Dan Olson Feature Archive

Ridership on the Northstar commuter rail line went up last month. That's welcome news for the service, which runs passenger trains daily between Big Lake and Minneapolis, because ridership last year was 20 percent below projections. (02/14/2011)
The Metropolitan Council's goal is that women and minority subcontractors win 15 percent of the Central Corridor work. That's nearly double the goal set by the federal government for public works projects. (02/09/2011)
MnDOT has repeatedly failed over the past decade to meet its goals for hiring women and minorities. But after two years of negotiations with critics and others to change the patter, the department, has a new hiring plan. (02/04/2011)
Some metro area mayors are pleased with Gov. Mark Dayton's proposed bonding bill, which includes money for repairs to Target Center and roadway improvement near the Mall of America, but getting approved from the GOP-controlled Legislature will be a tough sell. (02/01/2011)
A Metro Transit spokesman says light-rail service has been halted in downtown Minneapolis because of a downed wire that powers the trains from overhead. (01/27/2011)
The number of juveniles behind bars in Hennepin County is down by nearly half from five years ago, the Hennepin County officials reported Thursday. (01/27/2011)
Tucked inside a new Legislative Auditor's report on transit is a recommendation that lawmakers repeal an obscure state law that bans studying commuter rail service from Northfield to Minneapolis. (01/26/2011)
In a new report, the Legislative Auditor says the governance of Twin Cities transit is complex and fragmented and reform should start by changing the membership of the Metropolitan Council. (01/21/2011)
Thursday night into Friday morning is expected to be the coldest night of the winter so far, and yet some outreach workers predict a number of homeless people will sleep outside. (01/20/2011)
Minnesota transportation officials say tolls could pay nearly half the cost of a new St. Croix River crossing near Stillwater, if one should ever be built. (01/19/2011)
Twin Cities transit ridership made a comeback last year, after a drop during the recession. (01/18/2011)
Construction crews are starting a $243 million renovation that will turn St. Paul's historic Union Depot back into a hub for trains and buses. (01/18/2011)
The mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul said they expect proposals this legislative session to further reduce local government aid to Minnesota cities. (01/14/2011)
St. Paul police and the FBI are investigating an early morning armored car robbery. (01/14/2011)
The Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors released 2010 numbers on Thursday showing the worst sales year in eight years. (01/13/2011)