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Tim Harlow

Reporter | Traffic and transportation
phone: 612-673-7768
Tim covers traffic and transportation issues in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and likes to get out of the office, even during rush hour.
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Fares covering more than a third of Twin Cities' Green Line expenses

Fares covering more than a third of Twin Cities' Green Line expenses

Its fare recovery rate — 36 percent — compares to a national average of 33 percent.
Police wound suspect in N. Minneapolis carjacking; 2 arrested

Police wound suspect in N. Minneapolis carjacking; 2 arrested

At least two suspects fled the scene on foot and shots were fired.
Obituary: The Rev. Edwin Eilertsen, former rector of St. Martin's by the Lake

Obituary: The Rev. Edwin Eilertsen, former rector of St. Martin's by the Lake

The Rev. Edwin J. Eilertsen spent more than 45 years empowering people to do positive things with their lives and for their community, and he…

Driver wanted to race Minnesota state trooper; he lost

A Wisconsin man who said he just wanted to race a Minnesota state trooper he encountered on a northern Minnesota interstate highway Wednesday morning is…
Bird exhibitions canceled at state, county fairs because of flu

Bird exhibitions canceled at state, county fairs because of flu

There will be no live poultry exhibitions at the Minnesota State Fair this year after the Minnesota Board of Animal Health on Friday ordered all…

Detours, delays for weekend road warriors

The big traffic news this weekend is that 5 miles of Interstate 94 in St. Paul will be closed all weekend to allow the Minnesota…

Frustrated MnDOT seeks new source of MnPass devices for better supply, compatibility

Ongoing frustrations with transponders have the agency looking for a new vendor.
Snelling Avenue bridge repair will bring three months of detours

Snelling Avenue bridge repair will bring three months of detours

It’s not pretty now, but improvements are coming to Snelling Avenue in St. Paul: A new bus rapid transit line, better sidewalks and lighting, and…
Obituary: Elaine Meisch founded Dakota County Technical College's interior design program

Obituary: Elaine Meisch founded Dakota County Technical College's interior design program

Students in Elaine Meisch’s interior design courses at Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) learned quickly that there was much more to the trade than creating…

MVTA gains riders, will offer smartphone app

Ridership was up 7.4 percent in the first quarter of 2015.
MnDOT says it will review lane closing policy after massive Mendota Bridge traffic snarl

MnDOT says it will review lane closing policy after massive Mendota Bridge traffic snarl

MnDOT to look at policies that allowed lane closures and led to commuter gridlock Wednesday.
The Drive: Why police can use electronic devices, but drivers can't

The Drive: Why police can use electronic devices, but drivers can't

Minnesotans apparently are not getting the message that they should not be texting while behind the wheel. In a six-day campaign last month to crack…
In 3 seconds, reading a text turned into driving disaster

In 3 seconds, reading a text turned into driving disaster

Shyann Ericksen never thought twice about reading text messages while driving. Until the crash that left a toddler with a traumatic brain injury.
Woman killed by light-rail train was Minn. Senate employee

Woman killed by light-rail train was Minn. Senate employee

A woman hit by a Green Line train as she crossed University Avenue Thursday morning in St. Paul’s Midway area has died, officials said.
Green Line's East Bank Station reaches 1M boardings

Green Line's East Bank Station reaches 1M boardings

U’s East Bank station is the busiest on new light-rail line.

Police chase in Edina backs up morning rush hour traffic on Hwy. 169

A call about an erratic driver in the southwest metro escalated into a police pursuit during the Friday morning rush hour on busy Hwy. 169…
Obituary: Gerald Fischer, chief fundraiser for the University of Minnesota

Obituary: Gerald Fischer, chief fundraiser for the University of Minnesota

The 18 years that Gerald “Jerry” Fischer served as the president and CEO of the University of Minnesota Foundation were the best years of his…
Off-duty deputy involved in Norwood Young America shooting

Off-duty deputy involved in Norwood Young America shooting

An off-duty McLeod County sheriff’s deputy was one of two men injured in a shooting after a struggle between them early Friday at a gas station in Norwood Young America, authorities said.
Large fire damages family-run Anoka County businesses

Large fire damages family-run Anoka County businesses

A passing motorist called in the fire and neighbors in the area said they heard explosions about the time the fire started.

