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Self-Driving Cars and Highway Safety
By Conrad deFiebre June 05, 2013

"Self-driving vehicle development ... holds promising long-term safety benefits," U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the other day as his department's National Highway Traffic…

VIDEO: Haunting Memorial for Bicycle Safety
By Tom Niemisto June 03, 2013

Traveling around busy streets you may have seen a stripped down bicycle, painted white and locked to a traffic sign. Ghost Bikes are part…

Busting the Rail Bottleneck
By Conrad deFiebre May 29, 2013

When it comes to eliminating Twin Cities highway bottlenecks, there's hardly ever any controversy. There was no apparent opposition to rebuilding interchanges such as…

Streetcar Desire Heats Up
By Conrad deFiebre May 23, 2013

It's been nearly six years since I last posted about Minneapolis' plans for a streetcar revival, but except for a short park ride at…

Reimagining Transit
By Conrad deFiebre May 16, 2013

What if public transit operated more like a membership organization than an inexpensive shared taxi service? And what if the riders themselves helped govern…

VIDEO: Senior Housing on the Corridor
By Tom Niemisto May 02, 2013

In what's being called the largest construction project along the central corridor light rail line, Episcopal Homes Senior Housing broke ground Wednesday on a…

From Lab to Table: We Need a Label
By Becca Cohen, Macalester College May 01, 2013

Today’s grocery stores offer us a seemingly endless array of choices. Aside from brands, we can choose among gluten free, kosher, organic, and vegan…

Airports Will Survive Tower Closures
By Conrad deFiebre April 25, 2013

Minnesota's St. Cloud and Blaine airports won't be seriously affected by pending closures of their control towers due to federal sequestration spending cuts, local…

VIDEO: Bicycle Library
By Ellen Roos Tom Niemisto April 22, 2013

In communities with high rates of unemployment and chronic health problems, bicycles can provide an important gateway to jobs and wellness. Cycles for Change…

When Road Investments Pale, Focus on Access
By Conrad deFiebre April 18, 2013

It's hardly surprising that initiatives to raise Minnesota's less-than-average fuel tax have been abandoned at the Legislature, at least for this year. Like President…

A Belt and Suspenders for Transit
By Conrad deFiebre April 11, 2013

Gov. Mark Dayton's ambitious plan for Twin Cities transit development has drawn strong support from business groups, legislative leaders,  local officials and editorialists. But…

‘Beachfront Property’ in Minnesota
By Conrad deFiebre March 21, 2013

Realtors know that home values depend on three things: location, location, location. Not long ago, that meant splendid isolation in sprawling suburbs. No more.…

Driven to Poverty in the Suburbs
By Conrad deFiebre March 14, 2013

With their sprawling geography and spotty transit service, suburbs are a lousy place to be poor. But that hasn't stopped people struggling to reach…

VIDEO: Reducing the Gawker Factor
By Tom Niemisto March 04, 2013

Even a minor traffic incident can cause gridlock in a crowded rush hour commute. Transportation infrastructure gets tested every day in the Twin Cities…

Greater Minnesota Transit Growing
By Conrad deFiebre February 28, 2013

What do you call a public transit agency with a 2,672 percent increase in ridership over that past 14 years? Today it's the Minnesota Public…

An Odd Way to Promote Safety
By Conrad deFiebre February 14, 2013

Beginning in 2000, the federal government has poured $119.5 million into Minnesota traffic safety programs to combat the death and injury tolls of drunken…

VIDEO: The Incredible Snow Melting Machine
By Tom Niemisto February 07, 2013

This is the kind of week, most of us would really like having a snow melting machine. Maybe if you ask the City of…

An Evolved Transit City: Portland’s Lesson for Minneapolis
By Amber Collett, Guest Commentary February 04, 2013

As a car-less transplant now living in Portland, OR, I’ve spent a lot of time observing the city from a bus seat. This prompted…

Portugal and Barbados are Beating Us?
By Conrad deFiebre January 24, 2013

In 2002, the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report ranked the quality of U.S. infrastructure as fifth best internationally. In the latest report for…

Development Puts Green into the Green Line
By Conrad deFiebre January 17, 2013

Light rail trains won't start running between the Minneapolis and St. Paul downtowns until sometime next year, but already the project has spurred $1.2…

VIDEO: New Technology in Winter Clean Up
By Tom Niemisto January 10, 2013

Clearing streets of snow and ice is about a lot more than just a plow truck. St. Paul public works is implementing new technology…

VIDEO: Between Snow Events, At Work
By Tom Niemisto January 07, 2013

There's a common misconception that winter public works crews operate only during snow emergencies. Not the case, says Mike Kennedy, director of maintenance and…

Who Dares to Touch the Third Rail?
By Conrad deFiebre December 26, 2012

Conventional wisdom these days holds that the fuel taxes undergirding our roads and bridges cannot be raised without nasty political repercussions. Such hikes would…

A Tale of Two Bike Cities
By Amber Collett, Guest Commentary November 26, 2012

I moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Portland, Oregon in August. I was (and still am) madly in love with Minneapolis, but if I was…

Miss Daisy’s Doing the Driving Now
By Conrad deFiebre November 21, 2012

Honda has introduced a new version of its subcompact Fit for the Japanese market and it's aimed squarely at women. It comes in pink,…

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