Met Council

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Condo residents disappointed, but resigning themselves to SWLRT agreement

    While the mayor's office and Metro Council may have reached a compromise on the Southwest Light Rail Transit project earlier this week, there certainly hasn't been universal acclaim for the agreement. People have complained about the route for countless reasons -- noise, vibrations, foliage, you nam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Southwest LRT takes step forward with Minneapolis, Met Council agreement

    It might not seem like much to those who haven't followed the project closely, but the proposed Southwest LRT line took a significant step forward yesterday with the announcement of an agreement between Minneapolis and the Met Council about how the line will move through Minneapolis.Minneapolis offi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Green Line construction didn't scare businesses from Central Corridor -- quite the opposite

    One of the arguments rail haters made when LRT line being seriously discussed for University Avenue was that construction itself would kill local businesses.With University ripped up for years, parking would be hard to find, and customers would forsake the Central Corridor in favor of more accessibl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    Green Line LRT won't run late enough to get you home at bar close time

    With the Green Line's official opening set for June 14, details about the line's logistics have now been released.SEE ALSO: Check out this awesome time-lapse tour of the Central Corridor [VIDEO] The Met Council says trains will run every 10 minutes during the day, and every 15 minutes in the evening ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Green Line -- aka, Central Corridor LRT -- officially set for June opening

    The Met Council announced this morning that the first Green Line LRT train carrying passengers will run between downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis this June.Light rail service will begin btwn Minneapolis and St. Paul on Saturday, June 14. We can't wait to celebrate with you! #GreenLineTC-- M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Met Council not concerned about Southwest LRT's exclusion from Dayton's bonding bill

    For the Met Council, getting some bonding bucks for Southwest LRT would be like icing on the proverbial cake -- a nice bonus, but not necessary.SEE ALSO: Mpls committee approves streetcar plan called "boondoggle of highest order" by Cam WintonThe council asked Dayton for $81 million for that purpos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Surly breaks ground on brewery nearly three years in the making

    When Surly Brewing started construction on a $20 million beer paradise yesterday morning, it was a groundbreaking nearly three years and a state law in the making. See Also: Surly confirms Prospect Park for new brewery location Surly founder Omar Ansari on the MN brewing scene and "what makes a ... More >>

  • News

    February 12, 2013

    How They Met

    Twin Cities couples on the moment they found love

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    White Bear Lake's sudden shrinkage: DNR sued by group demanding less water pumping

    Yesterday, the DNR was sued by a citizens' group calling itself the White Bear Lake Restoration Association. With the lake dramatically shrinking over the last decade or so, the group is demanding the DNR limit the amount of water cities can pump from the aquifer beneath it.SEE ALSO: White Bear Lake ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    $100 million typo complicates case for keeping freight trains out of St. Louis Park

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    43 percent of Minneapolis lives alone (that's 16 percent higher than the national average)

    You might say we're independent. Independent, not lonely. Or ahead of the curve, yeah, that's it. Because everybody's doing it: A full 27 percent of U.S. households -- 31 million, to be exact -- boast just one occupant. That's a three fold increase from 1950, when a mere 9 percent of households shel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    White Bear Lake neighbor from hell is a Met Council executive assistant [UPDATE]

    If the most recent allegations against her are true -- and based on her track record, it's nearly impossible to believe they aren't -- you have to wonder what the decision makers at the Metropolitan Council saw and continue to see in Lori Christensen.Christensen -- 49, a single mother, and employed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    MinnPost skewered by commenters over conflict of interest controversy

    ​Quite the controversy developed on normally staid MinnPost yesterday. The kerfuffle was over a piece entitled, "How MPR's legal misadventure is driving up the cost of LRT line," written by Steven Dornfeld. Framed as a straight news piece, it summarizes MPR's now-settled lawsuit against the Met Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    Met Council, Dakota County can't agree on bus color scheme

    Dakota County officials apparently aren't fans of this design -- they want their buses to be red.​Yellow and blue with red trim, or red and blue with yellow trim? This is the intractable issue confronting policy makers on the Met Council and in Dakota County.You see, the Met Council wants the colo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Central Corridor undergoing redevelopment, but at what cost?

    ​Two years before its scheduled opening, the area along the Met Council's $957 million Central Corridor project is already undergoing redevelopment  -- but is it a case of government throwing good money after bad?

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    60 million Metro Transit Bus riders can't be wrong

    This is the familiar scene as you try not to get groped and/or grope other passengers.​There's no better way to travel than the metro bus. Everyone's jammed in next to each other, with some preppy architecture student's sketch bag poking the ribs of a lawyer who is shouting into his cellphone -- a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Metro Transit on crash course with major layoffs, fare hikes

    ​The looming government shutdown will almost certainly impact bus and light rail service across the Twin Cities. But the long-range impact of the budget mess carries even worse news for commuters. Metro Transit will be forced to lay off 500 employees, eliminate 200 bus routes, and curtail service ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Metro Transit will try to keep running during shutdown

    ​Transit riders can relax, at least for a little while. The Met Council says that Metro Transit buses, trains, light rail and Metro Mobility will all continue to operate regular services if or when state government is shut down by the budget impasse. But the council says transit services can' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Republicans want to strip Met Council of transportation authority

    MN SenateSen. Claire Robling wants to take transportation planning away from Met Council​A proposal to overhaul the Metropolitan Council--the agency responsible for long-term transportation planning, including bringing in money to expand light rail--is gaining ground in the Legislature. At the he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Central Corridor light rail wins $460 million from feds

