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People/businesses need to see the true cost of parking to  help conserve energy and combat pollution and traffic. The current developments are not conductive for transit/walking/biking .It is wasteful and discourages people from walking with promote obesity.

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Congestion during the morning and afternoon rush hours could be greatly alleviated by more teleworking.  There are many types of jobs (particularly office jobs) where people could work from home one or more days/week.  The effect of more teleworking is less peak hour demand on our roadways, less need for future road and bridge expansion (saves money), greater employer satisfaction/retention, improved profitibility for businesses since they need less office space, etc.  Teleworking is being done in metro areas all over the United States including right here in the Twin Cities.  Let's be a national leader in teleworking!

15 Votes Acknowledged

There are a couple of reasons why MnPASS lanes are a solution to some of the region's transportation issues:

1. Motorists have a choice of the free general purpose lanes or the MnPASS lane.

2. MnPASS lanes preserve the travel advantage for transit and carpools, which encourages these forms of transport.  Transit and carpools use the MnPASS lanes for free, skip the congestion, and riders can enjoy a reliable trip time.  Also, encouraging transit takes extra vehicles off the roads for everyone else who is driving.

3. No matter what the congestion, motorists can get to a work meeting, pick up their kids from daycare, get to child’s sporting event, get to shift job on time (without the I-394 MnPASS lanes, I would have been late to countless business meetings-they are good for business).

4. By just adding another free general purpose lane, after a few years, the congestion will fill up this new lanes, leaving people frustrated again.  MnPASS will help preserve the road investment because as more people want to use the lane, the price rises to keep the lane moving at highway speeds.

3 Votes Acknowledged

While the Twin Cities have great local parks, the Regional Parks (supported by the Met Council) are heavily skewed towards large, suburban fringe park preserves that are at least a 30-45 minute drive for most central area residents. If we are building all these great trains and rail lines, please put parks and natural areas along them so that people can experience cleaner air and natural land close to the development that is supposed to come with the trains.

6 Votes Acknowledged

Lamont x over 5 years ago

Offer a discount for monthly senior pass They should not be restricted during peak times.Senior will be encouraged to ride the bus instead of driving cars.

25 Votes Acknowledged

We could be more strategic about protecting the recharge areas that are the ultimate source of water for over half the region's population.

20 Votes Acknowledged

Lanya Ross over 5 years ago

In the last survey of metropolitan area residents, 95% noted the Council’s role in monitoring water supply and quality, as well as its responsibility for treating wastewater, as important to the region’s quality of life.

So much work is done at the individual, community, and regional level to check and clean our lakes, rivers, and aquifers that help define our quality of life. Do you agree?

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THIS route is fast but have too many long gaps between buses Fill all gaps longer than 30mins at nights and Sundays Sat run 20mins midday .The LRt will not open until 2014  It make no sense to spend $1M in Highland to run the commuter rt134/144 when there are existing high frequecy buslines there.

Rt 94 serves the 2 largest cities in both directions  and connects to many routes so this routes housld be given HIGH PRIORITY.RT 3/ 16 is over an hour commute.

27 Votes Acknowledged

The Minneapolis/St. Paul neighborhoods need more lighting (specifically pedestrian-level).  I understand this would be expensive to implement in every neighborhood, but those with longer blocks (South Minneapolis) and more crime should have more lighting to reduce crime and allow people to feel more safe in general.

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The world is different. World and U.S. populations are deacreasing. However, Twin Cities population has stayed about the same because of immigration from dry parts of the U.S., especially the Southwest where water shortages cannot support the populations that once lived there.

Even Minnesota with good water resources has to be extremely careful about water use. Most hard surface run-off is captured in swales and cisterns. The water utility supplies potable water for only those uses that require potability, not for toilets or yards. Gray water re-use is extensive.

More than half the vegetables consumed in the Twin Cities are grown within the metro area. Almost all yards have a vegetable garden. Urban farmers tend the gardens in yards of those people who don't garden. Many more community garden spaces are available, especially near apartment and condominium buildings. Most other foods are sourced regionally, since transportation costs soared. 

Public transportation is widely available. Bicycle routes are extensive. A network of streets are dedicated to human powered transportation. Private cars are absent. Car sharing and pickup truck sharing are readily available for those occasional load-carrying trips. Much shopping is done at neighborhood businesses. Much less shopping occurs because we are no longer geared for consuming.

Rail lines include passenger service so people can get to any Minnesota city or town that had a rail line in 2010. High-speed rail turned out not to be desirable once people discovered extensive coverage was possible by bringing existing lines and equipment up to original standards.

The amount of coal, oil, and natural gas that is used in down 90% from 2010 levels. The increased difficulty of extraction has increased the cost and made them less available, as has public pressure too maintain a stable atmosphere.

Building codes emphasize much higher insulation, but most builders choose to exceed the minimum requirement. Exterior walls are a foot thick or more. Furnaces and boilers are miniscule as compared to those in the early 2000's. District heating is much more common -- even mini-districts of one or two city blocks. The little fossil fuel that is used for heating feeds cogenerators so that the fuel generates electricity and the heat left over is captured for buiding heat or process heat.

Many city blocks have evolved to eliminate the alley, creating a large common space. On many of these blocks people have found ways to combine several single family homes into a larger building to eliminate many exterior walls and increase the energy performance. People know their immediate neighbors and cooperate extensively.

Many metro industries have come into existence using modern technology to create the goods used in the metro area.

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