Metro Transit to test electric buses

Metro Transit is exploring the idea of adding buses powered solely by electricity to its fleet, and next week the public will have a chance…

Suspect fleeing police crashes into Minneapolis squad car

Man was running from Hopkins police.
I-494 commuter nightmare should ease this morning

I-494 commuter nightmare should ease this morning

West-metro commuters faced an agonizingly slow commute Monday morning as an ill-timed storm conspired with planned road construction to snarl freeway traffic all the way from Rogers to Maple Grove.
Parts of I-494, I-94 in Twin Cities closing for weekend

Parts of I-494, I-94 in Twin Cities closing for weekend

Two major stretches of Twin Cities roadway on interstates 494 and 94 are closing this weekend.
Obituary: Vernon Hollister, journalist and Robbinsdale Cooper High School teacher

Obituary: Vernon Hollister, journalist and Robbinsdale Cooper High School teacher

Vernon Hollister began and ended his journalism career in his native Wisconsin, and in between shared his passion for fine writing and literature with the…
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.
Nov. 3, 2014: The Drive: Are all light-rail riders buying tickets?

Nov. 3, 2014: The Drive: Are all light-rail riders buying tickets?

Light-rail riders without a ticket can be ticketed. The misdemeanor carries a $180 fine plus administrative fees.
Remakes on Minnehaha, Washington avenues highlight county construction

Remakes on Minnehaha, Washington avenues highlight county construction

Construction will affect 140 miles of roads in metro area.
2015 road construction will put the squeeze on Twin Cities traffic

2015 road construction will put the squeeze on Twin Cities traffic

Patience is the watchword as resurfacing, rebuilding and expansion projects target roads in dire need.
High costs, low ridership bring end to college shuttle service

High costs, low ridership bring end to college shuttle service

Five Twin Cities private colleges still working on plans to replace service next school year.

The Drive: Sand, salt and snow take a toll on lane markings

Divots in the pavement are not a motorist's only concern at this time of year. The harsh elements have seemingly made white lane markings vanish.

ID released of man fatally shot near downtown Minneapolis ramp

By Tim Harlow and PAUL WALSH Star Tribune staff writers
1 dead, 2 injured in fire at Woodbury senior living complex

1 dead, 2 injured in fire at Woodbury senior living complex

A dispatcher with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said the fire broke out around 4 a.m. at the Woodbury Health Care on the 7000 block of Lake Road. Several agencies and ambulances have responded to the scene.
Obituary: Priscilla Stanko channeled grief into Ronald McDonald House at U of Minn.

Obituary: Priscilla Stanko channeled grief into Ronald McDonald House at U of Minn.

More than 4,000 families a year spend nights at the Ronald McDonald House, a shelter on the University of Minnesota campus that Priscilla Lou Stanko…

Park-and-ride system has plenty of room as usage drops slightly in 2014

A Metro Transit survey found that just 56 percent of 32,000 available spaces were used in 2014.
Minneapolis Patrick Henry to reopen Friday after fire

Minneapolis Patrick Henry to reopen Friday after fire

No injuries were reported in the fire, which was reported to have broken out around 3 a.m. in a workstation in a chemistry lab.

New low-cost parking option now available at MSP

Just in time for the spring break rush, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport’s new Quick Ride Ramp opened Tuesday. Its 1,400 spaces were definitely needed; the ramp at the main terminal was full before noon.
Study: One in six Minnesota drivers labeled 'high risk'

Study: One in six Minnesota drivers labeled 'high risk'

Risky behaviors include texting while driving, not wearing a seat belt or driving more than 10 miles an hour over the speed limit.

