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CLIC Recommended Capital Budget Falls Short on Pedestrian Safety

As another marathon CLIC (Capital Long-Range Improvement Committee) session wraps up, I thought it’d be valuable to share some of the projects that came up through the process and were proposed for funding or not, and what that decision process looked like. I recommend reading this blog post to familiarize yourself with the CLIC process […]

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Counties Transit Board Dissolution Plan in the Works

The Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB) met on December 21 to discuss the probable voluntary dissolution of CTIB and future funding options for metro rail and bus transit systems. The 78 page PDF was distributed and was the working document used at the meeting. Pages 3-7 offer a summary of the dissolution proposal as well […]

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Do We Really Want Funding For Bicycle Projects?

We hear frequent calls for more funding for bicycling — for painted bike lanes, door zone bike lanes, sharrows, protected bikeways, bicycle parking, giant motor traffic intersections for Trader Joe’s, programs to encourage people to ride and any number of things. We don’t need all of that special funding. We may specifically not want that special […]

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Yes, Bicycle Riders Should Pay Their Fair Share

  A reader recently wrote to our local paper suggesting that bicycle riders should pay for their share of the roads they use. I quite agree. I think all users should pay their fair share. I’m a strong believer in personal responsibility and that we should each pay for what we use. This makes for […]

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Applying the MAC Funding Model to Metro Transit

The recent hubbub around operations on a decade old runway at Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport (MSP), operated by the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), have unearthed a few interesting nuggets. I’m not really an airport or airplane operations buff. I mostly just appreciate that we have a fairly nice airport that I use relatively infrequently (though […]

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Whose Roads? Not Yours!

A federal judge’s decision on a Wisconsin road project has shined a spotlight on the distorted ways people view “their” roads. On May 22, the U.S. Eastern District Court ruled that WisDOT didn’t adequately explain traffic projections or account for updated demographic data when deciding to expand Highway 23 to four lanes between Fond du […]

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Why I Support Move MN

Minnesota Transportation Bill Basics The Republican-controlled House has passed a transportation bill that uses General Fund money to support billions in new road funding, cuts transit, and ignores walking and biking. The DFL-controlled Senate has passed a transportation bill that uses a gas tax increase to support billions in new road funding, a metro-area sales […]

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A Twin Cities Paving Moratorium

Last Wednesday (February 4)  I attended a public presentation by Ramsey County engineers for a proposed redesign of the Randolph and Lexington Avenue intersection. They are proposing to spend a million and a half dollars to purchase four properties on the northeast corner of the intersection and bulldoze them to make space for a dedicated […]

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Transportation Funding: Opportunities and Obstacles in the 2015 Legislative Session Policy Panel Discussion

Please join the Women’s Environmental Network, Mac Bike and Mac MPIRG for a policy maker panel discussion on transportation funding during the 2015 legislative session from 6 – 8 pm, on Wednesday, November 19 at Macalester College.  This is an opportunity to learn about and engage with others on transportation issues!  Please come and share your perspective and vision with key decision makers and advocates on transit, bikes, pedestrian, road or highway funding in the 2015 Legislative Session.

Panelists include: MNDOT Commissioner Charles Zelle, State Representative Connie Bernardy, Shawntera Hardy of Fresh Energy and Bethany Winkels of Transit for Livable Communities.

From 6 to 7 pm, each panelist will share their transportation funding hopes and fears for the next legislative session, followed by a one-hour audience question and answer session.  Prior to the event, from 5-6 pm, the Women’s Environmental Network will host a dinner and social meet and greet with our panelists.

Register here.
Date(s) – 11/19/2014
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location

Macalester College

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Chart of the Day: Lane Miles Per Estimated Market Value

Today’s chart of the day is the second in a series.  Although Ramsey and Hennepin counties have far fewer lane miles per capita, they appear to make far more productive use out of each mile.  This chart shows lane miles per $100 million of estimated market value of assessed property.  This data comes from MNDOT and […]

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