At the end of the Green Line, a building that would say "Welcome to Lowertown"

Roberta and I live in a loft in the Union Depot and we are always encountering lost, bewildered and confused travelers. Very often, they step off the Green Line and ask us where the Amtrak station is or the bus terminal. This should come as no surprise as the train and bus platform is not visible from the Green Line platform and there is no sign on the colonnaded building identifying what it is or what is inside. People have told me they mistook the Union Depot for a bank or office building.

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Steeling myself for the winter (bike) commute

Dear Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board,

Please make your winter trail maintenance plans for the whole City — now, before it’s too late for the 2014-2015 winter season.

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Ford Parkway reconstruction: Close but not quite

Here is my open letter to Ramsey County Public Works. I know I’m late to this process and honestly don’t expect them to change their plans (which can be seen here [large PDF]). I will preface this by thanking Ramsey County for putting in any bike lanes, but if no one demands better then we can’t expect better.

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Connecting health, equity and transportation

The increase in the minimum wage is the biggest public health legislation passed in the last legislative session, according to Minnesota health commissioner, Dr. Ed Ehlinger. Moving from lowest twenty percent income level to the second-lowest twenty percent income increases life expectancy by three years. Public health is also closely tied to transportation, said Ehlinger in his keynote address to the October 25 St. Paul Healthy Transportation for All forum. His insights offer a lot of food for thought.

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Four-lane death roads should be illegal

I was biking with a friend the other day around the East Side of Saint Paul, and we happened across White Bear Avenue. I knew at once it was a Death Road™.

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Signs could speed up Green Line

As he traveled on the Green Line light rail from Target Field to Union Depot, Nick Musachio noticed the train make 41 stops, only 23 of which were scheduled.

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Metro Transit Service Improvement Plan comment window ends November 30th

Amid all the clamor over the Southwest LRT, and the high profile planning for Bottineau LRT and various BRT projects, a big transit system game changer has been quietly progressing under the radar. It’s Metro Transit’s Service Improvement Plan.

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Transpo convo: Francine with her daughter

“I’m just out grocery shopping,” says Francine as she is walking down University Avenue, pushing her daughter in a stroller.

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Como Park bridge project underway

(Photo courtesy of the City of St. Paul) The pedestrian bridge will be restored to its Classic Revival architectural style.

After several delays, work has begun on the footbridge project near the Historic Streetcar Station in Como Park.

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Green Line getting up to speed in fits and starts

Heading east from Minneapolis, the Westgate Station is the first Green Line port of call in Saint Paul. Trains stop in the shadow of the KSTP radio mast, out front of an apartment building with a ground floor Dunn Brothers Coffee, Metro PCS, and Snap Fitness.

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