AP: As cycling booms, few penalties for drivers who hit bikers (In Pioneer Press)
When Iowa’s largest city joined the boom in urban cycling, work crews painted more bike lanes, erected traffic signals especially for cyclists and installed rental bikes at self-service stands that catered to commuters and tourists alike.

Duluth News Tribune: Ambition meets reality at Highway 53 bridge project on Iron Range
The temporary construction offices of the U.S. Highway 53 bridge and relocation project are located in an old call center that once belonged to an online retailer.

Politics in MN: St. Paul approves Cleveland bike lanes
The St. Paul City Council’s controversial decision Wednesday to put bike lanes on Cleveland Avenue left apartment owner Sue Mollner in tears.

Politics in MN: Ridership estimates tricky for Gold Line planners
More than 8,000 daily rides are expected on the planned Gold Line bus rapid transit route by 2040, but planners face new unknowns in tallying those estimates.

Star Tribune: Southwest light rail needs Legislature to act ahead of critical funding deadline
The controversial Southwest light-rail line has one more shot at funding from the Minnesota Legislature this year, this time under a stark deadline that could put the whole $1.79 billion project in jeopardy.

Star Tribune: Twin Cities Auto Show scraps Green Room for all Electric
Only about one in 500 cars sold in Minnesota runs on electricity instead of gas.

Star Tribune: Americans haven’t eased up much on the gas pedal
Americans renewed their long-standing love affair with the automobile in 2015, challenging the notion that millennials and baby boomers alike are abandoning their cars for public transit, bikes and car-sharing.

Star Tribune: Minnesota rushes to carve new path for Iron Range highway
A new route through the Iron Range is going up, fast.

Star Tribune: MnDOT didn’t forget the exit at I-694 and Hamline Avenue
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) spent three construction seasons and $185 million to improve traffic flow on Interstate 694 between Victoria Street and the Hwy. 10 interchange in Arden Hills.

Star Tribune: County Road 42 reconstruction plan alarms Prior Lake homeowners
Plans to rebuild a stretch of heavily traveled County Road 42 in Prior Lake have alarmed residents because some of the design proposals could claim two nearby homes.

 

Editorial, Mankato Free Press: Our View: Legislature must pass transportation funding
It was fitting that Lt. Gov. Tina Smith met with Mankato’s major economic growth group Friday to talk about long-term transportation funding plans.