The big thing going on right now in the Twin Cities is planning for the Central Corridor project, the centerpiece of which is an LRT line that will down the middle of University Avenue between the downtowns of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. The idea is that this will link the downtowns, spur transit-oriented development, and revitalize certain not-so-vital areas.
One of the major issues being addressed is traffic on and around University and the light rail. Some places are already congested, and the addition new development and the complication of traffic light timing for the LRT could make things worse.
The area around the intersection of Snelling and University Aves is a good example. There was a study done on various alternatives to manage the traffic in the area (scroll down to "Snelling/University Capacity Study" on http://www.stpaul.gov/depts/publicworks/ ). Anyway, it's my feeling that the one of the options are a slam dunk, and that there are some good ones that haven't yet been considered (I'll post them after I get home from work).
My questions is, if I manage to figure out where I should be giving my feedback (There are a lot of entities involved, which is confusing to a layperson like myself), what would be the best way to approach the issue? And what kind of corespondence is likely to grab their attention? As planners, do you prefer to be pestered by us proles via email, snail mail, phone, or in person? What special considerations should I, um, consider when it comes to transportation infrastructure issues?
Thanks for the feedback, dudes and dudettes.