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Metro Congestion Even Worse
By Conrad deFiebre September 18, 2007

  Twin Cities rush-hour commuters waste nearly $800 and the equivalent of a work week sitting in traffic each year, and the problem keeps…

Minnesotans Ready for Transit, Aren't Buying the Bashing
By Conrad deFiebre September 13, 2007

  Transit-bashing is a favorite parlor game of anti-tax conservatives, but the evidence is growing that most Minnesotans aren't buying it. To hear the…

We're Disappointed. Are You?
By Minnesota 2020 September 11, 2007

  As the Legislature's special session convenes today, Minnesota 2020 wants to bring your opinions to the debate. Six weeks ago, the Interstate 35W…

Who Loses Without a Special Session?
By Conrad deFiebre & Matt Entenza, Minnesota 2020 Board Chair September 06, 2007

  A short five weeks after the Interstate 35W bridge collapsed, killing 13, Minnesota's leaders have already dropped their push for prompt attention to…

Bad Bridges, Bad Votes
By Conrad deFiebre August 30, 2007

  State Sen. Dick Day and Rep. Randy Demmer are rivals for the Republican nomination for southeastern Minnesota's seat in the U.S. House next…

Twin Cities Residents Want Transit: Let's Commit to Funding It
By Matt Clark, Transit for Livable Communities August 29, 2007

  In Minnesota, we take care of our communities, but we've been remarkably shortsighted on transportation. The Twin Cities region has changed dramatically over…

As We Respond to Disasters, Let's Get our Facts Straight
By Conrad deFiebre August 21, 2007

  Severe weekend flooding in southeastern Minnesota that destroyed lives, homes, roads and bridges should add momentum to State Capitol discussions of a possible…

Scary at Any Speed
By Conrad deFiebre August 17, 2007

  Among the many Minnesota bridges deemed structurally shakier than the Interstate Hwy. 35W span that collapsed, killing at least nine people, there's one…

Transportation Problems Can't Wait
By Conrad deFiebre August 14, 2007

Published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune Conservatives are exceptionally good at politicizing emotion. From the headlong rush toward a half-trillion-dollar misadventure in Iraq to…

The Pawlenty U-Turn
By Conrad deFiebre August 07, 2007

  Gov. Tim Pawlenty's announcement in the wake of the deadly Interstate Hwy. 35W bridge collapse that he will seek a "comprehensive long-term solution"…

Special Election Could Change Transportation Picture
By Conrad deFiebre August 06, 2007

  Minnesotans' long wait in traffic for truly significant progress on the state's vital transportation systems could come down, strangely, to a little-noticed special…

Structurally Unsound
By Conrad deFiebre August 06, 2007

  About 70 highway bridges in the Twin Cities metropolitan area were rated two years ago as less structurally sound than the I-35W span…

451 Minnesota Bridges "Functionally Obsolete"
By Conrad deFiebre August 02, 2007

  The Interstate Hwy. 35W bridge that tragically collapsed into the Mississippi River Wednesday evening was one of 1,135 road spans in Minnesota rated…

Time is Money: Conservatives Slowed Northstar, Ran Up Costs
By Conrad deFiebre August 01, 2007

Imagine this: Sleek passenger trains whisking workers, students, sports fans and even disabled veterans along the busy Minneapolis-St. Cloud corridor at speeds approaching 80…

Back to the Future: A Minneapolis streetcar revival
By Conrad deFiebre July 23, 2007

Minneapolis planners are working to revive a long-lost piece of Twin Cities history - a streetcar system that once was the envy of the…

Plug-In Hybrids: Building Our Way Out of a Problem
By Ben Pierson, Chuck Green Civic Engagement Fellow July 18, 2007

  Despite conservative resistance, Minnesota is emerging as a national leader in the development of bio-fuels, wind energy and renewable energy standards. Now there's…

Road, Bridge Investments Falling Ever Shorter
By Conrad deFiebre July 12, 2007

If you've ever wondered why you're stuck in traffic so often on Twin Cities freeways, look no farther than the Minnesota Department of Transportation's…

State Slow on Mass Transit
By Conrad deFiebre July 11, 2007

  Minnesotans are voting with their feet and their dollars for mass transit, pushing commuter bus and train travel across the entire state to…

Rural Traffic Deaths: An Untold Tragedy
By John Fitzgerald July 01, 2007

  What you may know: More people die on Minnesota roads during holidays than during the rest of the year. What you may not…

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