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Video: New Infrastructure Equals More Jobs
By Briana Johnson December 16, 2013

The BlueGreen Alliance is joining a number of other experts, calling on state policymakers to invest in infrastructure. The organization's new report estimated that…

This is How We Roll
By Conrad deFiebre December 12, 2013

As in much of the rest of America, people in the Twin Cities are driving less but riding transit, bicycling and walking more. And…

On Parking, Transit and Economic Fairness
By Conrad deFiebre December 05, 2013

A while back I debunked the conservative myth of "empty buses," noting that while sometimes transit runs with few riders and other times with…

A New Way to Gas Up
By Conrad deFiebre November 21, 2013

Until the day the last ounce of the earth's fossil fuels is used up -- probably burned to power air-conditioning on an overheated planet…

Reforming Parking, from the Ramp Down
By Conrad deFiebre November 07, 2013

The groundbreaking work of UCLA Prof. Donald Shoup demolishing the myth of "free parking" has spurred a nationwide burst of creative thinking around reforming…

Water Bill Vote Shows Faith in Government Solutions
By Conrad deFiebre October 31, 2013

In a lurch toward sweet bipartisanship, the U.S. House of Representatives, AKA Shutdown Central, last week approved the long-delayed Water Resources Reform and Development…

Conservative Utah Shows Us the Way
By Conrad deFiebre October 24, 2013

Last year, an advisory committee appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton issued a bold plan to close an estimated $50 billion gap in the funding…

Reconsidering Photo-Cop
By Conrad deFiebre October 17, 2013

Driving Interstate Hwy. 380 through Iowa a while back, I was busted by a speed camera. I didn't know it until weeks later, when…

Collaboration, Policy Needed for Complete Streets
By Conrad deFiebre October 10, 2013

Last week in this space we looked at the Minnesota Department of Transportation's somewhat halting adoption of a legally mandated "Complete Streets" philosophy that…

Complete Streets, Incomplete Implementation
By Conrad deFiebre October 03, 2013

When Minnesota officials of the former state highway department began planning a repaving project on Hwy. 61 in White Bear Lake recently, they told…

Chinese Rail Debunks Autocentric Myth
By Conrad deFiebre September 26, 2013

China’s high speed passenger rail service is rapidly being developed and implemented. Almost the opposite is true in the United States. China, with its…

Making Shared Wheels More Convenient
By Conrad deFiebre September 19, 2013

What if car- and bicycle-sharing could be as simple and convenient as owning -- at a fraction of the price? Some transportation leaders see…

A Sharp Pencil for Traffic Safety
By Conrad deFiebre September 17, 2013

With eight traffic deaths on a recent weekend, Minnesota's road fatality toll remains on pace for a second straight yearly increase. This is generally in line…

Time to Call in the Fixers for Southwest LRT
By Conrad deFiebre September 05, 2013

An associate of mine with a rich background in politics says his favorite characters in the movie "Lincoln" are the "fixers." This motley band…

Is Drunken Walking the Newest Traffic Scourge?
By Conrad deFiebre August 29, 2013

You can't drive drunk in Minnesota without risking serious consequences. You can't even vote if you're "obviously intoxicated." But there are no laws against…

Bike Share is Nicer Than You Think
By Conrad deFiebre August 22, 2013

Nice Ride Minnesota, the Twin Cities' pioneering bicycle-sharing system, is serving about 4,000 annual members and more than 40,000 unique 24-hour subscribers in its fourth…

Best Chance for State Investment is Going, Going, but Not Gone
By Conrad deFiebre August 15, 2013

After more than a decade of state budget crises brought on by so-called conservative fiscal policies, Minnesotans are beginning to reap the benefits of…

What’s Next for Minneapolis Biking
By Conrad deFiebre August 01, 2013

USA TODAY recently listed the best urban bicycle paths in the United States, and Minneapolis' Midtown Greenway came in No. 1. The national newspaper…

Reimagining Airport Parking
By Conrad deFiebre July 25, 2013

At Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, there are 23,600 public parking spaces, most serving the main Terminal 1 (nee Lindbergh) and often crammed to capacity…

Should Minnesota Embrace Plug-in Vehicles?
By Ross Abbey, Guest Commentary July 23, 2013

Editor's note: Minnesota 2020 recently ran an article suggesting that electric cars aren't as environmentally friendly as advertised, especially when factoring in the mining…

Electric Avenue: No Freeway to a Clean Future
By Conrad deFiebre July 11, 2013

The Sisters of St. Joseph who live across the street from me in south Minneapolis tend their lawn with an electric mower. One of…

Paying for Roads, Rails, and Waterways
By Michael Freedman July 02, 2013

The Minnesota Department of Transportation estimates that by 2035, over 1 billion tons of freight, valued at over $1 trillion, will move through Minnesota…

New BRT Line Key for Transit’s Future
By Conrad deFiebre June 26, 2013

With relatively little fanfare, the Twin Cities' first bus rapid transit (BRT) line opened Saturday along Cedar Avenue from Apple Valley to the Mall…

Bike-Walk Work Deserves its Own Season
By Conrad deFiebre June 20, 2013

To Minnesota's two universally acknowledged seasons -- winter and road construction -- we can add a third: bikeway openings. Bike Walk Twin Cities, the…

User Pays? Less Than You Think for Roads
By Conrad deFiebre June 13, 2013

In the nearly six years I've been doing research, analysis and advocacy at MN2020, I've consistently championed the "user-pays" principle for transportation, especially the…

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