Topic: Transportation

MnDOT Seeks Public Feedback on State Rail Plan Update

(Published Nov 3, 2014)

The state will hold a series of meetings around the state to talk about the rail plan update and gather input.

New Complete Streets Project Report to Document Policy Implementation

(Published Sep 22, 2014)

The submission of MnDOT’s Complete Streets Project Report will be required for all MnDOT construction projects beginning with the 2015 construction season.

Local Road Improvement Program Grant Solicitation Opens Sept. 15

(Published Sep 8, 2014)

Funds will be allocated on a competitive basis for projects that meet the Routes of Regional Significance Account or the Rural Road Safety Account criteria.

New Freight Rail Laws Aim to Improve Safety

(Published Jul 14, 2014)

The new laws, which took effect July 1, will implement stricter oversight of railroad companies.

National Fire Academy Releases Training Guide on Crude Oil Hazards

(Published Jun 30, 2014)

'Coffee Break Training' addresses hazards associated with transporting Bakken crude oil.

Bills Provide Funds for Popular Transportation Accounts

(Published May 12, 2014)

Bills in both the House and Senate provide bond proceeds and cash for transportation projects, including local bridge and local road improvements.

Supplemental Budget Conference Committee Distributes Trunk Highway Funds

(Published May 12, 2014)

Among the accounts that will benefit are the Transportation Economic Development program and the Corridors of Commerce program.

Cities Make Plea for Street Improvement District Authority

(Published Apr 14, 2014)

A letter from city groups blames deferred maintenance for poor road conditions, and implores state leaders to allow cities to create street improvement districts.

Pothole Fix Funding on Fast Track

(Published Mar 31, 2014)

The House and Senate are proposing $15 million to assist counties and state aid cities with pothole repair; the Senate also provides funds for non-state aid cities and townships.

Scaled Back Transportation Supplemental Appropriation Bills Moving

(Published Mar 31, 2014)

Currently, the House measure contains $50 million in general fund money, while the Senate version contains over $138 million.

Freight Rail Safety Discussed at League and State Capitol

(Published Mar 24, 2014)

A bill was introduced that would require the Department of Public Safety to carry out preparedness activities related to railroad and pipeline spills and discharge.

House Transportation Finance Committee Talks Trains

(Published Mar 3, 2014)

The committee discussed major delays on the Northstar Commuter Line, and escalating freight rail safety concerns.

Railroad Association Announces New Operating Practices Related to Transport of Crude Oil

(Published Feb 24, 2014)

The announcement contains specific steps for railroads to take to improve the safety of transporting crude oil.

Street Improvement District Support Resolutions Needed

(Published Feb 18, 2014)

Support from cities is critical to securing key votes in 2014 from legislators who may not be familiar with the street improvement district initiative.

Congressional Hearings on Freight Rail Safety Scheduled

(Published Feb 18, 2014)

Several incidents involving trains hauling crude oil have prompted federal lawmakers to raise concerns about railroad safety.