Author Archive | Brendon Slotterback

Southwest LRT Planners Resolve Final Lawsuit by Eliminating Last 15 Stations

Planners at the Metropolitan Council say they have solved the latest, and hopefully final, lawsuit over the planned Southwest LRT transit line by eliminating all but the first three stations of the line. The line will now begin at Mitchell Station and end at Eden Prairie Town Center Station. “We’ve talked with all the stakeholders and local […]

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Traffic in downtown Minneapolis. CC licensed by flickr user Drew Geraets

Creating a Low-Carbon Transportation System for MSP: Part One, Baselining

Thrive MSP 2040, the new regional plan for the 7-county metro adopted by the Metropolitan Council, includes moderately strong language about addressing climate change.  But the main implementation tool we’ve seen so far from the Council, the Draft 2040 Transportation Policy Plan, doesn’t go nearly far enough.  In fact, it doesn’t even start where it should, with a […]

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Comments on the Metropolitan Council’s Draft Transportation Policy Plan

The Metropolitan Council held a public hearing tonight on their draft Transportation Policy Plan. If you care about transit or transportation issues in the region, you should comment (you can do so through October 1). Here are four comments I have on the plan: Our urban areas are significantly underserved by this plan. Even under the “increased […]

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One Penny

I recently visited Houston.  While on a tour of the Red Line, their first LRT line, I was told the story of its funding. Tom DeLay twice blocked federal funding for the line, meaning the entire initial 7.5 mile was built with local dollars – $324 million of them. Houston seemed to be living the Strong […]

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How Much Energy Could Minneapolis Get from Solar?

Solar PV seems to be the current darling of the renewable energy world.  But how much “resource” is really out there?  How much should cities rely on the development of local solar resources to meet their climate and energy goals?  What trade-offs should urban cities make between desirable things like tree canopy and maximizing solar energy resources?  GIS tools […]

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