    The feds agree to help fund the Central Corridor line.​The 11-mile Central Corridor light rail project has taken a major step forward. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says the check is in the mail for the $460 million federal grant the project was banking on. The Federal Transit Administration OK'd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Central Corridor work begins, along with traffic jams

    The Central Corridor project begins in earnest.​Despite the objections of some suburban state lawmakers who have a sudden and unusual interest in the business climate along University Avenue, heavy construction has started on the Central Corridor light rail project. Here are the major detours ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Metro Transit may hike fares 25 cents

    Higher fares in 2012.​Metro Transit had a petty good year in 2010. With the exception of the new North Star commuter rail line, ridership was up across the board and is now at a 25-year high. And major work on the Central Corridor light rail project starts this spring. Next year might not be so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Washington Avenue Bridge lane closures begin for light rail construction

    WikipediaThe Central Corridor light rail will cross the Mississippi on the Washington Avenue Bridge.​Driving back and forth between the East and West Bank campuses at the U of M is about to get trickier, because crews are going to start lane closures on Saturday related to light rail construct ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Central Corridor light rail federal spending quadruples in Obama's FY2012 budget

    Light rail gets a boost from Obama.​Federal spending on the Central Corridor light rail project would quadruple from $45 million this year to $200 million next year under President Barack Obama's new $3.7 trillion budget. Members of the Met Council, which oversees the project and has cast it as a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Central Corridor light rail: 60-day congressional review begins

    All aboard for St. Paul?​Congress has 60 days to approve funding for its half of the $957 million cost of a light rail line linking Minneapolis to St. Paul. The clock was set in motion when the Federal Transit Administration sent the approved Full Funding Grant Agreement to Capitol Hill, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Met Council approves light rail from Minneapolis to Eden Prairie

    Coming to the southwest suburbs​Plans for a third light rail line connecting downtown Minneapolis and Eden Prairie have won approval from the Met Council. The 14-mile, $1.25 billion Southwest Corridor route will run through Minnetonka, Hopkins and St. Louis Park and link up downtown with the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Central Corridor light rail construction timeline

    Central Corridor construction gets going this fall​Work on the first three miles of the planned 11-mile light rail link between Minneapolis and St. Paul starts in September and will continue through November 2012, according to a timeline just released by the Met Council. The work this fall ce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    Free bus/train rides tonight for St. Patty's Day

    Metro Transit is doing their part to get the inebriated fools home safely tonight after their evenings of green beer and Guiness.

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2008

    9/26 Morning Must Reads

    Friday's five most interesting stories printed on wood pulp.

  • News

    August 15, 2007

    Who's to Blame?

    In the wake of the I-35W bridge collapse, it's time to take a hard look at the politicians and policies that may have contributed to the disaster

  • News

    February 7, 2007
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    April 20, 2005

    Not in Service

    Will the Met Council's proposed solution to a $60-million funding shortfall end bus service as we know it?

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2005

    Crosstown Project: A Smokescreen for Transit Cuts?

    Crosstown Project: A Smokescreen for Transit Cuts? The news came in the form of a press release from MnDOT that Carol Molnau, Governor Pawlenty's "Transportation Czar," had "accepted" a plan to rebuild Minnesota Highway 62. Depending on who you talked to, Molnau either agreed to the recommendation ... More >>

  • News

    March 10, 2004

    You Can't Get There from Here

    Is the bus shutdown part of the Governor's grand plan?

  • News

    February 4, 2004

    Cut the Crap

    Sewage sludge: Fertilizer or public menace?

  • Books

    April 10, 2002

    Built for Conflict

    Steve Minn's gotta fight for his right to develop

  • Books

    October 3, 2001


    Lisa McDonald talks about going from a contender to an also-ran, and hints at a future return

  • News

    May 23, 2001

    Teds Excellent Adventure

    Ted Mondale thought he could sweet-talk the 'burbs into building their share of affordable housing-- but Eagan told him to get lost.

  • News

    February 14, 2001

    Dr. Gridlock

    Lynn Woodward sold men's clothing, made millions in real estate, and raced Corvettes at 120 mph. Now he dreams of a car-free society.

  • Books

    November 4, 1998

    Let Them Eat Sludge Cake

    A new plan for disposing of metro-area sewage has critics crying foul

  • News

    July 8, 1998


    Will the Twin Cities' light rail megaproject get any cars off the streets? Help the environment? Save any money? Not necessarily, say its supporters--but that's not the point.

  • News

    December 25, 1996
  • News

    May 22, 1996

    Deconcentrating Poverty and Other Scams

    How a growing number of Twin Cities neighborhoods are driving out the poor.

  • News

    April 3, 1996
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    March 27, 1996
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    February 14, 1996
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    December 27, 1995
  • News

    November 15, 1995

    Swept Away

    The likely demolition of over 700 public housing units in north Minneapolis will scatter people who live there and open up 73 acres of prime real estate at downtown's edge. Is it a matter of civic renewal or a land grab?

  • News

    November 8, 1995
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    October 25, 1995

    Taken For a Ride

    A trail of audits and an internal investigation suggest there may have been millions of dollars worth of loss and theft at the bus company over the years. Dick Lindgren says he found out the hard way that his bosses didn't want to know.

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