Hennepin County approves route for So...

Hennepin County approves route for Southwest light-rail, linkin...

There are 42 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Dec 11, 2009, titled Hennepin County approves route for Southwest light-rail, linkin.... In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

The Central Corridor light-rail line is getting all the headlines, but the next phase of the Metropolitan Council's 2030 transit expansion plan is making headway of its own.

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BUILD IT NOW

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Dec 12, 2009
I take the Hiawatha Light Rail everyday to downtown Minneapolis. It is pathetic that the Central Corridor Light Rail will open 10 years after the successful Hiawatha Line. With its high projected ridership and route that connects 2 downtowns and the U of M campus, this should have been open by now.

Thank you U of M administration and MN Public Radio !! Get out of the way !!

The Southwest Line preferred route has a lot of stations. The long stretches between some of the stations will need to allow for top speeds (55 mph), or the total commute time from the Park N Ride ramp to downtown will take too long to get people out of their cars.
Watch TheUFL

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Dec 12, 2009
They really need a Rail Czar and MN State bonding to finance of this instead of waiting for Federal funding!
Cool

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Dec 12, 2009
Hey, a stop in the Kenwood by Hidden Beach on Cedar Lake! Cool man!!
Walterj

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Dec 12, 2009
While a dining car would not be feasible on the light rail lines, a cup of coffee would be ideal. Perhaps some pastry, too.
Anne

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Dec 12, 2009
Walterj wrote:
While a dining car would not be feasible on the light rail lines, a cup of coffee would be ideal. Perhaps some pastry, too.
In Seattle WA they have trailers that you can purchase food from while you wait for the Ferry or the trains and buses.
Cybear

Hugo, MN

#6 Dec 12, 2009
MORE BOONDOGGLES?????
Elvis Aaron Presley

Hopkins, MN

#7 Dec 12, 2009
get this done asap!! why isn't stimulus spent on this?
mmmmm donuts

Buffalo, MN

#8 Dec 12, 2009
Walterj wrote:
While a dining car would not be feasible on the light rail lines, a cup of coffee would be ideal. Perhaps some pastry, too.
Served by a topless carhop I hope
mmmmm donuts

Buffalo, MN

#9 Dec 12, 2009
Anne wrote:
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In Seattle WA they have trailers that you can purchase food from while you wait for the Ferry or the trains and buses.
I wonder if they will accept food stamps for the trailer food???
LOL

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Dec 12, 2009
We need a line from
Saint Paul to Minneapolis!!!
BUILD IT NOW

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Dec 12, 2009
Watch TheUFL wrote:
They really need a Rail Czar and MN State bonding to finance of this instead of waiting for Federal funding!
I agree with you about the urgency of getting this and other parts of the transportation network moving forward, but Minnesota ranks in the bottom half (I think #37) in terms of how much states receive back from the Federal Government. We don't have all of the retirees that southern and western states (FL, AZ, NV, CA, TX) have drawing Social Security, Medicare, etc. We hardly have any defense contractors or NASA facilities (FL, TX, CA). Many welfare recipients stay somewhere warmer. There are really no large military bases or Coast Guard operations in the state (boarder patrol to protect against the Canadians is minimal).

Transit projects are one of the few ways we can get dollars back for improving the standard of living here.
Bruce

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Dec 12, 2009
The dumbest, most absurd 'system' ever imagined. The state had 'extra' money and instead of returning it to taxpayers our idiot governor started a $300 million project with no debate and no discussion. The $300 million grew to over $700 million and now without any debate or common sense we are adding idiotic after idiotic expansion to an already embarasing disaster. Howmuch money are we going to trow away before someone has the courage to say enough is enough?

Billions to subsidize a handful of riders that will have virtually no effect on traffic levels. A perfect progressive idea. Billions spent, no real benefit. But it is so fashionable who cares.

When the met council starts assigning you your cubicle called a home in the lttle pod developments around the rail stations I hope you all enjoy your selves.

