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Transit Budgets Expose Hidden Costs of Roads

Transit projects make for easy political targets because of high construction costs. They have prices in the many millions of dollars, and occasionally tip into the billions, which brings critics out of the woodwork. It’s difficult to know whether certain projects are justifiable or not, particularly because different modes of transportation concentrate and spread out […]

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Strangulation on the Green Line

Public officials and planners made a huge mistake when they chose to place the Central Corridor “Green Line” Light Rail Transit (LRT) on University Avenue. Enchanted by federal money and obsessed with dreams of economic development, they forgot the obvious purpose for a light rail train: better mass transit. We must recognize this huge error […]

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Green Line Opening Day Highlights

The City of Saint Paul produced this brief look at highlights from the Metro Green Line’s opening day which includes a couple shots of my family and a lot of smiling passengers. Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you […]

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Saint Paul’s Oversized Downtown Streets

If you grew up in Minnesota, you may have heard the story of Saint Paul’s narrow streets—In downtown, the streets were so tight that the city eventually decided to shave off the fronts of buildings downtown, in order to make the streets wider. Today, however, many of downtown Saint Paul’s streets are too wide, or […]

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Green Line Transforms U of M Campus

Today is the first day passengers will be served on the Metro Transit Green Line between downtown Saint Paul and downtown Minneapolis. From what I understand, the entire Metro Transit system will be fare-free all day Saturday and Sunday as part of the celebration. That means you have no excuse to not get on board […]

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