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ATVs on the Road: A Legalized Risk
By Conrad deFiebre May 15, 2014

An encouraging decrease in deaths and injuries has been documented by traffic crash statistics in recent years. But, strangely, these reports do not include…

Getting Away with Homicide
By Conrad deFiebre May 08, 2014

It's "The Perfect Crime." Run over someone with your motor vehicle and odds are you won't face any punishment. A Freakonomics podcast this month…

Met Council Plans Go Wrong, but Not as the Right Imagines
By Conrad deFiebre May 01, 2014

"Forcing more people to live in multifamily housing ... Subsidizing expensive alternatives to driving ... Diverting gas taxes and other highway funds ... Converting…

A Perfect Climate for Biking and Walking
By Conrad deFiebre April 24, 2014

It's a welcome sign of spring when Nice Ride Minnesota's sturdy green bicycles appear at docking stations in the Twin Cities. This year's rollout…

Minnesota Lags in DWI Prevention
By Conrad deFiebre April 17, 2014

Before I sobered up more than 30 years ago, I habitually drove drunk. Luckily, I never caused a crash or faced DWI charges --…

Sprawl is Real, and It’s Here
By Conrad deFiebre April 10, 2014

Conservative apologists for sprawl try to deny that it's even a real phenomenon, some even draping dismissive quotation marks around the word. Around here, it's a right-wing obsession to…

Video: Equitable Access to SWLRT’s Promised Prosperity
By Briana Johnson April 10, 2014

North Minneapolis residents, community organizers and faith leaders want to ensure their neighborhoods are included in southwest light rail's promised regional prosperity. They strongly…

Finally, a Fix for Backup Crashes
By Conrad deFiebre April 03, 2014

Have you ever caused a collision while backing up your motor vehicle? I have, twice tapping other cars while leaving supermarket parking spaces. Both…

Who’s No. 1? Not Us
By Conrad deFiebre March 27, 2014

"The greatest country on earth." How many times have you heard that accolade applied to the United States by politicians and ordinary citizens, many of…

More Dangerous, More Costly: An Analysis of Transportation Outsourcing
By Michael Diedrich and Sylvia O'Brien, Graduate Research Fellow March 26, 2014

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd Contrary to popular belief, outsourced school transportation services generally have weaker safety records and are more…

Southwest LRT and the NIMBY Veto
By Conrad deFiebre March 20, 2014

As crunch time for the proposed Southwest light rail line looms, the controversy over where it should run and what should move out of…

Video: Progress Almost on Our Doorstep
By Briana Johnson March 17, 2014

The Green Line light rail's testing and training is rolling along. Starting June 14, it will begin taking passengers from Target Field in downtown…

Invisible Transit Riders
By Conrad deFiebre March 13, 2014

Transit advocates celebrated this week's news that U.S. urban rail, bus and other public transportation vehicles provided 10.7 billion rides in 2013, a level not seen since…

Improving Bike-safety Along Franklin Ave
By Nicole Simms March 12, 2014

The Twin Cities feature hundreds of miles of bike lanes, boulevards, and paths, and Minneapolis is often lauded as one of the most bike-friendly…

Obama’s Transportation Legacy
By Conrad deFiebre March 06, 2014

With his high-speed intercity passenger rail initiative sidetracked by conservative opposition, some of it warranted, and other factors such as deep difficulties with California's project before…

Carless or Not, Pedestrians Deserve Better
By Conrad deFiebre February 26, 2014

In Washington, D.C., a relatively friendly place in the United States for nonmotorized travel, a man named Joseph Brown was walking to his transit…

Mileage Fees without Big Brother
By Conrad deFiebre February 20, 2014

America's ongoing privacy wars, turbocharged by Edward Snowden's NSA revelations, have overshadowed the many benefits of charging drivers for the miles they travel instead of…

A Perfect Storm of Transportation Appeals
By Conrad deFiebre February 13, 2014

In my six-plus years as MN2020's transportation fellow, I've seen lots of urgent appeals for more money for roads, bridges, transit and alternative modes -- but never as…

Should Safety Take a Back Seat to Privacy?
By Conrad deFiebre February 06, 2014

It's just a snapshot in time, but Minnesota's annual traffic fatality count shows a disturbing increase this week over the same point last year. We…

Diversion, Education Right for Traffic Offenders
By Conrad deFiebre January 30, 2014

It's been called a blow for Big Government struck by one of the Legislature's most conservative members, and another beneficiary is Big Insurance. The losers…

The Green Line: Back to the Transit Future
By Conrad deFiebre January 23, 2014

Sixty years after the end of rail transit in Minnesota was celebrated with a streetcar blaze in the St. Paul Midway, it will return to the heart of…

Bakken’s Boom is Minnesota’s Peril
By Conrad deFiebre January 16, 2014

Hundreds of tons of crude oil that exploded and burned, causing the small town of Casselton, North Dakota's evacuation on Dec. 30, was 25 miles…

A Real Fix for the 74 Percent
By Conrad deFiebre January 09, 2014

In good economic times and bad, in days of tax reform or no new taxes no matter what, one fiscal consensus has held firm…

Video: MN2020 2013 Rewind
By Briana Johnson December 26, 2013

With the end of the year approaching, let's look back on some of the issues that captured public policy headlines in 2013. In some…

Back to the Future with Bike Power
By Conrad deFiebre December 19, 2013

The year was 1897 and the Twin Cities were feeling the political repercussions of an emerging mode of transportation that raised the hackles of walkers,…

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