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How You, and All of Us, Can Escape Car Dependency

I’m coming up on my two-year anniversary of being car-free in Minneapolis. But it didn’t happen at the snap of my fingers. Selling my car was the last step in a gradual, deliberate process that involved becoming aware and making decisions based on how I move around the city (and the world), and no small […]

Chart of the Day: US Transit Ridership Growth, 2002-2018

There’s a great chart-laden essay on Yonah Freemark’s “Transport Politic” blog that seeks to explain the reasons for the decline in transit (especially bus) ridership across the country. Here’s one of the charts that features the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro:   Minneapolis is the red line, the second from the top. As you can see, transit […]

Sunday Summary – April 16, 2017

It’s Easter, Passover, almost Tax Day, and finally really Spring (and construction season is starting, too). Locally, its election season, too, so streets.mn is starting to work on its 2017 Voter Guide. If you have questions you’d like asked or issues you want discussed during the Minneapolis (mayor and Council) and Saint Paul (mayor), please […]

The Long Road to Light Rail in the Twin Cities

From the first expression of interest to the actual hauling of passengers, the gestation period for light rail transit in Minneapolis/Saint Paul turned out to be 44 years. When the Twin Cities Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) was created in 1967, the prevailing vision for rail transit was what we now call “heavy rail”, completely grade […]

Chart of the Day: Occupant and Non-occupant Fatalities by Mode

Here’s a chart that was tweeted out today by Alex Cecchini, who argues that US cities should be doing much more to grade separate transit modes and make them safer.   You can read the Twitter exchange here. https://twitter.com/alexcecchini/status/774252739954040837 While writing an article on light rail safety a few months ago, I researched some of the […]

Sprawl Tax Links: Bike Lanes, Redlining, and the Edge

Every day at The Direct Transfer we collect news about cities and send the links to our email list.  At the end of the week we take some of the most popular stories and post them to Greater Greater Washington, a group blog similar to streets.mn that focuses on urban issues in the DC region.  […]

Floyd B. Olson is Spinning in His Grave

The road was dedicated to Northside resident and socialist Governor Floyd B. Olson in 1951, but it was older than that.  As near as I can tell, construction of the modern-day Olson Memorial Highway began in the late 1930s. That makes it one of the first urban freeways in the Twin Cities. (For some reference, it’s earlier than the very early Hiawatha […]