Moving Minnesota's Public Debate Forward

Transportation

A robust transportation infrastructure moves Minnesota forward.

High-and-Higher-Speed Rail on Track

A heated debate broke out this month over America's high-speed passenger rail dreams —between two icons of the so-called "lamestream liberal media."  First, the New York Times, in a news article written by my former Star Tribune colleague Ron Nixon, reported that despite nearly $11 billion in federal spending since 2009, "the projects have gone mostly nowhere." Nixon cited critics who say the Obama administration "made the mistake of parceling out the money to upgrade existing Amtrak service." This drew a quick rebuttal from Michael Grunwald in Time. He noted…

VIDEO: Building Transit for Better Equity

The plan to bring the Southwest Light Rail Project from Minneapolis to Eden Prairie has moved another step forward. The Minneapolis City Council voted 6-1 to approve the Minneapolis portion of the plan at a standing-room only public hearing this week.  Many feel the Southwest train line will be a great start to help bring equity to the community by creating new jobs especially for women and people of color in the Twin Cities metro. The total cost of the project is estimated at $1.66 billion. The Minneapolis city council…