Twin Cities Met Council Wants to Spend $2 Billion on an 11-Mile Streetcar

An amendment to the Twin Cities Met Council’s 2040 Transportation Policy Plan includes $2 billion in funding for a modern streetcar route that would be just 11 miles in length. The Met Council hosted a public hearing Wednesday for its Riverview Modern Streetcar project, which would stretch from Union Depot…

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Minnesota’s Republican-Controlled Senate Introduces 91 Bills, Seeks to Punish Sanctuary Cities

Minnesota’s Republican-controlled Senate hit the ground running Thursday by introducing 91 pieces of legislation. Many of the items correspond with the top five priorities Republicans outlined at a Tuesday press conference, though there were several noteworthy outliers. Senate File (SF) 80, for instance, would impose “aid reductions” on sanctuary cities…

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Twin Cities to Spend $1.2 Million to Protect Bus Drivers from ‘Epidemic’

The Twin Cities Metropolitan Council approved $1.23 million in funding last week to add barriers in buses that will protect drivers from potential threats. Earlier this year, local headlines were dominated by stories of bus drivers across the Twin Cities area being assaulted by deranged passengers. There were three attacks…

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New Minnesota Coalition Likes Jeff Johnson’s Idea of Building State of the Art Bus System

A new coalition of business leaders that launched at the Minnesota Capitol Tuesday plans to lobby state lawmakers to support a “comprehensive transportation system,” which could include $120 million in transit improvements for Greater Minnesota. The group, calling itself “Keep MN Moving,” is co-led by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber, the…

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Bike Lanes Take Up a Third of Minneapolis Roadways But Are Used by Only 2.5 Percent of Commuters

The Twin Cities Met Council plans to continue dumping money on additional bike lanes across the metro area, but a study published Friday by The Star Tribune found that city leaders are not being “forthright” about the proposal’s effectiveness. Writing for The Star Tribune, local marketing executive Doug Berdie decided…

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Minnesota Receives Approval to Begin Construction on $2 Billion Light Rail Extension

The Twin Cities Met Council announced Wednesday that it has received approval from the federal government to begin construction on its controversial $2 billion Light Rail extension. In a Wednesday press release, the Met Council announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has granted it a Letter of No Prejudice,…

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Twin Cities Met Council to Undergo Federal Review Over its Unelected Board

Jason Lewis

Minnesota’s Met Council is now under federal review by the U.S. Department of Transportation after facing years of criticism over its undemocratic structure. The Twin Cities Met Council consists of 17 unelected officials, including its chair, all of whom are appointed by the state’s governor to oversee several of the…

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FEATURE: How An Unelected Board of Officials is Deliberately Sabotaging Minnesota Commuters

Jason Lewis

It’s two hours before class starts, but Haley is already on the road. “I haven’t missed work or class because I always try to leave two hours before I start, just to make sure I get there on time,” she said. In one week, Haley estimates that she wastes up…

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