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Feds Sign Commitment To LRT Funding

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(credit: Metro Transit)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Federal officials on Tuesday signed a formal funding commitment for the Central Corridor light rail line said to be the largest public works project in Minnesota’s history.

The federal government is providing $478 million for the 11-mile light rail line between downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis.

The $957 million project is about 12 percent complete. The Met Council awarded construction contracts last year after local funding partners committed to the project. So far, it’s created about 570 jobs.

Trains are expected to run beginning in 2014.

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