Break out the orange barrels — another road construction season is around the corner in Minnesota. State Department of Transportation officials Thursday unveiled the projects they’ll tackle this year.
A new trend in commuting is growing in popularity around the Twin Cities. Car2Go is a car-sharing service that allows members access to a vehicle without having to own one. Amber Iwan knows city living rarely comes with a close parking spot. She walks a block to find a small, blue-and-white smart car – one of the newest ways to commute around the metro.
It’s been a rough winter to get around for everyone, but it can be especially tough for people with disabilities. The Minnesota State Council on Disability reminded people Friday about the importance of clearing out sidewalks, curbs and transit stops. Council member Colleen Casey says people with disabilities, like herself, need a clear path to be able get to work, school or the grocery store.
A coalition of transportation, business and labor interests proposes a new 5-percent sales tax on fuel in Minnesota to help raise money for new transportation projects. The $750-million-a year roads and transit plan from the group calling itself Move MN is being unveiled Tuesday at a legislative hearing.
A new coalition of over 130 businesses, labor unions and advocacy groups is pushing for a large infusion of state money for roads and transit. The group, Move MN, kicked off its effort Thursday. But any proposed transportation tax hikes will face a difficult environment when lawmakers return at the end of February.
There was a slight rise in fatal workplace injuries in Minnesota last year compared to 2011, according to a report released Thursday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Officials said 70 people died last year in work-related incidents, which is 10 more than 2011’s all-time low of 60.
You may start to see a lot more vehicles with pink mustaches on the streets of St. Paul. A new, free car-sharing app called Lyft connects drivers and passengers. Twenty-six-year-old Rebecca Swanson has climbed aboard the bandwagon simply by having a smartphone and a car.
Senator Amy Klobuchar met Monday in Minneapolis with the newly confirmed U.S. Transportation secretary Anthony Foxx. They met to discuss Minnesota’s transportation needs and investing federal money into new light rail and state highway projects. “A strong transportation system insures that a working mom can spend less time in traffic and more time with her kids,” Foxx said.
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A transportation finance bill that mostly keeps the status quo is rolling toward a vote in the Minnesota Senate.
The head of a transportation finance committee in the Minnesota Legislature doesn’t expect to see a major infusion of money for roads, bridges and mass transit to come together this year.
A new phone app is designed to help keep drunken drivers off the road. The “Drive Sober” app launched by the state Department of Transportation allows motorists to estimate their blood alcohol content and select a designated driver.
Democratic lawmakers who lead House transportation panels are seeking a menu of transportation tax and fee hikes including a five-cent increase in the state gas tax.
Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature’s new Democratic majorities have made it clear: The session that starts Tuesday will be all about the state budget.
Step into the grand old neoclassical building in St. Paul’s Lowertown and you’re immediately taken back to a time when coal-puffing locomotives carried passengers from the Twin Cities to points far and wide.