News about communities, transit, parks, water issues, regional planning

Regional park visits reach new high in 2019

Visits to regional parks and trails continued to trend upward in 2019, climbing to an estimated 63.3 million visits. The estimate is the highest on record and represents a 6.3% increase over 2018.

Date: Monday, July 6, 2020

Orange Line construction kicks into high gear

When it opens late next year, the METRO Orange Line bus rapid transit will provide frequent, all-day service between Minneapolis, Richfield, Bloomington, and Burnsville along I-35W.

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Wastewater may yield clues to COVID-19 infection rates

Samples of Metro Plant wastewater are being researched to determine if SARS-CoV-2 genetic material can be reliably quantified and related to the prevalence of COVID-19 in the plant’s service area.

Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Council proposes 2% wastewater rate increase for 2021

Environmental Services will transfer additional funds from the SAC reserve fund to help pay directly for capital improvements, as well as draw $2 million from its general reserve fund.

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Protecting our health and water quality

365 days a year, 24 hours a day, through the COVID-19 pandemic, Metropolitan Council Environmental Services workers are on the job to protect public health and environment.

Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Earth Day at 50

At the Met Council, every day is Earth Day.

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Upcoming Events
  • Public meeting for the Draft 2021-24 Transportation Improvement Program

    The Transportation Advisory Board is receiving public comment on the Draft 2021-24 Transportation Improvement Program. The program includes highway, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian projects proposed in the Twin Cities metropolitan area in the next four years.

    Date: 7/13/2020
    Time: 4:00 PM

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  • CARES Act Recovery Assistance Planning Session

    The Center for Economic Inclusion, Greater MSP, and the Met Council will host a virtual planning session to share ideas and discuss regional priorities for funding. Representatives from the three organizations will be on-hand to provide updates and answer questions about the Regional Economic Framework.

    Date: 7/15/2020
    Time: 11:00 AM

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