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Janet Moore

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Janet Moore covers transportation issues.
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Souped-up bus lines are getting a green light in Twin Cities

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

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

But transit planners say Congress crafts the budget, and much can change.
Bids come in too high for Mall of America LRT station overhaul

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.
Blue Line extension talks stall between Met Council, BNSF

Blue Line extension talks stall between Met Council, BNSF

Agreement needed for the proposed LRT line to move forward.
MnDOT study mulls tolls as a possible funding fix for roads

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

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
Security deployed at Super Bowl is largest in Minnesota history

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.
Southwest light-rail project faces questions from lawmakers

Southwest light-rail project faces questions from lawmakers

Commission was created to oversee regional planning body.
Two lawmakers from Minneapolis call for SWLRT vibrations study

Two lawmakers from Minneapolis call for SWLRT vibrations study

Probe would look at how LRT would affect condo complex.
St. Paul, Minneapolis aren't in tandem when it comes to dockless bikes

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.
Gold Line bus rapid transit wins critical federal approval

Gold Line bus rapid transit wins critical federal approval

Dedicated busway along I-94 to Woodbury would be a first in Minnesota.
Nice Ride chooses firm to transition to dockless bike sharing

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.
High-speed rail study shut down by two GOP lawmakers

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.
MSP Airport grab-and-go meals distributed to homeless

MSP Airport grab-and-go meals distributed to homeless

Mpls. nonprofit, airport restaurants join forces to feed many.
MSP Airport works around clock to prepare for holiday travel rush

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

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…
Met Council overhauls SWLRT bid package — delaying construction again

Met Council overhauls SWLRT bid package — delaying construction again

Addition of crash wall is among reasons the line's debut now set for 2023.
Minnesota legislators seek information on airport power outage plans

Minnesota legislators seek information on airport power outage plans

After Atlanta crisis, Minnesota legislators ask about disaster plans.
Committee recommends 'modern' streetcar line for West 7th Street

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

Project will span 11.7 miles connecting downtown St. Paul to MSP Airport, MOA.
MnDOT tests driverless shuttle bus

MnDOT tests driverless shuttle bus

MnDOT puts driverless shuttle through its paces ahead of Nicollet Mall demonstration.
Decision barring Southwest LRT contractors questioned

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

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

Airport is state's fourth-busiest, popular with private, corporate travelers.
SWLRT route cuts through historic path, complicating its future

SWLRT route cuts through historic path, complicating its future

Southwest light-rail project prompts review of Minneapolis industrial area.
Feds require new study for Southwest light-rail crash wall

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 questions exclusive LRT use by Super Bowl ticket holders

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.
Twin Cities jobs available by transit declines

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

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

Southwest planners must prepare mitigation plan.
Metro Transit workers to vote this weekend on whether to strike around Super Bowl

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.
Two finalists vie to bring dockless biking to Twin Cities

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.
Dockless bike sharing: Coming soon to the Twin Cities

Dockless bike sharing: Coming soon to the Twin Cities

Pioneering nonprofit wants to replace ubiquitous green bicycles
Worries grow that costs could still rise for Southwest light-rail line

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

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

No one expects the outrage that ensued when Portland replaced its carpeting.
MEA weekend is busy time in Minnesota to hit the road, skies

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.
Advisory committee recommends streetcar for W. 7th Street transit

Advisory committee recommends streetcar for W. 7th Street transit

Riverview line would connect downtown St. Paul with MSP Airport, MOA.
Report on Met Council books adds fuel to bitter transit debate

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.
Sides face off in court in protracted Southwest light-rail dispute

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.
Public to be asked about controversial Southwest light-rail wall

Public to be asked about controversial Southwest light-rail wall

Program seeks to allay fears about proposed crash wall.
MAC approves new $240 million, 11-story parking ramp at 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.
Regional transit board holds final meeting

Regional transit board holds final meeting

CTIB raised nearly $1 billion for metro-area transit.
MSP plans big changes on retail and food front

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.
New eateries approved for Terminal 1 at MSP Airport

