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Old June 14th, 2016, 05:02 PM   #381
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MN: Rapid Buses Begin Rolling Saturday on St. Paul's Snelling Avenue

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June 11--On Friday, a group of elected officials and transportation advocates celebrated a rare bit of good news involving public transit: The start of new rapid bus service along Snelling Avenue, the busy thoroughfare that runs through the heart of St. Paul.

The sleek new buses are slated to begin service on Saturday.
http://www.masstransitmag.com/news/1...nelling-avenue

Here are some pictures from the event on Metro Transit's flickr page.

Metro Transit A Line Opening Day by Metro Transit, on Flickr

Metro Transit A Line Opening Day by Metro Transit, on Flickr

Metro Transit A Line Opening Day by Metro Transit, on Flickr

Metro Transit A Line Opening Day by Metro Transit, on Flickr

Metro Transit A Line Opening Day by Metro Transit, on Flickr

Metro Transit A Line Opening Day by Metro Transit, on Flickr

Metro Transit A Line Opening Day by Metro Transit, on Flickr

Metro Transit A Line Opening Day by Metro Transit, on Flickr

Metro Transit A Line Opening Day by Metro Transit, on Flickr

Metro Transit A Line Opening Day by Metro Transit, on Flickr

Metro Transit A Line Opening Day by Metro Transit, on Flickr

Metro Transit A Line Opening Day by Metro Transit, on Flickr

Metro Transit A Line Opening Day by Metro Transit, on Flickr

Metro Transit A Line Opening Day by Metro Transit, on Flickr

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Old June 19th, 2016, 12:57 AM   #382
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LRT in Mpls will be key in bringing fans on gamedays to the brand new US Bank Stadium.


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Old July 3rd, 2016, 11:13 AM   #383
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Green Line with Vikings stadium in the backdrop

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Old July 4th, 2016, 06:56 AM   #384
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Nice pics. Everything very nice and clean.
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Old July 22nd, 2016, 05:36 PM   #385
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Final environmental study for Bottineau Blue Line light rail published

$1.54 billion Blue Line segment remains on track to open in 2021.

July 15, 2016 — 10:01pm

The Southwest light-rail line may be mired in financial uncertainty, but the next LRT project in the works took a key step forward Friday with the release of the final environmental review for the Bottineau Blue Line extension from Minneapolis to Brooklyn Park[...]
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Old July 24th, 2016, 01:36 PM   #386
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What happens to suburbs if Southwest light rail isn't built?

After significant development, leaders worry about the fate of their cities if line never comes[...]

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It’s been said that if you build it, they will come.

But what if they’ve already arrived — and then you don’t build it after all?

That’s the situation facing suburbs along the proposed Southwest Light Rail Transit line as legislators continue their long battle over the line’s state funding.
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Old July 25th, 2016, 01:36 AM   #387
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Southwest LRT clears milestone but still faces funding shortage

Optimism is still there but with the fingers crossed.

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“We’re not breaking out the champagne yet, but this is still outstanding news,” said Adam Duininck, chairman of the Metropolitan Council, the builder and ultimate operator of the 14.5-mile line slated to link downtown Minneapolis with Eden Prairie.

The announcement, considered a key milestone in transit planning, was made at a Southwest Corridor Management Committee meeting, an advisory group.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) notified the Met Council last Friday that it had granted the project a “record of decision,” meaning environmental work has been completed on the line.

Such a decision is typically followed by the engineering phase, when bids are let for construction of track, stations and other infrastructure.
http://m.startribune.com/southwest-l...age/387876742/

Maybe something can be worked out at the special session that the governor is planning to call in August.
https://www.minnpost.com/politics-po...pecial-session
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Old July 26th, 2016, 02:14 AM   #388
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Old July 28th, 2016, 12:26 AM   #389
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Old August 6th, 2016, 08:58 AM   #390
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Region's first rapid bus service provides big boost to ridership

I'm not convinced that it is game changer but it is heading towards the right direction.

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More and more people are using public transit in the corridor served by the region's first rapid bus line. Since the A Line opened on June 11, ridership in the service corridor has increased by more than a third.

The A Line provides faster, more frequent service between the Rosedale Transit Center and the METRO Blue Line’s 46th Street Station, with service on Snelling Avenue, Ford Parkway and 46th Street, and a connection to the METRO Green Line’s Snelling Avenue Station.

Nearly 120,000 rides were taken on the A Line during its first 30 days of operation, including three free-ride days to introduce customers to the new service. Another 23,000 rides were taken on Route 84, which continues to provide less frequent local bus service on Snelling Avenue......


