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Metropolitan Council To Discuss Cuts To SWLRT Line

The Metropolitan Council is set to meet again Wednesday morning to go over ways to shrink the cost of the proposed Southwest Light Rail project. Reductions must be made after a recent estimate put the price tag at $2 billion, roughly 25 percent more than expected.

06/24/2015

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Good Question: How Are Our Goods Shipped Over The Country?

Late Tuesday night, the Upper Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam will be closed for good. It’s an attempt to stop invasive Asian carp from getting into Minnesota’s lakes.

06/09/2015

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Committee Looking To Cut Last Two Stations From Proposed Green Line Extension

The Metropolitan Council announced Tuesday that its partners are considering cutting the last two stops on the projected Southwest Light Rail Line in order to keep the Green Line extension connecting Eden Prairie to downtown Minneapolis on budget.

06/09/2015

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Met Council Struggles To Make $341M In SW Light Rail Project Cuts

The Metropolitan Council has to cut millions of dollars from the Southwest Light Rail project. The Green Line extension will run from Eden Prairie to downtown Minneapolis. The Southwest LRT Corridor Management Committee met Wednesday morning to go over potential cost-saving options.

06/03/2015

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Southwest Light Rail Cuts Mean Sacrifices For Communities

The cutting is about to begin to parts of the Southwest Light Rail project between downtown Minneapolis and Eden Prairie.

05/20/2015

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Met Council Says St. Paul Is Growing Its Fastest In Nearly 50 Years

The Metropolitan Council’s latest look at population growth shows St. Paul is back to around 300,000 people. It hasn’t been this full since 1970. The Met Council also found Minneapolis has grown as well as the entire seven county Metro area.

05/19/2015

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Metro Transit Wants $6 Million For Vikings Stadium Transit Bridge

When the Minnesota Vikings had a dome over their heads, it was commotion on ten Sundays a year. And when the new Vikings Stadium opens its doors, it will likely be a repeat. Metro Transit officials asked for a bridge to connect the crowd to the far side of the light rail track.

05/06/2015

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Lake Minnetonka’s Gray’s Bay Marina Closing For Construction

Boaters will want to plan ahead next week before hitting Lake Minnetonka. Work on the Metropolitan Council sewer lines is closing boat access at Gray’s Bay Marina from Monday, May 4 to Thursday, May 7.

05/01/2015

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Southwest LRT Project Under Scrutiny Following $341M Price Hike

Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday that he’s “shocked and appalled” to learn that the Metropolitan Council raised its estimate for the Southwest Light Rail Transit Project by $341 million for a total budget of nearly $2 billion.

04/27/2015

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Good Question: Where Does Our Drinking Water Come From?

On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator, Gina McCarthy, visited the Twin Cities. She toured the St. Paul Regional Water Services Treatment Plant to highlight the importance of protecting the streams and wetlands that provide drinking water to a third of all Americans.

04/08/2015

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Big Raise For Met Leader Despite Salaries Deal

Even after lawmakers stopped hefty raises for members of Gov. Mark Dayton’s cabinet, the chairman of the Metropolitan Council’s salary still doubled to nearly $123,000, according to state salary documents obtained by the Associated Press.

03/31/2015

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About 35,000 Apply For Section 8 Housing In The Metro

Numbers from the Metropolitan Council show that nearly 40,000 people applied last week seeking Section 8 housing in the metro area.

03/01/2015

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Minneapolis, Met Council Bridge Difference Over LRT

The plan to extend the Southwest Light Rail corridor overcame an obstacle Friday to keep the plan on schedule. If an agreement hadn’t been reached, it could have cost the state an extra $100 million or more.

02/27/2015

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Section 8 Housing Applications Outnumber Slots

For the first time in more than five years, thousands of people in the metro area have a chance to apply for Section 8 housing.

02/25/2015

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Council: Metro Transit Sees Highest Ridership Since 1981

The Metropolitan Council says that in 2014 Metro Transit buses and trains had the highest ridership tally in more than 30 years.

01/28/2015

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Dayton Taps Political Ally To Chair Metropolitan Council

Gov. Mark Dayton is calling on an experienced transit official and a political ally to lead the Metropolitan Council. Current council member Adam Duininck will replace outgoing Chairwoman Sue Haigh. Duininck has served on the board since 2011.

01/16/2015

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Head Of Regional Planning Agency To Depart

The regional planning agency that runs the Twin Cities bus and transit system is in search of a new leader.

11/19/2014

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Mpls., Met Council Reach Tentative SWLRT Agreement

The City of Minneapolis and the Metropolitan Council reached a tentative agreement on plans for the proposed Southwest Corridor Light Rail project that should reduce the budget by $30 million. The proposed light rail line would run from downtown Minneapolis through to Eden Prairie.

07/08/2014

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Met Council: Green Line Attracts $2.5B In Development

Metro Transit’s 11-mile Green Line light rail system running from downtown St. Paul to downtown Minneapolis begins service exactly one month from today on June 14. The route promises greater access throughout for the Twin Cities and metro area suburbs.

05/14/2014

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LRT Connecting Downtowns Set To Run 24/7

The forthcoming commuter line connecting the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul via light rail train is likely scheduled to run 24 hours a day, every day. The Green Line was originally set to run only from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily, with a four-hour gap on the overnights.

04/22/2014

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‘Faulty Work’ Leads To Repairs, Traffic Delays Near Green Line

Recent lane reductions at 11 intersections along the new light rail line between St. Paul and Minneapolis are resurrecting traffic headache memories for local motorists.

04/15/2014

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Met Council Approves Southwest LRT Shallow Tunnels Plan

It’s been in the planning stages for years, but the controversial Southwest Light Rail line took a big step forward Wednesday. The Metropolitan Council voted 14-2 to approve the shallow tunnel plan that runs under the Kenilworth Trail.

04/09/2014

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Researchers: The Twin Cities Metro Growing

New numbers out Thursday show the Twin Cities metro area is growing. The number of people in the metro topped 2.9 million in 2012. Since the 2010 census, the population has grown by about 59,000.

07/11/2013

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Minn. Senate Backs 3 Dayton Appointees

The Senate voted Monday to back Edwin Van Petten to lead the Minnesota State Lottery, Susan Haigh as chairwoman of the Metropolitan Council, and Carolyn Parnell as the state’s chief information officer.

02/11/2013

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Dozens Of Projects Seek Minn. Development Money

Promoters of civic center expansions, a light-rail line, a minor-league ballpark and other local facilities are vying for a piece of a $47.5 million business development fund created by lawmakers who left those projects out of this year’s state construction package.

07/09/2012

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