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.
Southwest light-rail wall draws the ire of Minneapolis, state officials

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.
TSA says new security lanes will speed up MSP screening — eventually

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

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…
Contractors disappointed with Met Council plan to rebid Southwest light rail

Contractors disappointed with Met Council plan to rebid Southwest light rail

Council says construction bids were too high; all could be rejected.
Met Council chair recommends rejecting all Southwest LRT bids as too high

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

New Met Council leader recommends rejecting four bids as too high.
MSP noise concerns pushing to new corners of Twin Cities

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.
Southwest LRT barrier wall raises the ire of neighbors, lawmakers

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.
Construction bids submitted for Southwest light rail, but challenges remain

Construction bids submitted for Southwest light rail, but challenges remain

Move is a "milestone" but bids now face scrutiny from Met Council staff.
Way cleared for Southwest LRT project to seek nearly $1B from feds

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

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

The mall stop was deferred two years ago due to budget cuts.
Airport cabbies riled over new rules on credit card transactions

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

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

Some vehicle owners are reporting long waits for their tabs, titles and plates.
Met Council votes to increase Metro Transit fares by 25 cents

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.
Despite pushback, Met Council committee backs 25-cent transit fare hike

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.
Minnesota's riskiest bridges repaired after I-35W collapse

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.
Metro Transit police consider new policy on immigration queries

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.
Light-rail supporters impatient for Bottineau Line

Light-rail supporters impatient for Bottineau Line

Frustration being aired about lack of movement in line's key negotiations.
Convergence of construction projects clobbers metro commuters

Convergence of construction projects clobbers metro commuters

Lowry Tunnel work added another headache to commuters already facing a partial light-rail shutdown, other headaches.
Charges dropped against immigrant whose status was questioned by Metro Transit cop

Charges dropped against immigrant whose status was questioned by Metro Transit cop

His lawyers are challenging deportation.

Dakota, Washington counties approve transportation taxes

The move replaces an existing quarter-cent tax before CTIB dissolves itself.
Delta debuts facial recognition at MSP, self-service kiosks for bags

Delta debuts facial recognition at MSP, self-service kiosks for bags

Checking a bag at the Twin Cities airport? Just bring your face and your passport. Delta on Monday debuted self-service kiosks aimed at speeding up…
Obituary: Albert 'Bert' Foster helped build Wayzata Yacht Club

Obituary: Albert 'Bert' Foster helped build Wayzata Yacht Club

Albert "Bert" Foster liked to say sailboat racing was akin to a chess match.So many moving parts to consider: the wind, the water, the geometry…
Activists press for New Hope officer in viral light-rail video to be fired

Activists press for New Hope officer in viral light-rail video to be fired

They want the officer, who stepped down from part-time job with Metro Transit police, out of the New Hope department.
Hennepin, Ramsey counties raise transit tax

Hennepin, Ramsey counties raise transit tax

But the outlook for any matching federal funding remains uncertain.

Delays have "eroded confidence" in state's vehicle licensing upgrade

After nearly 10 years and $60M in spending, web upgrade is languishing.
Minneapolis condo residents want vibration study before Southwest light rail goes forward

Minneapolis condo residents want vibration study before Southwest light rail goes forward

Calhoun-Isles condo walls have cracks from area construction tremors.

Hennepin, Ramsey counties hold hearings on transportation tax increase

The boards are considering raising the existing quarter-cent tax to a half-cent after the Counties Transit Improvement Board voted to disband by July 1.
Effort underway to prevent deportation of man in viral video with Metro Transit officer

Effort underway to prevent deportation of man in viral video with Metro Transit officer

Attorneys are also weighing a formal complaint about the handling of the case by the officer, who has since resigned.
Transit board takes first step to dissolve

Transit board takes first step to dissolve

Metro counties must now hold separate public hearings on transit tax.
Bidding for Southwest light rail contract is delayed a third time

Bidding for Southwest light rail contract is delayed a third time

Construction of the $1.9 billion project won't begin until later this fall.
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