Henry Pan (pronouns: They/He/佢/他) is a Twin Cities-based journalist, cartographer and photographer passionate about human interests and all things transportation. They have a background in urban planning, a disdain for Minnesota Nice, and a penchant for solitude, transit and bicycle joyrides.
The Legislature has a long to-do list on transportation
By: Henry Pan - February 24, 2021
Every morning, Linda Hale crosses University Avenue just outside of Northtown Mall in Blaine to get to work at the local Burger King. She sees people zooming by on what the Minnesota Department of Transportation calls a rural road. She knows of two people who were hit and killed there. “I wish they would slow […]
Without help from the Legislature or Congress, Metro Transit is in trouble
By: Henry Pan - November 23, 2020
This year has been a wild ride for Metro Transit and the Metropolitan Council that manages it. They traded a driver shortage for a pandemic that decimated ridership and revenue, forcing it to cut service for the foreseeable future. Metro Transit continues to struggle for stable funding, while receiving endless criticism from its riders and […]
As committee examines Met Council, a primer: What is it? How did it come to be?
By: Henry Pan - October 26, 2020
No Minnesota government agency inspires more heat — and with it, less light — than the Metropolitan Council. Composed of 17 appointees of the governor, the Met Council, as it is known, is responsible for transportation, housing, land use, parks, and sewer planning and operations in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The late Arthur Naftalin, who was […]
COVID-19 reduces Amtrak service here, in another blow to the future of passenger rail
By: Henry Pan - September 1, 2020
Kyle Rusness travels between St. Paul and Detroit Lakes to see family. Rusness is a chef who uses the Amtrak “Empire Builder” line because it works with his schedule. “It’s like a commute; I can sleep on the train and be ready for work in the morning,” he said on a train heading to the […]