That'll be $695 for the Twin Cities gridlock

  • Article by: PAUL LEVY and TIM HARLOW , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: February 6, 2013 - 6:29 AM

But Twin Citians still pay less than the national average.

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comment229Feb. 6, 13 4:10 AM

I saw the same report on TV last night and the twin cities was not listed as one of the worst cities with this problem. I did notice one glaring fact though as they ran the report in front of a congested backed up freeway. Almost every single car, had the driver, and that was all. Occasionally, you would see a passenger. I have no problem with this what so ever, as long as people don't complain about it! Same thing is true at the pumps and watching the guy/lady complain about the price while (s)he fills up both tanks on a large SUV. Is government the problem here? I don't think so.

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comment229Feb. 6, 13 4:15 AM

If you study history and learn from it, you will find that people used to live close to their place of employment. With the advent of the automobile, "suburbs" and "commuter" came into our vocabulary. I personally know one person, who has had enough, and sold the house in the suburbs and moved close enough to his place of employment that he can ride a bike if he wants and in the winter, take the bus. I suspect it took a bunch of years for the suburbs to grow, and it will take a bunch of years for people to either fully support mass transit into the cities or move closer to their work. Your other option is to do exactly what you see on a daily basis; complain and offer no solution, and that will get you no where.

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SantaeroFeb. 6, 13 7:48 AM

Glad that Metro Transit ridership is growing, and hope it continues that way! We don't need more taxpayer-subsidized, inefficient freeways.

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muskiedogFeb. 6, 13 8:17 AM

Just think if they had spent the money on better freeways and maintaining infrastructure we would have this problem. Instead they waste it on trains that go where you don't want them to go. Don't charge the real fee to ride on them and use no common sense but try and use social engineering. Notice that the places with the worse congested all have train systems already in place. Can you say boondoggle.

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mlhoganjrFeb. 6, 13 8:18 AM

What a bunch of suckers. I live about 10 minutes from downtown Minneapolis. Even in the winter, I sometimes leave the car in the driveway and walk to work.

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offtherecordFeb. 6, 13 8:32 AM

Every highway around the metro area is under construction. They are always under construction. How about a one year reprieve to allow us to travel without having to navigate through a construction zone.

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elmi0001Feb. 6, 13 8:40 AM

I'm with mlhoanjr - I live about 10 minutes by car fro my job. In the 'burbs though. I drive over 169 and 494 to get to work. I laugh at all those people stuck in traffic. Every. Single. Day.

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mattaudioFeb. 6, 1310:09 AM

People need to take responsibility for their decisions. Every single person makes a decision for themselves as to where they live and where they take a job, resulting in an average of $695. If people looked for a job that was half as far from their house, or moved half the distance to their job, they would cut their gas expense in half and probably double the time they get to spend with their family each day. It's the government's job to provide a safe and cost effective network of roads; it is not the government's job to make sure people can commute at freeway speeds for as long of a distance as they want during the peak of rush hour. We can't afford to expand in the name of congestion reduction, especially when it induces demand that brings back congestion within a few years.

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hazzzeeFeb. 6, 1310:33 AM

How about the poor highway construction here in mpls as being a major culprit. The 35-94 exchange is absolutely garbage! The worst exchange I've ever seen. It goes down to one lane for crying out loud! Same with 394-94 exchange. And the tunnel?? They made their bed on that one. There's no way they'll ever be able to expand that! And whats the deal with the I-35 car pool lane that you can only drive in every once in a while? Way to utilize your resources on that one! Makes no sense!

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furguson11Feb. 6, 1311:12 AM

"That'll be $695 for the Twin Cities gridlock" $695 is probably a deal compared to how much it would cost to build our way out of gridlock.

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