U.S. Department of Transportation

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Minneapolis cyclists battle for a place in traffic

    Last summer, David Briscoe got the call that every parent dreads. It was a nurse. We have your daughter. Shaina had left her home in south Minneapolis that Saturday, a hot one punctured by rain, and joined her friends for an impromptu race headed north through downtown. Around 3 p.m., lagging behin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    Metro Transit bus driver who died driving down Nicollet Mall had history of weight issues

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Check out this video of insane pileup on Wisconsin highway

    BREAKING NEWS: 30 car accident on Interstate 94 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. #Breaking #Snow #Milwaukee Mark Tarello (@mark_tarello) December 8, 2013 Think the roads are bad here? You're right, of course. But over the weekend, they were as bad, if not worse, in Wisconsin, wh ... More >>

  • News

    October 20, 2010

    Enbridge Energy could be Minnesota's BP

    Oil company has friends on the PUC

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty loves federal spending (on flood relief)

    Suddenly loving federal cash.​Yesterday, Gov. Tim Pawlenty was loving federal spending. Not the kind to help all Minnesotans with their health care costs, however. Just the kind to help southern Minnesota recover from floods. The former isn't a priority, he says. He won't even allow state a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    U.S. considering ban or limit to peanuts on a plane

    Photo by EuroMagic​Peanut allergen nuts rejoice! The folks on Capitol Hill might have heard your nonstop rally cries and done something about it. Peanuts on a plane could be a thing of the past if a current proposal makes it past the Department of Transportation. In February 2009, loyal Northwe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Erica Rose Murphy's body found by I-394

    Photo: skoreckyWhy, and for how long, was Erica Rose Murphy's body laying beside I-394? ​A Department of Transportation worker discovered the woman's body in late April. It was laying between the guard rail and sound wall of I-394 near the Dunwoody Boulevard exit. Police dispatched to the sce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Body found beside I-394 had been there for a while

    ​State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said a Department of Transportation worker found a body between the guard rail and sound wall of I-394 between the Dunwoody Boulevard and Penn Avenue exits at about 11 a.m. The DOT worker called State Patrol and an ambulance was dispatched, but was quickly calle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Minneapolis City Council keeps streetcars on track

    Photo: minnemom​In 1920, streetcar ridership in the Twin Cities was 238 million. Today, the Minnesota Streetcar Museum's Como‑Harriet Streetcar Line and Excelsior Streetcar Line are all that remain of the once mighty system. And Friday, the Minneapolis City Council may have made another mode ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Rochester airport nightmare earns airlines $100,000 fine

    The feds say it's the first time airlines have ever been fined for keeping passengers trapped on an aircraft for an extended period.

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    Pilot of plane stranded on tarmac pleaded to let passengers into terminal

    The U.S. Transportation Department's preliminary report on the Continental Airlines flight stranded on the Rochester tarmac for six hours concludes that the flight crew is not to blame for the nightmare.

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    ExpressJet apologizes for night of tarmac hell

    ExpressJet Holdings made a public apology Thursday to the passengers that were forced to stay on a plane for six hours on the tarmac with no food, overflowing toilets, and crying babies.

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Wis. man refused rescue from ice slab because fish were biting

    Do we even need to specify that this happened in Wisconsin?

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    Bullet train to Chicago might be back on track

    Thursday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    Peanuts on a plane: Deadly snack enrages Northwest passengers

    Peanut allergy sufferers have another worry: whether flying Northwest is a death wish. The airline is reinstating their peanut snacks as they continue to merge with Delta and some customers are pretty pissed off.

  • News

    November 26, 2008
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    August 15, 2007
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    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

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2007

    We were warned

    In July 2001, the Herald of Grand Forks, North Dakota, published an investigative story highlighting the increasing problems with aging bridge infrastructure in Minnesota.

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2005

    Flying Blind

    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 >>

  • News

    January 8, 2003

    Whistle Stop

    Did Northwest Airlines try to muzzle a whistleblower?

  • News

    October 9, 2002

    Let the River Run

    Many years ago, before the locks & dams were built, the Mississippi River ran wild through the heart of Minneapolis. Why not again?

  • Books

    May 22, 2002

    Watered Down

    The peculiar politics of watershed management in suburbia

  • News

    January 9, 2002

    Data Man

    When state legislators weigh privacy rights against the public's right to know, they call Don Gemberling: Big Brother's Big Brother

  • Arts

    January 10, 2001

    The Last Supper Club

    With the shuttering of the Riverview Supper Club, black Minneapolis loses its premier meeting place--and a foothold on the future of the Mississippi

  • Books

    January 12, 2000

    Bladder Up

    A pissed-off driver challenges Metro Transit's methods of drug testing

  • News

    November 3, 1999

    Dirty Little Air War

    Bully! Crybaby! Northwest and Sun Country brawl for control of the sandbox--and billions in local air-travel revenues

  • News

    September 22, 1999

    The field. The fire. The fight.

    A massive police raid, dozens of arrests, and a fleet of bulldozers later, the call to stop Highway 55 turns into the longest-running urban occupation in state history

  • Books

    July 28, 1999

    Bite the Bullet

    Minneapolis police say "common sense" led them to shoot Scott Derrick's beloved mutt. So what if he was on a leash?

  • Books

    June 23, 1999

    The Cars of St. Bonifacius

    One licensed cab for every three people--and not a fare in sight: Welcome to the Panama of the North

  • News

    February 24, 1999
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    January 20, 1999
  • Books

    September 2, 1998

    I Spy

    Will federal money help put surveillance cameras on Phillips streets?

  • Books

    January 14, 1998
  • News

    November 12, 1997

    Hush Job

    Special "hush kits" make airplanes quieter. Do they also make them more dangerous?

  • News

    October 22, 1997
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    October 15, 1997

    Spokes People

    Cyclists angered by a Minneapolis plan to ban bikes from Nicollet Mall hope to convince the City Council that planners haven't really looked for other solutions.

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    July 23, 1997
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    March 27, 1996
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    November 22, 1995

    Let's Make a Deal

    A newly rehabilitated--and temporarily stabilized--Northwest Airlines is poising itself for the next round of industry mergers and acquisitions.