GOP killed road and bridge funding across the state because they wouldn’t let metro counties pay for its own transit. The South West Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) project has been subjected to willful disinformation by those who oppose transit categorically. The false arguments about the legislative process allow Republicans to obscure the truth and their […] Read more
In response to House Republicans’ Moorhead visit today to the critical rail grade crossing project, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) has released the following statement.
Compromise fails to develop for comprehensive transportation bill In 2015, the Senate DFL passed a comprehensive, long-term transportation funding bill that would meet the needs of Minnesota’s transportation network. It would raise significant new revenue that would be dedicated for our roads and bridges, and include new funding for our transit network in the metro […] Read more
Disputes between railroad and utility companies will have an easier resolution thanks to legislation passed this year. Currently, railroads and utilities come to terms about agreements for utilities to run fiber optics, sewer, electrical, gas, and other lines under railroad right-of-ways. However, this has led to some problems. Utilities feel they are being charged excessive […] Read more
This bill creates an exception to weight restrictions for compressed natural gas trucks, and follows federal changes that were part of the FAST Act. The weight increase is the difference between the tank and the fueling system compared to a similar diesel fueling system, maxed out at 2,000 pounds. (H.F. 3588)
The bill makes changes and provides clarity to the process of adding manure to land adjacent to roadways and addresses unintended consequences of previous legislation that was changed in the Omnibus “Lights On” Transportation Bill in 2015. The manure application process usually involves placing high pressure hoses on a road’s right-of-way. Current practice has the […] Read more