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 >>
Around 10 a.m. Friday, a Metro Transit No. 10 bus veered off Nicollet Mall, hitting a lamppost, trash bins, and the WCCO TV building in the process.Riders reported that the driver was apparently having some sort of medical emergency in the moments before his bus veered off course, and he ended up be ... More >>
Two of Latrice Trotter's friends allege Minneapolis cops used excessive force by tasing the pregnant 19-year-old woman, causing her to fall on her stomach, before she was arrested around 11:30 p.m. on May 29.As is standard procedure in any incident involving a taser, the Minneapolis Police Departmen ... More >>
Around 8:30 p.m. last night, a Metro Transit Route 10 bus traveling southbound on 2nd Avenue North hit a pedestrian in the intersection of 2nd and Washington Avenue North.The circumstances surrounding the collision remain under investigation, but the pedestrian was transported to the hospital "consc ... More >>
Next month, St. Paul officials will hold two open houses about the city's plan to build a $246 million, four-mile streetcar line down West Seventh Street. The proposal will then go before the city's planning commission on January 24.SEE ALSO: Check out this awesome time-lapse tour of the Central Cor ... 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 >>
Plus, a WWE star fights on a light rail train
A couple weeks ago, former WWE star Shawn Daivari choked out a belligerent passenger while riding on the Hiawatha Line to the airport.SEE ALSO:-- Shawn Daivari, former WWE star, chokes out belligerent racist on Hiawatha Line Daivari said numerous people on the train hit the train's emergency help bu ... More >>
SEE ALSO: Route 16 bus altercation leads to homicide near CapitolSt. Paul police say that yesterday's fatal stabbing near the Capitol was the culmination of a dispute that began when two route 16 bus riders bumped into each other on the bus.Police say that Tim Dortch, 38, and Desmond Harper, 25, bum ... More >>
As the infamous Dad Boner of Twitter fame says, "we can't wait for the weekend, you guys."And this Saturday, of course, is St. Patrick's Day, the annual celebration of Ireland's patron saint drinking. Planning to tip a few back? Know that you can leave that troublesome car at home without having ... More >>
Perhaps San Francisco-based URS Corp. should just cease operations in the Twin Cities, because they've certainly had a bad run here during the past half-decade.Late last night, a cable support above the Martin Olav Sabo bike and pedestrian bridge gave way and ended up slumping precariously over t ... More >>
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 >>
Public transportation is about to get a whole lot sexier.This Sunday, hundreds of pantless people will look to bring a little (more) strangeness to everyone's favorite local mass transit with the fourth annual No-Pants Light Rail Ride. The event, which is being held in conjunction with several ... More >>
Tim Pawlenty's "Truth" campaign is a bit blurry.Tim Pawlenty keeps having to back away from his tough guy talk. This time, he was caught making up nonsense in Tennessee about facing down "the unions" in the "longest transit strike in the history of the United States." That certainly would ha ... More >>
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 >>
Federal funds grease the rails.So it turns out the $478 million check really was in the mail. We were a little leery last week when St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman used his State of the City address to declare federal funding had been approved to cover half the cost of the Central Corridor ligh ... More >>
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 >>
Patience, people. Patience.The Central Corridor light rail project forges ahead. Starting tomorrow, that means headaches for car commuters on I-35 downtown. Starting Wednesday, the Fourth Street ramp near the Metrodome to southbound I-35W will close until July. The alternate route is the ent ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Podcars: Coming to Winona?The Pawlenty administration has approved at least $150,000 since the start of the year on personal rapid transit system studies. That's despite the fact that key state lawmakers have told MnDOT not to waste taxpayer dollars on PRT and podcars. Isn't it usually the ... More >>
Evidently, no one had ever covered a New York City Subway train end to end with branding -- legally, anyway -- until Minnesota's very own Target unveiled its latest ad campaign this week: In the good old days, the NYC subway was colorful for a whole other reason: graffiti. Check out this video:
Bella Koshka just released a new video for "Matinee," directed by Josh Cragun and filmed in locations like the Uptown Theater, Nick and Eddie, and a Metro Transit bus. The band has just finished mixing their second album, and are expected to announce a CD-release show soon.
The day has finally come: People in some of the northern suburbs can jump on a train instead of in their SUV and make the commute to downtown Minneapolis for their workday.
A kind reminder that today is President's Day. Here's a handy guide for what is open and closed in the Twin Cities.
A true story that both illuminates the downside of stealing cars and exposes the frail bonds of friendship.
Hennepin County and Minneapolis are spending millions to rebuild south Minneapolis's main east-west thoroughfare in a new image. But whose vision is it?
The governor and the developer: A love story
Who's responsible for bad air? Everyone and no one.
If you could wave your magic wand and make one improvement to the Twin Cities, what would it be?
Baby Boomers and Block E. Preservation and parks. Urban history and virtual reality. Outgoing city planning director Paul Farmer on the politics and passions that got him fired.