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How to Improve the Vikings Pedestrian Bridge With One Easy Step

On July 2nd, it was announced that the Minnesota Vikings have offered to shoulder half of the burden of building a pedestrian bridge over Chicago Avenue and the Downtown East light rail station. While this doesn’t necessarily exonerate the bridge from the sharper criticisms of Nick Magrino’s story on the issue (particularly on how converting […]

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Chart of the Day: Data for Every City in the Metro

Hats off to the Met Council! When they’re not busy with pedestrian bridges and light rail planning, they provide amazing amounts of easily digestible data about Twin Cities communities. Check out the interface, which generates charts for different cities at the click of a button… Here’s the one for my home city of Mendota Heights, just south […]

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Calls for Accountability Miss the Mark

I’m going to describe a government agency and let you, brilliant reader, guess who it is. This government agency is an un-elected bureaucracy with its top-ranking official appointed by the governor, who is then confirmed by the Minnesota Senate. This agency gets involved with planning activities and expenditures at both the regional and local level. […]

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Increased Transit Funding Can Save You Money

The legislature is buzzing with transportation funding proposals. The Republican plan proposes no new revenue streams while the DFL plan contains a variety of tax and fee increases to pay for system fixes and expansion. One point of contention is the DFL’s proposed one percent metro area sales tax to raise money for transit. Republicans […]

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More on the Infrastructure Cost Discussion

Yesterday I delved a little into the question of whether we’ve really under-funded or under-built roads. Of course the standard reply is that roads still recover more costs than transit, and transit (run by the Met Council) is partially subsidized by drivers (via the motor vehicle sales tax, 40% of which is now dedicated to […]

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Re-Framing the Regional Transportation Debate

If you’re a regular (or even casual) reader of streets.mn, you’re probably aware of the debate being waged on transportation and land-use policy in the Twin Cities. The Met Council’s Thrive 2040 plan and recent election cycle seemed to magnify the divide (which may or may not be drawn along political lines). MinnPost (via our […]

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Podcast #74 – Explaining the Transportation Equity Formula with Russ Stark

The podcast this week is a conversation with Russ Stark, the City Council member for Saint Paul’s Fourth Ward, which covers the Northwest stretch of the city from Hamline-Midway to St. Anthony Park. In addition to being on the city council, Russ Stark represents Saint Paul on the Met Council Transportation Advisory Board (TAB), a rather […]

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Three Things You Should Know about the Suburban Equity Cry

Last week, I wrote about the theatrical five-county meeting and whether or not the suburban counties’ claims to injustice had any merit. You’re welcome to pore over the suburban manifesto for yourself, or read my asinine translation. And over at Minnpost, I wrote about about how the normally opaque political wrangling over regional transportation investments […]

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