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  • Updated: October 6, 2013 - 10:46 PM

Nearly nine in 10 people drive cars to work, yet last week’s editorial was all about transit.

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‘GROWING MINNEAPOLIS’

Transit focus ignores a certain reality

Of all the options for meeting the population’s transportation needs (“Growth on wheels,” editorial, Sept. 29; the last of the four-part “Growing Minneapolis” series), one was missing — cars and roads, even though the graphic from Metropolitan Council showed that 88.3 percent of commuters are now using road transportation to get to work.

As long as the “visionary planners” continue to ignore improvements on the metro road system, be it for truck or auto transportation, we the public are stuck — either in traffic, or utopian dreams, or maybe both.

RICHARD NAAKTGEBOREN, Maple Lake, Minn.

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I must object to editorial’s assertion that the “growth is great news.” Where are we growing to? When will we stop? Stability would be a better goal and would make for a better city.

JOAN PHILIPS, Falcon Heights

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The Star Tribune Editorial Board got it wrong when it blamed nonmetro legislators for derailing the transit plan that was considered in last year’s legislative session.

I was one of the nonmetro members of the House of Representatives who supported — indeed championed — a balanced approach to meeting Minnesota’s transportation needs. That means increased funding for roads and increased funding for transit.

Nonmetro members of the House advocated for the metro sales tax to finance a modern transit system for the metro area, and our metro colleagues advocated for new funding to improve roads in rural Minnesota. We worked together to try to accomplish both goals.

I will continue to work hard with metro and nonmetro members of the House to build support for a comprehensive approach to improving transportation throughout Minnesota.

State Rep. Clark Johnson,

DFL-North Mankato

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