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Nice Ride Q&A: Funding Exists for 17 New Stations

Last Friday afternoon marked the beginning of Nice Ride Minnesota’s fifth season of bike-share in the Twin Cities. The system’s size and geographic layout for 2014 remains largely the same as last season. But there’s still plenty of change as subscribers are introduced to more generous ride times of 60 minutes, and prospective members are given […]

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Top Three Problems with MPR’s @MNToday Tweet, and the Big Thing They Did Right

Let’s just get this disclaimer out of the way right up front: I’m an MPR sustaining member. I listen. I give. I heart MPR pretty hard. I’m also a cycling advocate and a Spokeswoman for St. Paul Women on Bikes. This post does not necessarily represent the views of WOB, streets.mn’s writers or board, or […]

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Chart of the day – Capital costs, BRT and LRT

Today’s chart complements yesterday’s chart on forecasted ridership. It compares total build-out costs for metro LRT lines and planned “small starts” projects (mostly arterial BRT lines).  It comes from a presentation given to the March 24, 2014 meeting of the Met Council’s Transportation Committee. Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep […]

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Chart of the day – 2030 Ridership, BRT and LRT

Today’s chart compares forecasted ridership in 2030 on metro LRT lines and planned “small starts” projects (mostly arterial BRT lines).  It comes from a presentation given to the March 24, 2014 meeting of the Met Council’s Transportation Committee. Forecasting caveats apply. Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep […]

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Bottleneck Fix: Turn (Don’t Merge)

One highly trafficked intersection in Minneapolis was layered with interstate lanes in 1971. Although the freeway was buried below, ramps and merging lanes complicate the streets above. This historically influential neighborhood was transformed into a transitory space for the automotive world.   Minneapolis can regain this missing district with one driving modification: ‘turn, instead of […]

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MNDOT Redirects Stillwater Bridge Funds to Pedestrian, Transit Projects

In a dramatic reversal, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has halted the new Stillwater Bridge project and redirected the funds to pedestrian and transit projects across the state.  When streets.mn asked MNDOT about the sudden decision, MNDOT spokesman Brian Anderson-Johnson replied, After careful research, we realized that there are pedestrian corridors and transit projects that […]

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Let’s Be Pro-transit

I’ll start by saying I have strong feelings about Southwest LRT. So do some people on this very blog. You probably do too. However, I won’t be contributing further to the gallons of spilled real and virtual ink or weeks of public testimony.  I’d like to talk about how we can set the stage for […]

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Institutionalizing Complete Streets

We continue here with highlights from our recently completed research on complete streets planning and implementation (read Part 1).  The research report, entitled Complete Streets from Policy to Project:  The Planning and Implementation of Complete Streets at Multiple Scales, examines the emerging practice around complete streets in eleven jurisdictions across the U.S.  Drawing on over […]

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Does Less Parking Space Mean More Incentive to Walk?

In late February, according to KSTP, Minneapolis had already received 57 inches of snow. Because of this, for the last month, Minneapolis has enforced a city wide ban on even side parking for all non-emergency snow routes, in addition to the narrow streets of  Bryant Avenue between Lake Street to 50th Street, and Grand Avenue […]

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