CNN Says Twin Cities "Got Transit Right" with Green Line

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Michael Hicks
A Green Line train rolls through the U of M campus.
A CNN Money piece gives the Twin Cities props for getting transit right with the Green Line.

"Big projects often divide cities," the article notes. "But Minneapolis' light rail line is creating jobs and driving development in underserved areas." (The line serves St. Paul as well, of course, so CNN's way of putting things in the second sentence isn't quite right.)

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Metro Transit Offers Possible Explanation for Green Line Train "Running Red"

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Shortly after this still, the train passed through the intersection while another car with a green light waited precariously for it to get through.
Yesterday, we shared the answers Metro Transit gave us to questions raised by a video that appears to show a Green Line train blowing through a red traffic signal immediately after almost hitting a vehicle that was passing through the intersection with a green light.

One of the responses, however, raised another glaring question.

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Metro Transit Answers Questions About Video of Green Line Train "Running Red Light"

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Photo via Laura Baenen
A Green Line train in St. Paul near the Fairview Avenue stop.
:::: UPDATE :::: Metro Transit Offers Possible Explanation for Green Line Train "Running Red"

A couple days ago we featured video of a Green Line train that appeared just about poised to hit a vehicle passing through an intersection with a green light.

The clip raises questions about how train operators, um, conduct themselves as they navigate alongside automobile traffic on busy University Avenue, so we asked Metro Transit a bunch of questions on the topic. Yesterday, spokesperson Drew Kerr got back to us with some answers.

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Video Appears to Show Green Line Train Running Red Light, Nearly Hitting Vehicle

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:::: UPDATE :::: Metro Transit Answers Questions About Video of Green Line Train "Running Red Light"

There have been at least 13 car-involved Green Line accidents since the service opened in June, and in typical cases, train operators haven't been at fault.

But a video shot in Prospect Park on September 29 and posted to YouTube by Critical Minneapolis appears to show a Green Line train blow through a red traffic signal immediately after almost hitting a vehicle that was passing through the intersection with a green light.

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Mass Transit Study Ranks Twin Cities 13th, but Doesn't Include Green Line [MAP]

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Michael Hicks
The Green Line has benefits that go beyond the line itself, a transportation expert says.
A new University of Minnesota study looking at the number of jobs accessible by transit in 46 of America's largest metros ranks the Twin Cities 13th, but it doesn't account for the Green Line, Andrew Owen, director of the U's Accessibility Observatory and lead researcher for the project, tells us.

"All of the data across all the cities [comes from] January 29 or as close to it as possible, so it doesn't include the Green Line," he says. "Within the next month we're preparing to release a report that compares the accessibility data in the current report with a new calculation that includes the Green Line, a map that shows where and by how accessibility was changed as a result of the Green Line, and supporting bus schedule changes."

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Minneapolis-Based JPods to Test Solar-Powered Commuting System

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This rendering gives you an idea of how the JPods concept would work in the suburban Twin Cities.
A Minneapolis-based company called JPods will soon be testing a futuristic solar-powered transit system in the New York City suburb of Secaucus, New Jersey.

The company's founder, Bill James, describes his concept as "a way to make our cities independent of foreign oil."

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Twin Cities Cab Drivers Try to Beat Lyft, Uber at Own Game

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Two months after Minneapolis approved an ordinance legitimizing so-called app-based Transportation Network Companies like Lyft and Uber, the cab companies have introduced an app that functions in largely the same way.

TruTaxi allows customers to get price quotes, book rides, track and rate drivers, and pay via an online account, just like the TNCs.

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Kahler Nygard confronts TSA agents as they try to search him after a flight [VIDEO]

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From cell phone video taken by Kahler Nygard
Jay Nygard, as you may recall, is the Orono-based rabble rouser who nearly went to jail this summer for refusing to take down a personalized wind turbine. Well, a new battle presented itself last week -- this one involving his son and an higher level of government.

"He took on the city," says Nygard the younger, known as Kahler. "I took on the feds."

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Mpls approves Southwest LRT, paving way for legislature to wrangle over funding

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A map of the Southwest LRT line's proposed route.
Today, the Minneapolis City Council followed its counterparts in Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins, and St. Louis Park in approving the proposed alignment of the Southwest LRT line.

After years of city-level wrangling, the 9-3 vote (council members Barb Johnson, Cam Gordon, and Lisa Goodman voted 'no') paves the way for the drama to shift to the legislature next year, as the state still needs to figure out how to fund 10 percent of the $1.653 billion public works project, which is the most expensive in state history.

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Mpls City Council approves Lyft/UberX regulations; Blong Yang casts sole nay vote

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Lyft and its mustachioed cars are now legit in Minneapolis.
This morning, the Minneapolis City Council approved an ordinance regulating so-called Transportation Network Companies like Lyft and UberX .

Council also approved changes to the city's taxi ordinance that deregulate cab companies to an extent in hopes they'll be able to compete with the new TNCs.

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