MnDOT shares road-work details using open houses

Spring is high season for open houses, not only for real estate agents but for representatives from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, too. The agency…
Obituary: Richard Scott touched hearts as believable Santa

Obituary: Richard Scott touched hearts as believable Santa

Dick Scott was the Santa Claus that everybody in St. Cloud and surrounding communities wanted to see. For 18 years, Scott donned his signature red…

Northstar riders to get $2,200 in refunds for late trains

The bill is in for Metro Transit’s Service Guarantee Program on the Northstar commuter line, and the agency will be sending checks to riders totaling…

Woman killed in Coon Rapids crash identified as from Anoka

An 84-year-old woman killed in a traffic crash Thursday afternoon in Coon Rapids has been identified as Donna Mae Youso. Youso, of Anoka, was driving…

Passenger traffic rises 3.7 percent at MSP in 2014

Part of the surge can be attributed to Spirit Airlines, the discount airline that has rapidly gained customers at MSP.
Obituary: Greg Pratt, documentary producer for WCCO-TV and PBS

Obituary: Greg Pratt, documentary producer for WCCO-TV and PBS

As a journalist, Greg Pratt was fearless, tenacious and curious. Combined with his passion for storytelling and his keen ability to put words and pictures…
Snowfall leaves up to 4 inches in metro, snarling highways

Snowfall leaves up to 4 inches in metro, snarling highways

In western and central Minnesota, with 3-5 inches of snow forecast and strong winds creating near-blizzard conditions, many school districts called off classes.
Minnesota raises speed limit to 60 on miles of two-lane road

Minnesota raises speed limit to 60 on miles of two-lane road

Speed limits will rise from 55 mph to 60 mph on 340 miles of state and federal highways.

Wage concerns halt traveler aid at MSP checkpoints

Travelers at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport needing help getting to the security checkpoints will be on their own, at least temporarily. On Tuesday, the…
Pointing to I-35W-494 bottleneck, Dayton officials push for road funds

Pointing to I-35W-494 bottleneck, Dayton officials push for road funds

Cabinet members, suburban leaders press for Dayton proposal to ease traffic at the nation’s 17th worst interchange at 35W and 494.
Obituary: Park Tool's Howard Hawkins kept bicyclists rolling

Obituary: Park Tool's Howard Hawkins kept bicyclists rolling

In the backroom of a small fix-it shop in St. Paul’s Hazel Park neighborhood, Howard Hawkins and his business partner came up with the idea…
Evening commute goes smoother than the morning

Evening commute goes smoother than the morning

More than 135 crashes and 40 spinouts were reported in the metro between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The wintry mix is headed to the east, so travelers still need to be careful.
Rosemount mother: 'One text almost killed my son'

Rosemount mother: 'One text almost killed my son'

Speaking publicly for the first time since the July accident that left her son with a traumatic brain injury, she beseeched drivers to not text and drive.
Metro Transit police are breaking through the language barrier

Metro Transit police are breaking through the language barrier

Metro Transit officers learning Spanish through the agency’s first-ever in-house language training program for police.
Teens rush to drivers schools before new Jan. 1 rules

Teens rush to drivers schools before new Jan. 1 rules

Students who don’t complete training by Dec. 31 will have to follow new state rules that increase the time they must practice driving with a licensed adult by 10 to 20 hours.
Metro Transit Blue Line passes 100 million rider mark

Metro Transit Blue Line passes 100 million rider mark

With ridership on the Blue Line light rail passing the 100 million mark, Metro Transit decided to celebrate Thursday. Mascots “A” and “B” boarded a…

MnPASS seekers are put on hold for a while

MnDOT temporarily out of key transponder clips.
Obituary: Gustavus Tennis coach Steve Wilkinson served up wins, lessons in respect

Obituary: Gustavus Tennis coach Steve Wilkinson served up wins, lessons in respect

Steve Wilkinson’s recipe for success with his tennis players at Gustavus Adolphus College was to have a positive attitude, focus on their efforts and treat…
Twin Cities transit ridership up more than 3 percent in 2014

Twin Cities transit ridership up more than 3 percent in 2014

More people are riding Twin Cities buses and trains, according to 2014 data released last week by the Metropolitan Council.
Commuters will lose 5th St. in downtown Mpls. to stadium

