research by University of Minnesota associate professor Yingling Fan has confirmed what many parents already know: Women spend more time running errands than men. But…
Southwest light-rail project planning continues, despite delays, uncertainties

Southwest light-rail project planning continues, despite delays, uncertainties

Lawsuits, financial concerns, municipal approvals still remain for the $1.77 billion project.
Twin Cities 'run-commuters' leave the rat race in their dust

Twin Cities 'run-commuters' leave the rat race in their dust

A nascent but fervent few workers are run-commuting in the Twin Cities and beyond. No car, transit pass or bicycle is necessary — just a well-hewn pair of running shoes and a plan for cleanup upon arrival on the job.
Yelp reviews of federal services say little about MSP airport so far

Yelp reviews of federal services say little about MSP airport so far

Last week, the online review website Yelp announced that its users may now officially review various federal government departments and services. That includes national parks,…
MSP Chick-fil-A's day of rest draws grumbles from some

MSP Chick-fil-A's day of rest draws grumbles from some

Usually, retailers and restaurant operators must stay open 365 days a year to win a coveted airport spot. But there is one big exception
New restaurants, luggage and lingerie shops coming to MSP

New restaurants, luggage and lingerie shops coming to MSP

Craft beer, a live music venue, and ethnic and food-truck fare are among the more than 50 proposals the airports commission is considering for MSP.

Weekend traffic: Snelling Av. bridge opens tonight; Hwy. 100 closes

Bridge is part of a $13.2 million overhaul of busy Midway area.
Twin Cities taxi companies take on Uber, Lyft ride-sharing

Twin Cities taxi companies take on Uber, Lyft ride-sharing

Cab companies are expanding technology to help level the playing field with Uber and Lyft.
Southwest light-rail costs increase $30M to help get federal funds

Southwest light-rail costs increase $30M to help get federal funds

The increase reflects a recent transfer of land worth $30 million by the Hennepin County Railroad Authority. Half of that amount is expected to be matched by the Federal Transit Administration.
Judge declines to halt SW light rail, criticizes Met Council

Judge declines to halt SW light rail, criticizes Met Council

Though the judge rejected a request to immediately stop the project, he rapped the Met Council for its "significant drumbeat of support" for its preferred route.
Craft beer, foodie fare among options for MSP airport enhancements

Craft beer, foodie fare among options for MSP airport enhancements

Live music, food-truck fare, wine bars and craft beer are the kind of hipster sustenance, shops and amenities being considered by the Metropolitan Airports Commission to remake parts of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Financing tool for Southwest light-rail project questioned by GOP legislator

Financing tool for Southwest light-rail project questioned by GOP legislator

The obscure financial tool would provide bridge financing to aid in rail line's cash-flow problems.

Metropolitan Airports Commission leader Jeff Hamiel gets a raise

Even with his pay raise, to $200,095, he's still second from the bottom — Las Vegas is last.
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