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Preparing for Threats to Federal Transit Funding

Businesses and communities in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region who understand our need for a high-quality transit system have been watching debates in the state legislature. But federal transit funding is just as relevant; all new lines in the region — including SWLRT — plan on using federal matches.

Based on what’s already been reported and what is being discussed in Washington, DC, federal funding for public transportation is very likely to be threatened this spring during the budget process. The Trump Administration has clearly stated their intent to increase spending on the military and make sizable cuts to non-defense spending — including transportation.

There are three credible scenarios for public transportation funding cuts, which range from cuts from current FAST Act levels that would result from passing another continuing budget resolution, to cutting funding for all new transit construction, and finally to a scenario of repeating the House’s failed 2012 attempt to kick transit out of the protected trust fund entirely.

Details are just now becoming available. This Administration moves quickly, and the time to participate in the debate is now. Join us March 22 for a briefing on possibilities for and threats to federal transit funding, what’s at stake with the range of potential cuts, and what we can — and should — be ready to do in response.

Featured Speakers:
– Adrea Turner | Director of Transportation for America
– Geoff Anderson | President of Smart Growth America
– Commissioner Jim McDonough | Ramsey County

Smart Growth America is a national non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. Smart Growth America’s program Transportation for America is the alliance of elected, business and civic leaders from communities across the country, united to ensure that states and the federal government invest in smart, locally-driven transportation solutions — because these are the investments that hold the key to our future economic prosperity.

T4A is committed to helping your community create the transportation investments necessary for a prosperous future.


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Metro Transit Fare App – A Review

I recently started using Metro Transit’s new app after my Go To Pass ran out of funds. It was an opportunity to give it a trial before refilling my pass. Here is my review. Ease of Use The biggest benefit has been not having to keep track of my card or make sure my card […]

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Riverview Corridor Meeting

Commissioner Ortega and Councilmember Tolbert invite you to join them for a conversation about the Riverview Corridor Study and the need for improved transit Wednesday, March 8, from 6:30PM to 8:00PM in the Highland Community Center Auditorium. A brief update on the study will be presented at 6:30PM with an open house to follow.


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Expand Your Transportation Toolbox

When I was in law school, I lived in a furnished apartment two blocks from school. Basically all I owned was my clothes, a desktop computer, some CDs and my textbooks. I definitely owned zero tools. Then I graduated and moved to a fancier apartment (the deck of a swimming pool is a great place to […]

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BRT vs. LRT: Bus or Light Rail?

As public transit development increases in the Twin Cities, bus rapid transit (BRT) and light rail transit (LRT) are emerging as the top two options for many of these lines. But how did that decision get made for each community and what is happening now with these projects?

In partnership with Streets.mn, join us for some learning about the benefits and challenges of each option and for insights from community members and government representatives about selection and development of the Bottineau Blue Line LRT line in the West Metro and the Gateway BRT Corridor in the East Metro.

Speakers (confirmed)
Lyssa Leitner, Transportation Planner, Washington County
Denise Butler from ACER, member of the Blue Line Coalition and member of the Bottineau Corridor Management Committee

Register here

Schedule
5:30 PM – 6 PM Light Dinner
6 PM – 8 PM Program


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Sunday Summary – January 8, 2017

Happy New Year!  The Summary took a little holiday, so this post collects three weeks of good stuff.  Looking ahead, streets.mn is holding a Backyard Ice Skating: The How-to and Why fundraiser on Sunday, January 22.  Billed as a SIMBY – skate in my backyard – event, this is a chance to skate, eat and […]

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Rush Line Transit Study Open House

The Rush Line Transit Study is holding community-wide open houses in December where you can:

  • Learn more about the benefits and impacts of the various route and transit vehicle options
  • Provide your input on the proposed narrowed-down options
  • View models of portions of the corridor to visualize what improved transit may look like
  • Talk with project staff to ask questions and give feedback

At this meeting, a presentation will be given at 5:30 p.m.

The Rush Line corridor connects the 23 urban, suburban, and rural communities between St. Paul and Hinckley.


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Rush Line Transit Study Open House

The Rush Line Transit Study is holding community-wide open houses in December where you can:

  • Learn more about the benefits and impacts of the various route and transit vehicle options
  • Provide your input on the proposed narrowed-down options
  • View models of portions of the corridor to visualize what improved transit may look like
  • Talk with project staff to ask questions and give feedback

At this meeting, a presentation will be given at 5:30 p.m.

The Rush Line corridor connects the 23 urban, suburban, and rural communities between St. Paul and Hinckley.


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Introducing the B & E Lines in Minneapolis

Hello, all! I write today to bring your attention to a very interesting and good PDF (portable document format) on the Metropolitan Council’s website that talks a lot about arterial bus rapid transit (aBRT), also known as the only clearly good thing that we’re doing right now, transit-wise. These “aBRT” lines are buses that have […]

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