2011 --A Quick Take on the Year, Plus Some Blogs Not to Miss
From Hilary Reeves, TLC
It seems a good time to cast a backward glance at 2011 and to retrieve some of the blog entries we might have missed in the hurly-burly of the year. What are your highlights of 2011—memorable events, positive or negative?
- Defending transit service despite cuts to general fund allocation for transit. Hats off to our members & allies.
- New bikeways opening across Twin Cities, thanks to BWTC nonmotorized transportation pilot program.
- Central Corridor 30% complete. Union Depot groundbreaking. Preliminary Engineering begins on Southwest LRT.
- Ongoing federal bike/ped funding for states preserved (for now). Kudos to Minnesota’s Senators Klobuchar and Franken for voting against efforts to eliminate dedicated funding for Transportation Enhancements.
- $51m cut to General Fund allocation to Transit and MN State Government shutdown – resulting in slowdown of light rail/bus rapid transit build-out.
- EPA regulations to improve air quality postponed.
- New St Croix Crossing. The momentum for the mega-bridge has slowed, with questions about the huge cost, especially given other transportation needs.
- New Federal Transportation Law. Committees in Congress are marking up legislation. Keep up to date via Transportation for America.
As we head into 2012, here are 10 pieces from our blogs we want to make sure you didn't miss. And, we take this opportunity to say thank you again to Michelle Dibblee, who left TLC in 2011 to work for Minnesotans United for All Families; Alicia Adams, who now works with Redeemer Center for Life and the Venture North Bike Walk Center. We also send a huge thank you to Andrea Kiepe, who departs at the end of December. She has been an amazing Minnesota/North Dakota organizer for our partners, Transportation for America.
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What does this new vision mean for Minnesota’s transportation investments?