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 >>
After a couple close calls with foreclosure, fans of Mai Village can rejoice about the St. Paul restaurant's latest news. See also: Mai Village faces foreclosure, seeks community support The Seventh Dimension: Mai Village boasts the best part of Vietnam's food, art, and architecture, and its long ... 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 >>
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 >>
Imagine hopping on a train in downtown Minneapolis and getting off less than six hours later in the heart of Chicago, with a stop in Milwaukee in between. Sound farfetched? Right now, it might, but the Minnesota Department of Transportation is moving ahead with plans for a 400-mile, high-speed ra ... 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 >>
Avoid driving Washington Avenue at the U from now on.The train is coming, and you'd better get out of the way. Sometime late Sunday afternoon, trucks are going to roll up Washington Avenue where it bisects the University of Minnesota campus and drop off a bunch of barricades. Work crews are ... 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 >>
Team T-Paw loves light rail.Something caught our eye below the headline yesterday that Tim Pawlenty's soon-to-be campaign staff had leased 5,000 square feet of office space in a swank downtown Minneapolis office building. They liked the site because of the Hiawatha Line light rail link to Mi ... 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 >>
Hussein Abdi Hassan has pleaded not guilty.Riding the train all the way from Minneapolis to Seattle can get a little dull. Last month, Hussein Abdi Hassan found himself on that trip, and decided to make things interesting -- by dropping a bomb threat. Well, the 24-year-old Somali from Burnsv ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
5th best in America.Don't get us wrong. We're glad that US News rated the Twin Cities the fifth best place in the country for public transportation (first would have been better, of course). We're pleased the story took note of the budding Central Corridor light rail line. But in heaping pra ... 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 >>
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Don't get screwed on a nasty detour if you can avoid it ahead of time. Check out the closure list below.
The light rail will be closed from the 46th St Station to the end of the line at the Mall of America this weekend during construction work.
Two men suspected of the crimes were charged Friday for the Sunday attack in addition to multiple others at light rail stations.
The section between 46th Street and the Mall of America will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday to 3:30 a.m. Monday.
It was his first time buying a Metro Transit light rail ticket and as luck would have it, former Pioneer Press transit reporter Chuck Laszewski was mugged at the Lake Street station.
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Looking for love? Get yourself $1.75 and hop aboard the "Love-Rail."
By Eliot Brown What's bad for SUV dealers is good for the light rail... and visa versa. High gas prices earlier this fall brought Metro Transit a welcome boost in popularity as more metro-area residents were leaving their cars parked at home and hopping on the bus or light rail. In September, the ... More >>
Rybak frets about transit--but can he do anything?
City planners want a piece of the light-rail action--and they're not thinking spare change
Light-rail boosters insist their multimillion-dollar project is finally leaving the station. But first Shoreview legislator Phil Krinkie has a few questions about inflated budgets, bid rigging, and some mysterious memos.
As boxcars give way to bicycles, a railroad veteran remembers sweat, speed, and mayhem along the 29th Street corridor
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.