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Janet Moore

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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.
Transit deja vu: Another round of public hearings for Southwest light rail

Transit deja vu: Another round of public hearings for Southwest light rail

Just when it seemed like a retooled Southwest light-rail line was back on track, the Metropolitan Council opted Wednesday to order a new round of public hearings that will stretch into October.
Met Council approves light rail's new $1.74B budget

Met Council approves light rail's new $1.74B budget

Met Council approves the line’s new $1.74B budget.
Met Council approves Vikings stadium pedestrian bridge

Met Council approves Vikings stadium pedestrian bridge

The team will pay for half of the construction cost.
Hennepin County approves more funds for Southwest light rail

Hennepin County approves more funds for Southwest light rail

It’s the first public body to give Southwest project extra boost.
Vikings offer to pay half of costs for new pedestrian bridge

Vikings offer to pay half of costs for new pedestrian bridge

The Met Council will vote on a proposal that caps team’s share of pedestrian bridge at $3.5M.
Southwest light-rail advisory board lays out cuts to save line

Southwest light-rail advisory board lays out cuts to save line

Members of a Southwest light-rail line advisory board voted Wednesday to recommend ending the transit project at Southwest station in Eden Prairie, cutting about $250 million from the project’s bottom line.
Beyond cost cuts, Southwest light rail faces new barriers

Beyond cost cuts, Southwest light rail faces new barriers

State funding for the light-rail line linking downtown Minneapolis and the southwest suburbs is still unclear.
Eden Prairie to bear brunt of cuts to Southwest light rail

Eden Prairie to bear brunt of cuts to Southwest light rail

After various ways to trim $341 million from the Southwest light-rail project’s burgeoning budget were bandied about Wednesday, an advisory committee appears to be leaning toward a solution that hits Eden Prairie the hardest.

MSP expansion, minimum wage hike to $10 get a nod

Commissioners downplay Sun Country shutdown threat.

Downtown Minneapolis: A new east side

Details from the Ryan Companies proposal for a $400 million redevelopment near new Vikings stadium.
Met Council closer to footing bill for pedestrian bridge near Vikings stadium

Met Council closer to footing bill for pedestrian bridge near Vikings stadium

Money would pay for $6M pedestrian walkway, but Vikings asked to contribute.

Minnesotans enjoying low gas prices – on crumbly roads, bridges

Lawmakers can’t reach a deal to fund repairs, and taxpayers seem happy to keep paying less.
$500 million in cuts proposed for Southwest light-rail line

$500 million in cuts proposed for Southwest light-rail line

Several stations could be in jeopardy through effort to pare project’s $2 billion price tag.

Minnesota lawmakers stick with status-quo on transportation bill

Gov. Dayton calls the bill “very, very disappointing.”

Airport commission tackles labor issues: Sun Country dispute, minimum wage

Sun Country pilot dispute fueled the decision by he MAC.
Transit board urges restraint in Southwest light-rail price tag

Transit board urges restraint in Southwest light-rail price tag

Members of a transit board that is a key funder of the project say the board should not contribute more than the $496 million it had already promised.
Public funds for $6M transit bridge near Vikings stadium draw fire

Public funds for $6M transit bridge near Vikings stadium draw fire

Its $6 million cost pales in comparison to the $1 billion Minnesota Vikings stadium nearby, but a publicly financed pedestrian bridge at the Downtown East light-rail station is provoking protest from critics, who say the team should foot the bill.
Met Council chair shrugs off critics, looks forward

Met Council chair shrugs off critics, looks forward

Fate of Southwest light-rail line in hands of young, eclectic fan of Dutch transit ideas.
April 27: New $2B price tag puts Southwest light rail at risk

April 27: New $2B price tag puts Southwest light rail at risk

The additional $341 million in costs are tied to poor ground conditions and soil contamination in St. Louis Park and Hopkins.
Light-rail fare dodgers outrage lawmakers

Light-rail fare dodgers outrage lawmakers

Last Monday, a widely reported account of fare dodgers on the metro’s light-rail lines surfaced during a Minnesota House Transportation Policy and Finance committee meeting.…
Minnesota House passes $7B transportation bill

Minnesota House passes $7B transportation bill

73-59 vote follows lengthy, fractious debate.
Obituary: Rodney Burwell, serial entrepreneur

