Several streets in downtown St. Paul to close tonight

Several streets in downtown St. Paul will be closed this evening as city-contracted crews working on relocating underground utilities for the new light rail line flush a new water main. Full Story
Joe

Hastings, MN

#1 Jun 4, 2010
Central corridor light rail is a bad idea for so many reasons especially in these times where the state is running a deep deficit. Business and uemployment is bad now but i suspect they will get worse before they get batter. Our irresponsible MN politicians got this stupid idea in their heads and would not, and will not let it go. Just another example of them not listening to the taxpayer that seems to know better.

Light rail on University Ave will destroy traffic flow and business activity. The commute to St. Paul from Mpls is already fast and convenient by car or by bus. This is just another needless option that will be used primarily by government workers that get their fare subsidized by the taxpayer. Adding a lane in each direction to 94 would be much cheaper and more effective but there is less bang and bragging rights to doing something as dull as that.

Next they want to build a "high speed" train to Chicago. WE DON'T NEEED OR WANT IT! Once again, there are already good options for a commute to Chicago (plane, bus, Amtrak, car). This is yet another waste of money that we don't have and I suspect the train will carry more passengers from Chicago to MN than the opposite direction. Hello.... We have enough Chicago welfare people here already.

The liberal democrats don't seem to get it. God help us if they hold the house and senate AND gain the governor spot. We NEED to vote out all incumbents in November and do it again for the next couple of years to flush the toilet at the Capital in St. Paul. I hope EVERYONE will get out and vote this year (just once please), especially those of you that don't usually vote. We need you to vote this year to stop the carnage. I don't know anyone that is happy with the way things are going in this country or Minnesota. They took away our good living while we were asleep. They robbed us of our freedom and our wealth while enriching themselves. Lets make it right again in November and stop this nonsense.
light rail

Elk River, MN

#2 Jun 4, 2010
Just great to know that we are wasting more money on light rail.

Since: Dec 09

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Jun 4, 2010
whah whah whah. If you don't want cities with theaters, parks, stadiums, mass transit, move to north dakota.
yah

Hopkins, MN

#4 Jun 4, 2010
1. Post your uninformed remarks on a relevent article and maybe some other Republicans will read it.

2. Light Rail has been proven worthwhile in many many states and countries.

3. All your alternatives (bus, plane and car) are based on the pollution that Light Rail in part aims to lessen.

I could keep listing things wrong with your arguement and things positive of Light Rail but I really don't want to write a book. I won't even delve into your racist comment.

What is this "good living" you speak of Joe? Bush era living? Because he is 90% of our problems today.

Bush...The President of no accomplishments.
Bob the Builderman

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Jun 4, 2010
Joe spewed: Just another example of them not listening to the taxpayer that seems to know better.

Well Joe I feel just the opposite. I think light rail is a great idea and I am glad the legislators listened to me for a change. I am even happy to help pay for it even though I may never use it! Like one of the other posters commented, you could always leave and see how you like North Dakota.
Daniel Bliss

United States

#6 Jun 4, 2010
Don't they always roll the sidewalks up at night in St. Paul? Just kidding. I don't live in the Twin Cities, but just to the south of the Cities. I go to many events in Minneapolis because the light rail makes it easy to do so. If St. Paul residents don't want to have light rail, I suppose they don't have to have it. I can keep going to where mass transit makes it easier. And spend my bucks there.
the Proud Contrarian

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Jun 4, 2010
lol.....like anyone would notice.
Patrick S

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Jun 4, 2010
spectre000 wrote:
whah whah whah. If you don't want cities with theaters, parks, stadiums, mass transit, move to north dakota.
Actually North Dakota is one of the only few states that aren't so deep in the red and actually have jobs and no people to fill them right now. So yeah North Dakota is doing something right and MN and the rest of the country is doing something massively wrong.
Bulldogs Conscience

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Jun 4, 2010
Patrick S wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually North Dakota is one of the only few states that aren't so deep in the red and actually have jobs and no people to fill them right now. So yeah North Dakota is doing something right and MN and the rest of the country is doing something massively wrong.
It's called 'having oil'
Truth