Commuters will lose 5th St. in downtown Mpls. to stadium

9,000 daily I-94 commuters will be permanently rerouted as of early April.
Medical emergency briefly closes Hwy. 10 in Coon Rapids

Medical emergency briefly closes Hwy. 10 in Coon Rapids

By Tim Harlow  tim.harlow@startribune.com
Blaine resident: Intruder lunged at police with knife, was shot

Blaine resident: Intruder lunged at police with knife, was shot

Resident describes a dramatic standoff with the intruder in the kitchen and the moment when the suspect was shot while lunging at police. The incident began shortly before 4 a.m. Thursday.
MVTA bus rides increase nearly 4 percent in 2014

MVTA bus rides increase nearly 4 percent in 2014

Minnesota Valley Transit gave more than 2.8 million rides in 2014, an increase of 3.9 percent.
Spirit Airlines moving to MSP's main terminal

Spirit Airlines moving to MSP's main terminal

The move will free up another gate at Terminal 2 for Southwest and Sun Country airlines.
Obituary: Charles Stutz kept the Twin City Darts Association on target

Obituary: Charles Stutz kept the Twin City Darts Association on target

Charles Stutz never let the business of the day bog down meetings of the Twin City Darts Association. As the group’s president, Stutz often brought…
At least one hurt in rollover crash on Dakota County overpass

At least one hurt in rollover crash on Dakota County overpass

Authorities closed County Road 46 for a short time to allow North Aircare to land on the road. The road reopened just after noon.

Minnesota highway deaths in 2014 likely second-lowest toll

It was a safe 2014 on Minnesota roads. The state is expected to record the second-fewest traffic-related deaths since World War II.Preliminary data from the…
Metro Transit bus driver makes final run of his 36-year career

Metro Transit bus driver makes final run of his 36-year career

For 36 years, Tony Taylor has been the face of Metro Transit and a passenger favorite.
Four Minnesota troopers struck in 24 hours

Four Minnesota troopers struck in 24 hours

Drivers’ bad habits were the biggest contributors, patrol officials say.

Train delays mean free ride for some commuters

Some Northstar riders got a free trip Friday morning because of a delay that forced Metro Transit to make good on its money-back guarantee for…

Minnesota DWI arrests were down in 2014, but up over the holidays

A Freeborn County woman with a .45 percent blood-​alcohol concentration was among the drunkest of 2,537 motorists arrested for drunken driving in Minnesota during the…
Drunken driving's immeasurable toll in Minnesota

Drunken driving's immeasurable toll in Minnesota

Alcohol-related crashes injured 2,300 in Minnesota in 2013. Some recovered; others live in pain every day.
Feb. 8: Two dead after police chase in Eden Prairie ends with shots fired

Feb. 8: Two dead after police chase in Eden Prairie ends with shots fired

The series of dramatic events that led to gunshots started during the morning rush hour and led to the shutdown of Hwy. 212 until 5 p.m. Friday.
Woman goes into labor at I-94 crash scene

Woman goes into labor at I-94 crash scene

A woman eight months pregnant went into labor Friday after she was involved in a multicar crash during the morning rush hour on Interstate 94…
Northstar commuters get money-back guarantee

Northstar commuters get money-back guarantee

In January, Metro Transit will refund commuters’ fares when their trains are at least 11 minutes late.
Obituary: Marv Helling's vision gave rise to the Prep Bowl

Obituary: Marv Helling's vision gave rise to the Prep Bowl

In 1982, the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) held the first Prep Bowl at the Metrodome. The idea for playing five championship football games…
Rest-stop slaying leads to I-694 chase; suspect killed

Rest-stop slaying leads to I-694 chase; suspect killed

A homicide at a Maple Grove rest area early Wednesday led to a police chase along I-694 that ended when the suspect crashed and was killed by officers after brandishing a weapon, authorities said.

The Drive: Minnesota uses blue lights to combat red light running

Traffic signals across the metro area are sporting a new hue. Tiny blue lights are being added to semaphores to help police catch motorists who…
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