The links below will bring you to Transit for Livable Communities' web site,
where you can find more information about our work.

TLC is on the web! You can connect with us on our blog, on Facebook, on Flickr, and even on Twitter. Our monthly newsletter now features some of the best blog pieces from the past month. Enjoy, and drop us a line with questions or thoughts! 

TLC Happenings...

It's been a busy legislative session, as TLC and our members and allies battle to protect transit funding. As you'll read below, we could not do it without you.

In addition to the news items below, please note that there are several openings on the Metropolitan Council's Transit Advisory Board (TAB)--the deadline to apply is April 18. TLC strongly encourages our supporters to consider this opportunity. We also want to make sure you see a new report about our nation's bridges from our partner Transportation for America.

To stay up-to-date about our work at the Capitol and ways you can be involved, email Michelle at to be added to the The Capitol Line email list. Capitol Line emails will be sent every other week and with breaking news.

For volunteer opportunities in your area, join our Let's Go volunteer network! Members receive the Let's Go email highlighting volunteer opportunities with TLC. Email Michelle at to join.

Best of the Blog

Hats Off to our Members and Allies!
From Michelle Dibblee, Senior Organizer

crowded room at transportation committee hearing, March 2011 Thank you! TLC members and allies filled the room and testified at recent House and Senate Transportation Committee meetings, reminding legislators of the many people who use our buses and trains. Thanks too, to those who spoke at our press conference at the Capitol on March 31.Read more.

Transit Cuts in House and Senate Bills
From Dave Van Hattum, Policy and Advocacy Program Manager

The House and Senate have both passed transportation bills. The House bill entirely eliminates the General Fund allocation to transit and would lead to $7 peak fares or make it necessary to cut our (already small) bus system nearly in half. Read more. 

Southwest Metro Transit
From Bill Neuendorf, Policy and Advocacy Program Director 

Southwest Transit bus Transit for Livable Communities staff recently visited Len Simich, the Executive Director of SouthWest Transit (SWT) to learn more about SWT services, its riders, and their concerns during these challenging economic times. Read more.  

BWTC Update

Bicycling and Walking Counts!

women bicyclists Bike Walk Twin Cities, a program of Transit for Livable Communities, released new data about bicycling and walking from 2007-2010. Bicycling is up 33% and walking is up 17%. With expansion of the Nice Ride Minnesota bike sharing system and many new BWTC-funded bike ways opening in 2011, the news can only get better!  Read More. 

Interested in BWTC news?  Email Amber at AmberC[at] to be added to the Bike Walk Twin Cities E-newsletter.

Upcoming Events

6th Annual Sustainable Communities Conference

Sat., April 9, 8:30-4:30, Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN

500 community volunteers leading green teams with neighborhoods, transition towns, block clubs, schools, congregations and garden clubs will shard fun project ideas and hands on resources. More information

Community Discussion: Transit in the SW Metro

Weds., April 27, 7:00-8:30 pm, Depot Coffee House, Hopkins, MN

Legislators at the Capitol are proposing massive cuts to transit around the state. Join us for a presentation and discussion about the impact on Southwest Light Rail Transit and buses in Edina, St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie. More information.

Community Discussion: East Metro Transit

Monday, May 2, 7:00-8:30 pm, Guardian Angels Church, Oakdale, MN

Transit For Livable Communities is hosting this forum to facilitate discussion around public transit in Washington County. More information.

The Details

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Transit for Livable Communities
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Phone: 651-767-0298  Fax: 651-221-9831

Transit for Livable Communities is a non-profit organization working to reform Minnesota's transportation system. Through advocacy, organizing, and research, we promote a balanced transportation system that encourages transit, walking, bicycling, and thoughtful development.
Volume V, Issue 4
April, 2011

In this Issue...
* TLC Happenings...

* Hats Off to our Members and Allies
*Transit Cuts in House and Senate
*Southwest Metro Transit
* BWTC Update--Greenways Anyone?
* Events

TLC in the News

Be sure to check out our Weekly Transportation News post on the TLC blog to stay current with transportation happenings in the Twin Cities and across the globe.

Star Tribune pro-transit editorial

Minn Post: MSP grows but only at the edges


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