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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 […]

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Minneapolis: A City for Walkers

Co-written by Janelle Nivens and Sarah Tschida Cross-posted on Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition On a recent Friday morning, 30 people attended “Minneapolis, a City for Walkers? A Conversation About Prioritizing Pedestrians” at The Turtle Bread Company in south Minneapolis. Hosted by Minneapolis Council Member Elizabeth Glidden (Ward 8), this program featured guest speakers Robin Hutcheson, Minneapolis […]

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Transit-Oriented Development in St. Paul: Connections that Create Value

This article is provided to streets.mn by The Line, an online publication about the creative economy of the Twin Cities. Streets.mn and The Line share content to further conversations on land use and transportation in MSP. MSP’s transit investments — the METRO bus and light-rail system, the emerging arterial bus rapid transit (aBRT) system, enhanced bus service and more — are […]

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Downtown Buses Slow as Hell, Three Miles of Transit Tunnels and Bridges Planned Elsewhere

For a couple of months now, local route buses heading north and south through Downtown Minneapolis have been detoured off Nicollet Mall while a $50 million dollar rebuild of that street has gotten underway. Right now buses are running three blocks away on 3rd Avenue South, but they’ll be moving over to Hennepin Avenue next month. […]

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Stop Linking the Green Line Extension with North Minneapolis

Out in the world, there exist all sorts of theories and ideas that are generally correct, in a broad, often academic sense. But you’ll find that those theories and ideas can’t always be applied to all possible situations in the universe. You can say, for example, that lower taxes are good for an economy. More people […]

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The Other Other Bad Light Rail Alignment: The Blue Line Extension

Regrets! We all have them. One regret that I maybe have, and that a bunch of other people like me maybe could have, is that we all sort of got distracted several years ago. You probably know about the various snafus with the Green Line extension out to Eden Prairie (maybe?) and how there was […]

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“All Options on the Table” with Southwest Corridor

Lots of news on the Southwest Corridor lately. You may have heard about it: The question of which route is chosen is important not only for the light-rail system Hennepin County wants to build, but also for the rest of the metropolitan area in terms of rail transit philosophy. That’s because this southwest route offers […]

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The Met Council is Spending $6,000,000 on this Unnecessary Pedestrian Bridge?

Check out this bridge! It’s a pedestrian bridge–meaning that it’s for pedestrians, walking “on foot” with their legs. For the sake of this post, say that you were in the market for a pedestrian bridge and, bear with me here, you wanted one that looked just like that one in the picture, but less pixelated […]

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Measuring the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro Area, and Getting Real with the Map

Some of the many conflicts currently wracking the state of Minnesota Metro vs. Outstate Urban vs. Suburban vs. Rural J. Crew vs. Hollister vs. Carhartt Peel-and-stick brick vs. Beige vinyl siding Cars vs. All else Who in the metro is paying to repave roads in Koochiching County, or, to phrase it incorrectly, where specifically do […]

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Creating a Low-Carbon Transportation System for MSP: Part One, Baselining

Thrive MSP 2040, the new regional plan for the 7-county metro adopted by the Metropolitan Council, includes moderately strong language about addressing climate change.  But the main implementation tool we’ve seen so far from the Council, the Draft 2040 Transportation Policy Plan, doesn’t go nearly far enough.  In fact, it doesn’t even start where it should, with a […]

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