A couple days ago we featured video of a Green Line train that appeared just about poised to hit a vehicle passing through an intersection with a green light.The clip raises questions about how train operators, um, conduct themselves as they navigate alongside automobile traffic on busy University ... More >>
A new University of Minnesota study looking at the number of jobs accessible by transit in 46 of America's largest metros ranks the Twin Cities 13th, but it doesn't account for the Green Line, Andrew Owen, director of the U's Accessibility Observatory and lead researcher for the project, tells us."A ... More >>
The next time you're waiting for your flight to unload at MSP Airport, look out the window for a bald bag handler with a ZZ Top beard. You see him? That's Eric Wickstrom. He earns $12 an hour and can count himself among the luckier airport workers because he doesn't earn $8. See also:Fast-food ... More >>
Two months after Minneapolis approved an ordinance legitimizing so-called app-based Transportation Network Companies like Lyft and Uber, the cab companies have introduced an app that functions in largely the same way.TruTaxi allows customers to get price quotes, book rides, track and rate drivers, a ... More >>
This morning, the Minneapolis City Council approved an ordinance regulating so-called Transportation Network Companies like Lyft and UberX .Council also approved changes to the city's taxi ordinance that deregulate cab companies to an extent in hopes they'll be able to compete with the new TNCs.See ... More >>
Yesterday, the Minneapolis Community Development & Regulatory Services Committee unanimously approved a new ordinance that will regulate so-called "transportation network companies" like Lyft and UberX, along with changes to the city's taxi ordinance.The vote means the package of new regulations ... More >>
This week, the Minneapolis City Council Transportation and Public Works Committee will get its first crack at the city's revised taxi regulations and its brand-new "Transportation Network Companies" ordinance. If they approve it, it'll head to the full council for consideration during next week's me ... More >>
A few weeks ago, the Minnesota Commerce Department issued a warning to folks considering using so-called "transportation network companies" like Lyft or Uber."The Commerce Department wants Minnesotans to know that there may be gaps in auto insurance coverage for both the drivers and passengers using ... More >>
Most folks are aware that Lyft and Uber are already up and running in Minneapolis. But did you realize the smartphone-based "next-gen taxi" services are essentially operating illegally right now?To rectify that situation, City Council Member Jacob Frey is working on an ordinance that would regulate ... More >>
The Federal Aviation Administration is currently in the process of automating takeoff and landing routes at airports throughout the country.SEE ALSO: Interest in flights from MSP to Denver has never been higher since Colorado legalized pot It's akin to driving with cruise control. The possibility fo ... More >>
Unmanned aerial vehicles (otherwise known as UAVs or drones) have been some of the most controversial robotic entities of the 21st century, primarily because of their surveillance and killing capabilities. But recently, there's been a movement away from using drones solely as pseudo-war machines. Un ... More >>
Twin Cities-based imprints reflect on how higher prices will change business
The decade-old phenomenon that was the Postal Service is coming to the Twin Cities later this year. A little while back, the team of Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) and Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel) announced they'd reform, play some shows, and Give Up would receive a deluxe 10th anniversary reissue in ... More >>
In September 2006, Duluth resident Joan Najbar sent a letter to her son, Sam Eininger, a National Guard solider who was stationed in Iraq. The next month, her letter was returned, unopened, but adorned with this stamp: "DECEASED"SEE ALSO: Downtown Minneapolis invaded by Black Hawk helicopters [PHOTO ... More >>
A group of St. Louis Park residents have been outspoken in their opposition to the preliminary plan for the Southwest LRT route, as it would reroute freight train traffic from south Minneapolis through their community.SEE ALSO: Business community comes out in support of Southwest LRTThe group, Safet ... More >>
File this one in the 'what in God's name were these people thinking?' department.On Sunday, the Star Tribune's Kelly Smith told the story of Vivian Rhode, 75, and her niece Peggy Larson, 64. In late March, the two women were on an Amtrak train traveling from Michigan to St. Cloud, where they planned ... More >>
Eat it, Portland!The U.S. Postal Service chose Minneapolis as the place to unveil its new series of four bicycle-themed stamps during a ceremony yesterday. Each stamp depicts a different type of biker -- a child just learning to ride with training wheels, a commuter pedaling to work, a road racer in ... More >>
Neither rain, nor sleet, nor plume of weapons-grade anthrax stays these couriers come May 6. That Sunday, the Minnesota Department of Health will launch a dry run of an anthrax attack response using postal workers and law enforcement escorts. It's a strategy that's been studied nationally since 200 ... More >>