Obituary: Rodney Burwell, serial entrepreneur

The term “serial entrepreneur” was probably invented to describe Rodney Palmer Burwell. The Orono resident and Minnesota Business Hall of Fame recipient founded and was…

Minnesota DNR upgrades aircraft to combat wildfires

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has upgraded its fleet of firefighting aircraft — and not a moment too soon. More than 91 percent of…
Light-rail fare dodgers could cost $1.5M, Met Council audit says

Light-rail fare dodgers could cost $1.5M, Met Council audit says

Green Line sees more fare dodgers than older Blue Line, says a report to be discussed Wednesday.
April 30, 2014: Andersen plans $18 million expansion in Bayport

April 30, 2014: Andersen plans $18 million expansion in Bayport

The expansion will add 100 jobs and involves improving an existing building at the company’s sprawling 3-million-square-foot complex, parts of which date back a century, and purchasing new machinery.

MnDOT names first 'Scholar-in-Residence'

University of Minnesota Prof. Greg Lindsey has been named the first “Scholar in Residence” at the Minnesota Department of Transportation. This may strike some —…
Dayton unveils 600 road and bridge projects

Dayton unveils 600 road and bridge projects

Republicans object to tax and fee hikes, suggest using budget surplus and cutting spending instead.
Dayton puts minimum wage cart driver on the MAC

Dayton puts minimum wage cart driver on the MAC

Ibrahim Mohamed has worked at MSP for the past 11 years. At one time, he drove a truck while assigned to empty the toilets and refill the water systems on airliners.
Cost soars for Minn. driver registration, licensing upgrade

Cost soars for Minn. driver registration, licensing upgrade

An ambitious effort to modernize Minnesota’s driver’s license and vehicle registration system has taken years and cost nearly $37 million, but the state has little to show for it so far. By 2018, when it's expected to be completed, the price tag could be as much as $93 million.
App developed at U alerts teens, parents to risky driving

App developed at U alerts teens, parents to risky driving

The Teen Driver Support System smartphone app was developed after nearly 10 years of work. The U is now exploring whether the app can be commercialized.
Dayton's roads plan has hikes in gas tax, metro sales tax

Dayton's roads plan has hikes in gas tax, metro sales tax

The proposal would likely mean Minnesotans would pay more at the pump, plus see a half-cent metro-area sales tax. Dayton also wants a metro sales-tax increase for mass transit upgrades.
DFL unveils $800 million fix for roads and bridges

DFL unveils $800 million fix for roads and bridges

Call for new wholesale gas tax and higher license fees mirrors Gov. Dayton’s transportation plan.
Dayton: Challenges could delay Southwest light rail

Dayton: Challenges could delay Southwest light rail

State still on the hook for $121 million for the project.
Broken bridges, ruined roads: All agree something must be done

Broken bridges, ruined roads: All agree something must be done

A multibillion-dollar fix is needed for state's highway system, one of country's most run down.
Officials put price tag at $280M to upgrade safety of oil train routes

Officials put price tag at $280M to upgrade safety of oil train routes

The report, ordered by the Minnesota Legislature, identified the 100 highest-risk intersections when oil trains pose a risk because tracks cross roads and highways.

Transportation beat: Air passengers forget to remove loaded guns from bags

  Even with heightened security these days, it’s a tad surprising that travelers still bring loaded guns to airports in their carry-on bags. Every week,…

Motorist killed in head-on crash in North Branch

A motorist was killed in a head-on collision in North Branch on Saturday evening, according to the State Patrol.The accident occurred on Hwy. 95 and…
Obituary: Peter Lupori, artist and teacher

Obituary: Peter Lupori, artist and teacher

Peter Lupori was a respected artist and beloved professor at St. Catherine University whose passion for art influenced and delighted generations in the Twin Cities…

MSP airport workers get paid sick time in approved policy

Decision affects more than 2,000 people who are employed by firms at Minneapolis-St. Paul International.
Transit sleuths track 'hide-and-riders' along Green Line

Transit sleuths track 'hide-and-riders' along Green Line

Cities often end up posting restrictions to discourage hide-and-riders from taking up parking spots on residential streets to ride the light rail. But while there are free park-and-ride lots along the Blue Line, no such lots exist along the Green Line
Preliminary Southwest LRT station designs released

