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Janet Moore

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Janet Moore covers transportation issues.
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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.
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.
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