Rochester mailmen are mad as hell and they aren't going to take it anymore.The U.S. Postal Service has suspended mail delivery to Rochester's Parkside Mobile Home Park following 42 "animal incidents" last year, most all of which presumably involved loose dogs. Parkside's roughly 100 residents wil ... More >>
The bill providing long-term funding for the Federal Aviation Administration is a case study in how complicated legislation coming before the U.S. Senate can be. As a condition of funding the FAA long-term, congressional Republicans demanded that the percentage of transportation workers' signatur ... More >>
?Michele Bachmann, like the rest of congress, is on recess during the month of August. Normally, she'd spend recess on the swings or practicing her cheer routines.But this year, she's running for President of the United States of Iowa, which means she's zooming around on a moment's notice: Last week ... More >>
WikipediaPeople in affected areas have 60 days to comment on the closures.The U.S. Postal Service might be closing thousands of post offices across the country, and 88 of those being considered for permanent shutdown are in Minnesota.The Postal Service released a list of 3,653 prospective branche ... More >>
Seven months have passed since Gayngs lost out on the opportunity to play a prominent slot at the Austin City Limits festival, which they were forced to cancel after their bus driver absconded with all of their belongings and gear. And now, thanks to a sympathetic jury in Nashville, Tennessee, th ... More >>
Either the party went on too long, or it was just getting started, but either way an AirTran Airways pilot was arrested at 5:45 a.m. on Saturday for allegedly hitting the sauce before going to work. So the party's over. After TSA officer smelled alcohol on the pilot's breath, MSP police nabb ... More >>
garlandcannonYour mail carrier doesn't want to see this.All winter long, Minneapolis mail carriers slog through snow drifts. In the summer they're bombarded by the State Bird (not that one, this one). And all year long they have to worry about mean-ass dogs tearing a chunk of meat out of thei ... More >>
Samantha VelderPoodle tragedy narrowly averted.Stacey Champion showed up at the post office on 12th Street North in downtown Minneapolis last Tuesday and tried to send a poodle to Georgia in a Priority Mail box with no air or food. Postal workers realized something was wrong when Champion paid ... More >>
Ramsey County Regional Rail AuthorityUnion Depot is being transformed into a regional transportation hub.There was a time after World War II when 20,000 rail passengers a day traveled through the Union Depot in St. Paul. Its 18 tracks served trains that ranged as far and wide as Chicago and t ... More >>
Photo: Chor IpA king's ransom in luggage.Shelling out for airline baggage fees is the worst. But not as infuriating as finding out how much it all adds up to. In 2010 so far, the U.S. airlines have netted $2.6 billion in baggage fees. One airline blew its closest competitor out of the water ... More >>
President Obama unveiled his big plans for high-speed rail in the United States. His plan identifies ten high-speed rail corridors that could receive federal funding. And lucky us. The Twin Cities-Chicago connection was one of them.
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The United States Postal Service prides itself on it's one and only mission: "We Deliver". And if a major anthrax attack hits the United St ... More >>
If you happened to live next to it, in a half-million-dollar condo, you might identify the monumental concrete slab as an unfinished building foundation and consider it an eyesore.
Wait--isn't that what Northwest promised back in the early '90s, when it borrowed $270 from the MAC? Why yes, yes it is.
Northwest Airlines hasn't paid taxes on its Duluth maintenance facility since May 2005. Yeah, that maintenance facility, the one Minnesota taxpayers built for it in exchange for the airline's promise to create and retain decent jobs for skilled union mechanics.
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Yesterday, a sobering government report was released that should make all airline passengers cross their fingers as they lift off and land during the holiday rush. The U.S. Department of Transportation inspected noncertified repair centers operated by six different airlines, including on-site visits ... More >>
A statement from Northwest Airlines in today's Star Tribune takes the paper to task. It's looooong on details and technical jargon and probably intended to look like a laundry list of errors made by the reporters, but to be so dull and impenetrable that most readers won't absorb anything other than ... More >>
THESE DAYS Under a new Dallas, Texas, ordinance, charities and churches will be allowed to serve food to the homeless only at approved locations. Violations will be punishable by fines of $200 to $2,000. The Federal Communications Commission has hired as an advisor an anti-pornography activist an ... More >>
Or, How to Make an Albatross Fly Why should Minnesotans care about the proposed merger in the headlines today, of America West and US Airways? Because the airline industry in general has been illin' for some time, and while Northwest is not, like US Airways, in Chapter 11, or, like America West, rec ... More >>
Ten years ago, Andersen Corporation, the world's largest window manufacturer, said it wanted to build a new factory in Bayport. According to the company, there was just one problem: a lack of suitable land. So Andersen turned to its friends in the legislature for help. In an end of the session ... More >>