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Jun 4, 2010
Joe wrote:
Central corridor light rail is a bad idea for so many reasons especially in these times where the state is running a deep deficit. Business and uemployment is bad now but i suspect they will get worse before they get batter. Our irresponsible MN politicians got this stupid idea in their heads and would not, and will not let it go. Just another example of them not listening to the taxpayer that seems to know better.
Light rail on University Ave will destroy traffic flow and business activity. The commute to St. Paul from Mpls is already fast and convenient by car or by bus. This is just another needless option that will be used primarily by government workers that get their fare subsidized by the taxpayer. Adding a lane in each direction to 94 would be much cheaper and more effective but there is less bang and bragging rights to doing something as dull as that.
Next they want to build a "high speed" train to Chicago. WE DON'T NEEED OR WANT IT! Once again, there are already good options for a commute to Chicago (plane, bus, Amtrak, car). This is yet another waste of money that we don't have and I suspect the train will carry more passengers from Chicago to MN than the opposite direction. Hello.... We have enough Chicago welfare people here already.
The liberal democrats don't seem to get it. God help us if they hold the house and senate AND gain the governor spot. We NEED to vote out all incumbents in November and do it again for the next couple of years to flush the toilet at the Capital in St. Paul. I hope EVERYONE will get out and vote this year (just once please), especially those of you that don't usually vote. We need you to vote this year to stop the carnage. I don't know anyone that is happy with the way things are going in this country or Minnesota. They took away our good living while we were asleep. They robbed us of our freedom and our wealth while enriching themselves. Lets make it right again in November and stop this nonsense.
Joe, I sympathize with you, but if you are looking to live in a state with low taxes, you'd be best off trying South Dakota or one of the southern states like Mississippi. While I agree that there is some waste in government, no one is robbing you of your wealth. The majority of us like our standard of living and the services that the state supplies - and things like light rail have a lot of support here. In years with a bad economy, tax collections always go down and we go through the same hassle in the Capitol. When the economy picks up, there'll be surpluses again like not that many years ago. The Tea Party people have some good ideas, but they are way too far right for most of us Minnesotans - although if you read the posts on Topix you wouldn't believe that; Topix is a hotbed of ultra-far right individuals.
burp

Houston, TX

#11 Jun 4, 2010
Truth wrote:
<quoted text>
Joe, I sympathize with you, but if you are looking to live in a state with low taxes, you'd be best off trying South Dakota or one of the southern states like Mississippi. While I agree that there is some waste in government, no one is robbing you of your wealth. The majority of us like our standard of living and the services that the state supplies - and things like light rail have a lot of support here. In years with a bad economy, tax collections always go down and we go through the same hassle in the Capitol. When the economy picks up, there'll be surpluses again like not that many years ago. The Tea Party people have some good ideas, but they are way too far right for most of us Minnesotans - although if you read the posts on Topix you wouldn't believe that; Topix is a hotbed of ultra-far right individuals.
Tell the truth, you are a govt worker right?
Kevin G

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Jun 5, 2010
At least they will have some action down there now. Unfortunately it will just be more government workers.
Patrick S

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Jun 5, 2010
Bulldogs Conscience wrote:
<quoted text>
It's called 'having oil'
If that were the case then California, Texas, and Oklahoma would also be in the green with many other states that produce oil. I will admit that I don't know all of the details on why North Dakota is actually in the green for but if Minnesota would just look into it and figure it out it might actually work for us also. Minnesota actually has a lot of other resources that we could be making money off of but for some reason don't. We have two of the biggest shipping lanes in the US with the Mississippi river and Lake Superior and we also have tons of ore that is not being wanted by anyone. We just need some real people in the government and not idiots, and or people who actually have the best interest of the people of MN in everyway.
Downtowner

Iron River, WI

#14 Jun 5, 2010
Light rail has many positives - least of which is jobs now. The economy still needs stimulus - especially in the area of employment. We need to incentivize hiring and green (less dependent on oil) developments like mass transit. The spending strategies to get the US out of the mess its in have worked so far but have focused on financial institutions - strategies are now needed to benefit workers to get them off unemployment and back paying taxes and spending.
Kellogg Square

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Jun 5, 2010
I rode the #94 bus from downtown Saint Paul to downtown Minneapolis yesterday for, as a senior, 75 cents, round trip. It took about 25 minutes, including the driver helping a wheelchair passenger get in and secured. From Sixth Street there were three stops before 94 and some five stops before I got off at Nicollet. Will the light rail be better? It's hard to say, but the fewer stops between the downtowns the better. I'm for express trains rather than milk trains.

“Sharon4Anderson”

Since: Feb 08

St. Paul, Minnesota

#16 Jun 5, 2010
Kellogg Square wrote:
I rode the #94 bus from downtown Saint Paul to downtown Minneapolis yesterday for, as a senior, 75 cents, round trip. It took about 25 minutes, including the driver helping a wheelchair passenger get in and secured. From Sixth Street there were three stops before 94 and some five stops before I got off at Nicollet. Will the light rail be better? It's hard to say, but the fewer stops between the downtowns the better. I'm for express trains rather than milk trains.
CITY ST.PAUL WHAT A MESS, HOPE DISTRICT ENERGY PIPES WILL NOT "BLOW" LIKEN TO OUR OIL DISASTER, 94 BUS IS JUST GREAT TAKE THE 94 BUS THE TRAIN GOES AGAINST OUR FIDICUARY GRAIN, GREED FOR SPEED, LOSS OF TAX BASE GOOD GOD WHERE IS AMAZING GRACE

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