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Southwest Light Rail delays costing $1 million each week

Long-standing hopes for a new light rail connecting Eden Prairie to Minneapolis-St. Paul could soon be dashed as supporters continue to wait for House leadership to approve state funding for the project[...]
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Old August 11th, 2016, 04:27 PM   #392
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Bottineau light rail wins critical Hennepin County funding

The Bottineau Blue Line light-rail project, which is slated to link Minneapolis to the northern suburbs, cleared another milestone Tuesday when a Hennepin County board agreed to fund nearly 10 percent of the $1.54 billion project[...]
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Old August 11th, 2016, 04:32 PM   #393
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Metro Transit honored as System of the Year

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Metro Transit is celebrating a top national award that recognizes its record ridership and success in a range of areas, including safety, operations, maintenance and community relations.

The agency has received the American Public Transportation Association's (APTA) 2016 Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award. The prestigious annual award, also known as System of the Year, reflects accomplishments made between 2013 and 2015.

Those accomplishments include growing ridership, expanding access, advances in sustainability and overall success in system safety. Metro Transit was selected among agencies from across North America that provide more than 20 million annual passenger trips....
https://www.metrotransit.org/metro-t...em-of-the-year

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Squabbling continues on MN special session, light rail

Minnesota leaders get testy over light-rail deadlock

Dayton: Special Session Will Not Occur Without Light Rail
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Old August 22nd, 2016, 11:48 AM   #395
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Dayton: There won’t be a special session in 2016

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Gov. Mark Dayton said he won’t call a special session of the Minnesota Legislature, after months of negotiations failed produce any movement on an impasse over light rail transit funding.

After a brief meeting between Dayton and top leaders in the Legislature Thursday, Dayton said negotiations hadn’t progressed since the final night of the 2016 session, when a one-time transportation funding bill and nearly $1 billion package of bonding projects blew up over whether a funding mechanism for light rail was included.

In the weeks after session ended, Dayton also vetoed a $260 million package of tax cuts because the bill included a drafting error surrounding taxation of bingo halls that would cost the state $100 million over the next three years.
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The uncertainty could have gone on indefinitely, but Mark Dayton didn’t see the point.

On Thursday, after three months of sporadic meetings and dueling press conferences with legislative leaders, the DFL governor put an end to the possibility that he’ll call legislators back for a one-day special session to resolve outstanding issues of the 2016 session.

“I’ve concluded that after almost three months of futile efforts to reach an agreement to bring the Legislature back … I’m not going to call a special session,” Dayton told reporters, after a meeting with legislators that lasted less than 30 minutes.
https://www.minnpost.com/politics-po...bout-southwest

Though Governor Dayton will talk to Met Council chair Adam Duininick about the funding gap so they don't jeopardize the Federal funding, I really hope there will be changing of guards come November after the election. It is extremely frustrating to see impasse at the state capitol and the constant threat by the Republicans trying to derail transit projects in the Twin Cities.
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Old August 24th, 2016, 01:19 AM   #396
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So much for the negativity now. Let's cherish what we got. Some pictures of TC Transit by various photographers.

Minneapolis Green line and Blue line around new Vikings stadium

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US Bank Stadium Wedge Attempt 1; Minneapolis, MN by Nick Benson, on Flickr

Blue Line Franklin Ave Station

Light Rail Station by Lucie Maru, on Flickr

Green Line in downtown St Paul

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Dayton seeks a plan B to pay for Southwest light rail


The planned route for the Southwest light rail line, as of April 2016. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Council

Gov. Mark Dayton is looking for fresh options to get the Southwest Corridor light rail project built[...]
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This project will help a lot for the metro area. Let's stand for public transit for this area and others.
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The planned route for the Southwest light rail line, as of April 2016. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Council

Gov. Mark Dayton is looking for fresh options to get the Southwest Corridor light rail project built[...]
If DFL takes the majority in state legislature this fall I really hope that governor Dayton comes with some sort of funding mechanism for future transit throughout the metro like Denver and what Seattle is trying to do so it doesn't rely on state like this one. Non presidential midterm election seems to favor GOP most of the time that which is not until 2018. So if funding source is already in place by then GOP lawmakers can't monkey around like what they are trying to do right now so the future projects can be built without hitting any snags.
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This project will help a lot for the metro area. Let's stand for public transit for this area and others.
If you knew anything about the pointless route that the Southwest corridor LRT line currently follows (it largely snakes through random suburban business parks and marshes and doesn't even serve urban neighborhoods in Minneapolis), you'd see why it's not exactly the best or the most crucial next line for the Twin Cities.
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