The $1.35 billion bill for public construction projects includes $55 million to complete funding for both the D Line and B Line Bus Rapid Transit routes, which would serve some of the region’s most highly used transit corridors.
The move has triggered alarm among environmental and transit activists.
Minneapolis police inspector Eddie Frizell and Metro Transit interim chief A.J. Olson are vying for the position.
The approach has become so common — if so far unsuccessful — that when someone says “this shouldn’t be a partisan issue,” at the Capitol, it usually means the issue has already become just that.
Several BRT projects are currently on regional leaders’ funding wishlist, but much of what happens with those priorities will depend on what happens at the Legislature.
The regional bus system is facing a deficit of more than $53 million over the next two years — and more than $250 million over the next decade, according to state estimates.
A first-of-its-kind report will serve as a guiding document as Minneapolis officials decide where, and to what extent, they should invest in street improvements or boost law enforcement.
In addition to playing an essential role in addressing climate change, a faster and more convenient transit system is essential if Minneapolis wishes to fulfill the city’s equity goals.
Minnesota House and Senate Republicans aren’t buying what the Met Council is selling regarding bus rapid transit, leading some DFLers to accuse the party of having an anti-transit bias.
The city of Minneapolis will collect between $1.6 million and $1.8 million less each year in lodging taxes as a result of the dissolution of the regional transit board know as the Counties Transit Improvement Board.
The wall has fed a narrative that the regional governing body lacks transparency, and that it cooperates with local officials only when it is convenient for the Met Council.
A House budget proposal could mean a 40 percent cut in current transit lines and the need to increase fares by up to 50 cents.
Both of the governor’s proposals raise $600 million a year for transportation over the next decade. But one includes a gas-tax increase, a non-starter for Republicans.
The solution may be as simple as buying some citrus-smelling air fresheners.