Podcast #20 – The State of the State’s Transportation with Rep. Ron Erhardt

The podcast this week is a conversation state Representative Ron Erhardt of Edina about the state of the state’s transportation system. Representative Erhardt, who chairs the Transportation Policy committee in the House, was recently elected to represent Edina as a DFL Democrat after serving many years representing Edina as a Republican. He was forced into switching parties after voting in 2008 for a controversial over-ride of then-Governor Tim Pawlenty’s veto of a state transportation funding bill. This places Representative Erhardt in the unique position of chairing a House transportation committee as both a Democrat and a Republican.

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University Ave LRT with the state capitol in the background

I sat down with him last week in his new office in the State Office Building on St Paul’s Capitol Hill to talk about his history fighting for transportation funding in Minnesota, and what to expect from the coming 2013 legislative session in transportation policy. I hope you enjoy the conversation.

The link to the audio is here. Subscribe to the whole shebang on iTunes.

Bill Lindeke

About Bill Lindeke

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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.