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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.
Frivolous is one of the many new shops at the airport.

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.
A little girl hitched a ride on a rolling suitcase Friday morning at Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport Terminal 1.

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

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.
Luggage is now externally photographed in new larger bins with radar chips at the South TSA checkpoint at Terminal 1 at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Inter

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

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

Contractors disappointed with Met Council plan to rebid Southwest light rail

Council says construction bids were too high; all could be rejected.
Alene Tchourumoff speaks after being sworn in as the new head of the Metropolitan Council on Monday.

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

New Met Council leader recommends rejecting four bids as too high.
A plane flew over the Lake Harriet Band Shell in an area of Minneapolis increasingly affected by jet noise.

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.
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon. Lawmakers and some Minneapolis residents continue to raise questi

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

Construction bids submitted for Southwest light rail, but challenges remain

Move is a "milestone" but bids now face scrutiny from Met Council staff.
A rendering of the Southwest Light Rail train passing through the Kenilworth Lagoon.

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.
A rendering of the Southwest light-rail train shown passing over the Kenilworth Lagoon.

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

The mall stop was deferred two years ago due to budget cuts.
Cab driver Komlan Akakpo shows the Square smartphone device he uses in his cab at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

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.
The scene inside the Minnesota Drivers and Vehicle Services office in Sears in St. Paul on July 6. The statewide rollout this week of a new computer s

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

Some vehicle owners are reporting long waits for their tabs, titles and plates.
Passengers rode the No. 6 bus in 2014. Metro Transit bus and train riders will pay more come October.

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.
The proposed 25-cent Metro Transit fare increase would affect local and express buses, as well as Northstar commuter rail service.

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.
Bridge construction crew worked on replacing the Eisenhower Bridge, Thursday, July 20, 2017 on the Wisconsin side across from Red Wing, MN. The bridge

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.
In this photo taken from video, a Metro Transit police officer asked a Blue Line light-rail passenger for his immigration status, leading another pass

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.
Ella Rasp, Rachel Auerbach and Kyle Flanegin took a doughnut break in a plaza with a mural in downtown Robbinsdale on Friday. The pace of progress on

Light-rail supporters impatient for Bottineau Line

Frustration being aired about lack of movement in line's key negotiations.
Traffic jammed near the Walker Art Museum as construction crew worked on the interstate leading into the Lowry Hill tunnel, Monday, June 26, 2017 in d

Convergence of construction projects clobbers metro commuters

Lowry Tunnel work added another headache to commuters already facing a partial light-rail shutdown, other headaches.
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