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VIDEO: Moving Young People Forward
By Tom Niemisto November 19, 2012

GiveMN and Youthprise teamed up to highlight organizations that promote youth development and empowerment. Youthprise established a youth video contest to document and hightlight…

VIDEO: NiceRide Hibernates
By Tom Niemisto November 08, 2012

Earlier this week, workers scooped up those iconic green bikes and hauled them into storage until spring. NiceRide Minnesota tallied 274,045 bike trips 2012,…

Knitting Together High-Quality Transit
By Conrad deFiebre November 08, 2012

The Twin Cities' sole light-rail transit line, the Hiawatha from downtown Minneapolis to the Mall of America via the airport, has exceeded ridership projections…

Are We There Yet? MnDOT Takes Stock
By Conrad deFiebre October 25, 2012

Minnesota has 142,000 miles of streets and highways, 4,458 miles of railroad track, 3,880 miles of walking and biking trails, 135 public airports, 77…

Beat the Traffic, Join a Carpool
By Conrad deFiebre October 11, 2012

In the 1950s, long before America's social atomization described in the book "Bowling Alone," my dad went to work in a carpool. The other…

Fast Rail Blocked by Public Sector, Boosted by Private
By Conrad deFiebre September 27, 2012

In Florida, where the conservative governor famously scuttled a government-subsidized high-speed passenger rail line, a private railroad company is pushing ahead with plans to…

VIDEO: Double Impact in Car Conversion
By Tom Niemisto September 20, 2012

With higher vehicle mileage standards targeting 54.5 miles per gallon, and new emphasis on domestic battery production, Minnesotans can drive their values in more…

VIDEO: Driving With Volts Not Gallons
By Tom Niemisto September 13, 2012

As new technology emerges for more efficient transportation, it's a bit of a chicken and egg story. Will consumers embrace new fuel efficiency upgrades…

Forgetting About Cutting Consumption?
By Conrad deFiebre September 12, 2012

By 2025, if all goes as planned by automakers and the federal government, the average American car will get 54.5 miles per gallon of…

Second Thoughts About Second-Story Transportation
By Conrad deFiebre August 30, 2012

Even though I seldom venture downtown, I've always thought the Minneapolis skyway system -- the most extensive and successful in the United States --…

The Ryan Budget and Transportation
By Conrad deFiebre August 16, 2012

This week Minnesota leaders studying transportation policy alternatives for the next 20 years learned that expected revenues will cover less than half of the…

Free Parking’s High Cost, Another Example
By Conrad deFiebre August 02, 2012

Walker Church in south Minneapolis, where I had hung out for the past 41 years, burned to the ground in May after a lightning…

Transit Gets a Break
By Conrad deFiebre July 19, 2012

"We can feel pretty good about the level funding and support for transit in Minnesota," Tony Kellen, president of the Minnesota Public Transit Association,…

VIDEO: Start them Young on Transit
By Joe Sheeran July 05, 2012

Many big city school districts already use public transit to transport high school students. Minneapolis started a similar pilot about three years ago and…

Lake Street: Not so great—yet
By Conrad deFiebre July 03, 2012

Lake Street is the commercial lifeline of south Minneapolis, teeming with storefront businesses, the state's second-busiest bus route and thousands of cars and trucks…

VIDEO: Fuel Standards Will Push Technology
By Tom Niemisto June 28, 2012

The federal government has worked with auto manufacturers on aggressive fuel economy standards. Current standards for 2016 will reach 35.5mpg; and if approved, the…

Finding a New Way to Pay for Roads
By Will Nissen June 28, 2012

Through inflation and efficiency standards, the gas tax—which funds road repairs and highway construction—isn't going as far. Americans are driving less, fuel efficiency is…

Getting the Most from Transit Synergies
By Conrad deFiebre June 25, 2012

It doesn't take rocket science to figure out that all modes of transportation support and complement each other. Even astronauts drive to the base…

VIDEO: Finding Bikeways in Northeast
By Tom Niemisto June 07, 2012

Decades ago it was and industrial center the Twin Cities, but Northeast Minneapolis neighborhoods have since become a thriving arts district, and with that…

Make That Bike Walk + Transit Week
By Conrad deFiebre June 04, 2012

Transit and human-powered transportation have gone hand-in-hand since the first horse-drawn streetcars plied city streets in the 19th century. Despite the current dominance of…

Here’s the Good News on Bicycling
By Conrad deFiebre May 24, 2012

As we approach Twin Cities Bike Walk Week June 2-10, there's so much positive news about foot-powered transportation that it's hard to cram it…

Rough Road Ahead
By Conrad deFiebre May 10, 2012

Estimates of a "secret tax" U.S. motorists pay for driving on bad roads run from $15 billion to $67 billion a year, at the…

Prosperity Catalyst
By Conrad deFiebre April 25, 2012

The late namesake of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome famously observed that without professional sports the Twin Cities would be nothing more than "a…

Conservative By-pass of Infrastructure
By Conrad deFiebre April 12, 2012

It's mid-April in Minnesota, and our state policymakers are still pussyfooting around their best chance to rev up a sluggish economy: Investing in growth-producing…

VIDEO: Coffee Buzz via Bicycle
By Tom Niemisto April 02, 2012

A strong bicycle infrastructure fits into transportation decisions for commuters as well as companies who's goods and services align with an environmental mission. Peace…

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