Preliminary Southwest LRT station designs released

Metro Transit is releasing basic plans for suburban light-rail stations; proposals to be fine-tuned in 2015.
Millennials driving their way to becoming multimodal generation

Millennials driving their way to becoming multimodal generation

Economics push young adults to expand their transportation menu beyond the automobile and to bikes, buses and trains.
Kenilworth light-rail bridge designs released

Kenilworth light-rail bridge designs released

Public input on channel bridge will be sought in 2015.
Met Council chairwoman quits, wants 'just to have one job'

Met Council chairwoman quits, wants 'just to have one job'

Metropolitan Council Chairwoman Susan Haigh announced her resignation Wednesday, saying it has proved too time-consuming to juggle the demands of her work for the regional…

Ex-managers sue nonprofit transit provider, say they were pushed out

They allege they were forced out for challenging operations.

MnDOT urges caution after truckers hit seven bridges

Call for caution comes after trucks hit seven bridges in past month.

MSP airport workers seek $15-an-hour minimum wage

Workers present case to Metropolitan Airports Commission.
All aboard? Union Depot still working to attract shops, eateries

All aboard? Union Depot still working to attract shops, eateries

As planned, Union Depot has attracted most all modes of transport since reopening in 2012 after a $243 million renovation. What appears to be missing — at least for now — is a robust offering of retail shops and restaurants, so common at other historic train stations across the country.

Top DARTS official fined for false records before joining nonprofit

Met Council says it based $13.7 million decision on audit showing agency falsified records, not on official’s problems with SEC.

22 flights canceled at MSP, others delayed

A fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control facility caused 22 flights from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to be canceled Friday morning.
TSA head applauds expedited airport screening

TSA head applauds expedited airport screening

Security lines ease as nearly half of U.S. travelers enter PreCheck program.

Met Council committee terminates bus contract with West St. Paul nonprofit

DARTS contracts canceled as audit finds falsified records and inadequate bus maintenance.
Living next to the mall: Low on view, high on convenience

Living next to the mall: Low on view, high on convenience

The views aren’t picturesque, but convenience has its own appeal for the first people moving into homes in the parking lots of shopping centers.
Group files lawsuit to stop Southwest light-rail line

Group files lawsuit to stop Southwest light-rail line

A Minneapolis group says the impact on the Kenilworth corridor needs more study.
Shovels are turning for Twin Cities industrial projects

Shovels are turning for Twin Cities industrial projects

With jobs growing, warehouses and factories with offices are sprouting in the metro area.
Feb. 11, 2012: Marketing a unique parcel: St. Paul's Ford plant

Feb. 11, 2012: Marketing a unique parcel: St. Paul's Ford plant

The broker for the former Ford plant site in St. Paul expects it to draw interest from local and national developers.
Plan calls for 360 apartments above Downtown East parking ramp

Plan calls for 360 apartments above Downtown East parking ramp

Development plans for space above a parking ramp in the $400 million Downtown East project have changed again — and now call for about 360…

Thomson Reuters to outsource IT services; move could affect Eagan workforce

Thomson Reuters Corp. said Thursday that it plans to hire a technology services company to manage many of its information technology services, a move that…
Obituary: Michael Andrews, colorful restaurateur behind Loon Cafe, J.D. Hoyt's, dies at 72

Obituary: Michael Andrews, colorful restaurateur behind Loon Cafe, J.D. Hoyt's, dies at 72

Just about everyone says Michael “Mikey” Andrews could light up a room with his legendary sense of humor. The colorful Twin Cities restaurateur, known for…
New $8.7 million pedestrian bridge in the works for Vikings stadium

New $8.7 million pedestrian bridge in the works for Vikings stadium

Plans for the stadium plaza feature a pedestrian bridge over the light-rail line.
Fair's Transit Hub encourages the masses to take the bus

Fair's Transit Hub encourages the masses to take the bus

The Green Line light-rail service also is expected to lure more fairgoers out of cars this year.
Ryan's Collins leaves Downtown East for the Arizona sun

Ryan's Collins leaves Downtown East for the Arizona sun

Ryan Cos.’ Rick Collins, known for tackling complex projects in the Twin Cities, is taking a position in Phoenix.

HealthPartners proposes St. Paul expansion with neuroscience center

HealthPartners has proposed a new neuroscience center for St. Paul, expanding its footprint on the city’s east side. While the Bloomington-based health care organization declined…
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