Business, Logistics, TCA

Minnesota Carrier LME Abruptly Closes Doors


New Brighton, Minn., carrier LME abruptly shut down 30 delivery terminals July 11, leaving hundreds of workers laid off with no notice and at least some unpaid.

Dee DePass | Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
July 12, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Minnesota Senate Strikes Proposed Fuel Tax Hike

Minnesota Senate Gov. Tim Walz speaks at a press conference. (Jim Mone/Associated Press)

A proposed 20-cent hike to the fuel tax did not survive the scrutiny of the Minnesota Senate, which passed a transportation finance bill May 1.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 2, 2019
Business, Logistics, TCA

Canadian National Rail Pledges $80 Million for Minnesota Improvements

Brent Lewin/Bloomberg News

Canadian National Railway plans to invest more than $80 million in Minnesota this year — spending it, they said, would strengthen the company’s rail network across the state.

Brady Slater | Duluth (Minn.) News Tribune
April 16, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Minnesota DOT Leaders Urge Caution as Construction Season Begins

Minnesota road sign Tony Webster/Flickr

Minnesota Department of Transportation officials urged freight haulers and motorists to know their routes and allow extra time for trips as the agency starts work on 221 projects this construction season.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 9, 2019
Government, Business

ASCE Gives Minnesota Infrastructure a C

Minnesota road with autumn color Some roads in Minnesota are scenic, but the state's roads earned a D+ from ASCE. (Shutterstock)

Minnesota has received a C grade on the American Society of Civil Engineers’ most recent infrastructure report card.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 16, 2018
Government, Business, TCA

Minnesota Voters to Decide Fate of Auto Tax for Roads, Bridges

Minnesota Welcome Sign Lorie Shaull/Flickr

Come November, Minnesotans may decide whether the sales tax they pay for a variety of auto-related services — from oil changes to car rentals — should be dedicated solely to road and bridge improvements across the state.

Janet Moore | Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
April 13, 2018

Minnesota Announces $1 Billion in Road and Bridge Projects in 2018

Interstate 35 Minnesota Tony Webster/Flickr

Minnesota Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle announced April 4 that $1.1 billion will be dedicated to state road and bridge projects that will be worked on throughout the year.

April 6, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

Minnesota DOT Studies Tolling Along Major Twin Cities Routes

I-35 in Minnesota Doug Kerr/Flickr

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is considering the cost of expanding its tolling program, according to a feasibility study of several major corridors.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 31, 2018
Government, Business

State DOT Leaders Stress Importance of Connections With Freight Movers

Minnesota DOT's Charles Zelle Minnesota DOT's Charles Zelle at TRB in Washington. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — State departments of transportation could benefit from establishing a rapport with freight movers and companies that need goods to be moved, according to Utah Department of Transportation Director Carlos Braceras.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 9, 2018
Government, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Minnesota DOT Tests Driverless Shuttle Bus

Renee Jones Schneider/Star Tribune

With a cheery chime, a small, squarish minibus eased forward and tentatively took to the “highway” Dec. 12, advancing to a top speed of 3 miles per hour in the frigid morning air punctuated by a dash of swirling snow.

Janet Moore | Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
December 13, 2017