Bemidji Pioneer: Time to talk transportation: Statewide group, local leaders call on action from lawmakers on transportation funding
At the end of the 2015 Minnesota legislative session, the fact no long-term solution for transportation funding was achieved was top of mind for many lawmakers and local civic leaders.
Duluth News Tribune: Statewide alliance wants more spent on roads, transit
With an extra $1.2 billion in Minnesota’s state budget forecast through 2017, supporters of increased transportation funding say the time has never been better to ramp up improvements to roads, bridges, trails and mass transit across the state.
KDAL: Transportation Forward Kicks Off Statewide Campaign In Duluth Thursday
A coalition of more than 50 organizations dedicated to building broad support for new state investments in transportation will kick off their statewide campaign in Duluth on Thursday.
Mankato Free Press: Poll: Most support new transit options
New transit options between Mankato and the Twin Cities, perhaps even including a passenger train line, would be welcomed by respondents of The Free Press’ unscientific online poll.
Politics in MN: High-speed rail plan worries Hwy. 52 residents
About 100 residents from cities along Highway 52 told state officials last week they are adamantly opposed to a high-speed rail line cutting through their communities.
Star Tribune: Plans for two Burnsville Orange Line stations ease concerns
Burnsville will get two Orange Line bus rapid transit stops on major commercial corridors, which officials hope will draw more people to the south-metro city.
Commentary, SC Times: ‘More gas tax’ won’t fix state’s roads
Given the increase in fuel efficiency of vehicles and the higher use of alternative fuel, the same old “raise the gas tax” method of funding road and bridge projects is not fair or sustainable.
Commentary, SC Times: Rail push needs details on costs, benefits
Extending Northstar requires know who pays for shortfalls, proof it helps underserved
Editorial, Mankato Free Press: OUR VIEW: LEGISLATURE: Keep road funding front and center
Why It Matters: That legislators will work on a compromise road funding bill early bodes well for taxpayers