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Check Out Our New Radio Ads on Traffic Congestion

As you probably know, we have a billboard on the Twin Cities' traffic mess at the intersection of Highways 494 and 35W: It has gotten a lot of attention, for obvious reasons. We are about to kick off the next phase of our 2018 congestion campaign with a pair of radio ads which will be played on a wide range of stations, along with 15-second sponsorships of traffic announcements. They seek to focus attention on the fact that the Twin Cities' congestion problem is much worse than it should be for an urban area our size, and there is a reason:...

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Change of Guard? Peter McLaughlin does not get endorsed for Hennepin County

The article, written with no sense of apology for its blunt focus on race, age and sexual preference, with little reference to policy positions, went on the describe other changes or potential changes in the guard in Minneapolis city and county positions. Nothing on addressing street crime, congestion or fixing pot holes, for example. Let’s just say it helps to get elected in Minneapolis if you are not an old, white, straight male. Sorry, Peter. ...

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Center’s New Traffic Congestion Campaign Revs Up Media Interest

American Experiment's new campaign to rev up awareness of the policies and politics behind the Twin Cities' traffic congestion has caught the attention of Fox 9 News reporter Christina Palladino. Getting stuck in traffic is now a daily ritual for many Minnesotans in the Twin Cities metro area, but one group is offering a solution to break up the congestion. Some Minnesota freeways rank in the top 50 rankings for bottleneck congestion. While most drivers just deal with it, others are pushing to change the flow of traffic. “The solution to congestion is more lanes,” said John Hinderaker, the president of a Twin Cities think tank called The Center...

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American Experiment Kicks Off Its 2018 Traffic Congestion Campaign

Last May, American Experiment released a paper on traffic congestion in the Twin Cities by Randal O'Toole. That paper was the basis for the web site MNCongestion.com and a campaign that featured radio ads, billboards and bumper stickers. The theme of the Center's project was that Twin Cities congestion is largely attributable to poor, politically-motivated decisions by unelected bureaucracies. The Met Council, in particular, has prioritized trains and bicycle paths over highways and roads, thereby making congestion worse, not better. For the details, follow the links. This Summer the Center will again focus on transportation policy. We fired our opening shot...

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The Star Tribune mischaracterizes Met Council compliance bill advancing in the U.S. House

"Congressional intent is that any MPO who’s structure changes in order to adhere to federal law, will be given a transition period. This amendment does not put in jeopardy any current or future federal investments or grants. In fact, my colleagues and I from Minnesota have been working with DOT to make certain our region gets the federal support we need." Congressman Jason Lewis (MN-02) ...

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Minneapolis Kicks Out Disabled Parking for Bike Lanes

If you harbor any doubts about how far urban elites will go to force their environmental agenda on everyone else, check out the latest from Minneapolis. Bike obsessed city planners are kicking citizens with disabilities out of their designated parking spots on the street in order to create more bike lanes in North Minneapolis, the Star Tribune reports. Since 2015, Patricia Fox has had a reserved parking space in front of her home in Minneapolis because of her multiple sclerosis. But this year, her parking space will be moved to make way for a bike lane. “[This] is the ultimate insult of someone who...

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Amendment Stops Pols From Diverting Road and Bridge Funding

There may be an amendment to the state constitution coming down the road on the ballot this November aimed at improving the state's highway infrastructure. If passed by the legislature, the ballot question would let voters decide whether the $250 million a year Minnesotans pay in taxes on oil changes, auto parts and other vehicle services should be spent on road and bridge construction only. Nothing else. A coalition of business and labor organizations called "Vote Yes 4 Roads" supports the passage of the constitutional amendment, along with a hefty majority of Minnesotans polled by the advocacy group. While those taxes...

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I Challenge Anyone at the Met Council to Watch this Video on the Coming Future of Energy and Transportation and Then Explain Why It’s Smart to ‘Invest’ $2 Billion in SW Light Rail

I would also like those at the Met Council involved with committing taxpayers to spend $2 billion on SWLRT, plus millions more annually for operations and maintenance, to read my post from last year: All the reasons the Met Council screwed up $BIG TIME by forcing light rail....

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