In Minnesota, transportation needs attention statewide

  • Article by: Vicki Jensen and Jason Metsa
  • Updated: May 6, 2013 - 5:50 AM

Only a long-term, statewide plan deserves a vote this year.

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elmore1May. 5, 13 8:56 PM

Vicki and Jason, I hope that part of your plan is positioning more workers to work virtually from their homes. Traffic keeps getting worse and lead times to build out the infrastructure are decades. Let's encourage embracing technology in both the public and private sectors where appropriate. This is low hanging fruit.

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owatonnabillMay. 5, 13 9:15 PM

"Minnesotans want their leaders to lead on issues, and transportation is not an exception." ................. Aye. There's the rub. Our elected representatives are NOT our leaders. They are our SERVANTS. They're elected to do the will of the people, not the other way around. And owatonnabill suggests, Vicki, that a bit less time spent pontificating and a bit more spent listening might do immeasurable good SERVING those of us who elected you.

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bemmelMay. 5, 13 9:39 PM

Also, we need to be looking at future plans for high speed rail to Fargo/Moorhead and to Duluth.

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mdachsMay. 5, 1311:14 PM

Yes, we need a lot more funding for highways, not public transport that requires ongoing taxpayer subsidies. Cut the increases in welfare and other Human Services and redirect that money to highways.

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travisgodelMay. 5, 1311:32 PM

1 problem with highways is you add more lanes they get clogged again and your right back where you were commuter rail is more compact and you just have to add extra cars as they are needed. add for commuter rail to Duluth they just finished up the environmental studies and that was given a all clear im not sure what is next in that process but its a start. and as for fargo Moorhead the state does have a overall plan for commuter rail state wide. http://www.dot.state.mn.us/planning/railplan/finalreport/MNRailPlanFinalReportFeb2010.pdf phase 1 would be to fargo Moorhead and phase 2 will bring it north to winnepeg Canada and possibly grand forks

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Willy53May. 6, 13 6:41 AM

mdachs, pouring money into Highways only is self defeating. You can't build your way out of congestioin, more highways only exacerbate it. That is why cities have rail transit. Only a 2-3% decrease in riders opens freeways that were once clogged. How you got the idea that commuter rail is subsidized and highways are not is bizarre. And get this: if we continue to allow our outdated system of sprawling highways rule our transportation thinking the Twin Cities will loose business, and not attract new ones. The reason: you can't get around on our clogged roads. The cities with advanced commuter rail have the advantage wether you choose to recognize it or not. Denver and Seattle get it and are forging ahead of us in their investments. Turning LRT into a political and ideological argument is sopohmoric and really dumbs down the discussion. One more tragic fact, the decision to build the largest bridge possible to remediate the traffic problems in Stillwater at a cost equal to the Central Corridor was beyond stupid. It was fiscally wreckless and will make east metro traffic much worse ten years from now. Those types of decisions, pork projects for politicians, must be opposed. MNDOT has to find leaders that live in the 21st century.

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conniemercerMay. 6, 13 7:31 AM

"Minnesota faces a $21 billion transportation deficit" --- Sure we do. If we had anymore road construction in this state no one would be able to drive anywhere. The DFL just raised taxes by 1.8 billion. You can bet they will say we need more.

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conniemercerMay. 6, 13 7:33 AM

"How you got the idea that commuter rail is subsidized and highways are not is bizarre." --- Have you ever looked at the costs? Have you ever looked at the taxes that support roads?

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flyslotterMay. 6, 13 7:54 AM

Dear Ms Jensen and Mr. Metsa: Here is an idea: How about stop spending the gasoline tax revenue on light rail and buses? How about actually spending our gasoline tax dollars on road and bridge improvement? I dare you take this novel idea to your party leadership.

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luzhishenMay. 6, 13 8:28 AM

How about stop spending the gasoline tax revenue on light rail and buses? - How many more cars will that put on the road? What do you think will be the result of that?

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