The founders would cry if they could see what we are becoming.
Bruce

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Dec 12, 2009
BUILD IT NOW wrote:
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I agree with you about the urgency of getting this and other parts of the transportation network moving forward, but Minnesota ranks in the bottom half (I think #37) in terms of how much states receive back from the Federal Government. We don't have all of the retirees that southern and western states (FL, AZ, NV, CA, TX) have drawing Social Security, Medicare, etc. We hardly have any defense contractors or NASA facilities (FL, TX, CA). Many welfare recipients stay somewhere warmer. There are really no large military bases or Coast Guard operations in the state (boarder patrol to protect against the Canadians is minimal).
Transit projects are one of the few ways we can get dollars back for improving the standard of living here.
None of this improves our standard of living. Federal money is not free money. If we really want to build it then pass the tax increases to build it. It would be very obvious that it was not cost effective. A fraction of the money from the federal government does not make it a good idea. If you want to take a traing to work move to New York or Chicago. Don't expect me to pay for your train ride.
Bruce

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Dec 12, 2009
BUILD IT NOW wrote:
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I agree with you about the urgency of getting this and other parts of the transportation network moving forward, but Minnesota ranks in the bottom half (I think #37) in terms of how much states receive back from the Federal Government. We don't have all of the retirees that southern and western states (FL, AZ, NV, CA, TX) have drawing Social Security, Medicare, etc. We hardly have any defense contractors or NASA facilities (FL, TX, CA). Many welfare recipients stay somewhere warmer. There are really no large military bases or Coast Guard operations in the state (boarder patrol to protect against the Canadians is minimal).
Transit projects are one of the few ways we can get dollars back for improving the standard of living here.
Are you really that stupid?

You think having more welfare recipients would result in a gain for the state?

Forget my question, you are that stupid.

Hold the presses everyone. The answer to prosperity is having more welfare recipients.

I'll bet you voted for Franken and hope and change.
BUILD IT NOW

Minneapolis, MN

#15 Dec 12, 2009
Cybear wrote:
MORE BOONDOGGLES?????
Eden Prairie (with a large Park N Ride ramp, Eden Prairie Center, major employers in Golden Triangle area), Minnetonka (Opus office park), Edina, Hopkins, St. Louis Park, Minneapolis neighborhoods around the Lakes, the new Twins stadium at the Multi-Modal Transit Station (that means it connects to 2 other rail lines)-- yep, you're right ! No one will ride this "boondoggle" to any of these major locations. NOT.
BUILD IT NOW

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Dec 12, 2009
Bruce wrote:
<quoted text>
None of this improves our standard of living. Federal money is not free money. If we really want to build it then pass the tax increases to build it. It would be very obvious that it was not cost effective. A fraction of the money from the federal government does not make it a good idea. If you want to take a traing to work move to New York or Chicago. Don't expect me to pay for your train ride.
Bruce, speaking of stupid, I don't really need to pay for more roads and highways for you to drive your SUV on ! Adding more lanes doesn't work, MORON.
BUILD IT NOW

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Dec 12, 2009
Bruce wrote:
<quoted text>
Are you really that stupid?
You think having more welfare recipients would result in a gain for the state?
Forget my question, you are that stupid.
Hold the presses everyone. The answer to prosperity is having more welfare recipients.
I'll bet you voted for Franken and hope and change.
Bruce, you Fmoron, I listed 6 examples of where the taxes we pay to DC get mostly re-distributed to other states: entitlement programs to retirees, NASA, military bases, defense contractors, Coast Guard, and welfare programs. If you take just one of those examples and twist it to be my entire argument, plus think I'm saying more welfare recipients here would improve the state's standard of living, you need to take the whole pill tonight. Ffool !
Cool

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Dec 12, 2009
How about extending the Hiawatha Line to the MN Zoo? How about running commuter rail on the existing Dan Patch line.
Elvis Aaron Presley

Hopkins, MN

#19 Dec 12, 2009
Bruce wrote:
The dumbest, most absurd 'system' ever imagined. The state had 'extra' money and instead of returning it to taxpayers our idiot governor started a $300 million project with no debate and no discussion. The $300 million grew to over $700 million and now without any debate or common sense we are adding idiotic after idiotic expansion to an already embarasing disaster. Howmuch money are we going to trow away before someone has the courage to say enough is enough?
Billions to subsidize a handful of riders that will have virtually no effect on traffic levels. A perfect progressive idea. Billions spent, no real benefit. But it is so fashionable who cares.
When the met council starts assigning you your cubicle called a home in the lttle pod developments around the rail stations I hope you all enjoy your selves.
The founders would cry if they could see what we are becoming.
you are one of the most obtuse unimaginative people i have ever heard. This is the future. Mass transit, smart grid technology, electric cars, all ways to help americans and the world have a better life and lifestyle. Oil is soon to be obsolete. Efficiency Efficiency Efficiency. I imagine you are scared since you will be left behind.
Wenga T Orips

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Dec 12, 2009
NO! NO! Don't encourage suburbanites to swarm into the city! Instead, build a huge wall to keep them out!
Just kidding. Actually, this sounds pretty smart.
When does 394 get its own rail line?

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