Council Approves $1M Campaign Over Rail Construction

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — After hearing a number of complaints, the Metropolitan Council is trying to ease the anger over the Central Corridor light rail project.

The council has approved spending more than $1 million on a marketing campaign to entice shoppers to the area. Businesses complained that the construction, which shut down much of University Avenue, really hurt their sales.

The marketing campaign is intended to boost support for those businesses and let the public know that they are open again.

Work completed in November, restoring traffic to a three-mile stretch of University and making the shops and restaurants accessible again. But in downtown St. Paul and several other places, disruptions from the light rail construction continue.

The Met Council plans on starting the campaign in March and continue it for two years during and after construction. The money is coming from a Central Corridor contingency fund provided by federal, state and county governments.

  • Taxpayer

    Who gave these unelected socialists access to public money so they could waste it?

    This is an abomination.

    • Terrace

      Did you read the article? The money was given by the Federal and State legislatures that are both controlled by the Republicans. Borrow and spend is the republican way.

  • Balanced Beam

    They are NOW controlled by Republicans. They were controlled by the Democrats when the funds were allocated.

  • Cashew

    Both the Republicans and Democrats are fiscal liberals. They only differ in what social direction they want to take the party in.

    We need a party that are fiscally conservative and socially neutral, but of course that would require the unions, businesses, and other vested parties to make it on their own without government support.

    I guess it’s the government we want – we keep voting for one or the other party, even though the differences that matter are minimal…

    • Jon

      “we keep voting for one or the other party, even though the differences that matter are minimal…”

      That’s true but that’s the way it works. We should vote for the party that is closer to fiscal responsibility and that is the Republicans.

    • Balanced Beam

      While technically “Cashew” is a nut, he or she is right on with this one.

  • Swamp Rat

    The Met Council should have done their homework and started this campaign sooner. The LRT was/is disruptive during its construction phases but the Met Council should have been been more supportive to those neighborhood businesses.

    The LRT will be beneficial to its University Corridor route when it is fully operational, however, the Met Council had better live up to its mandate and support those businesses it is supposed to keep viable.

    Maybe, it’s time for the Met Council to reexamine or reevaluate its own purpose for existing. It seems like the council is always late in being proactive to avoid crises.

  • Tkinitagain

    What is it going to take to get the point across that WE DON”T HAVE ANY MONEY!!!!

    • Cashew

      Quit voting for the people who offer the most free stuff?

      • Swamp Rat

        What has this comment have to do with the business hardships caused by the LRT in the Central Corridor area?

  • Perry

    Suggested ad:
    Hey people, we took your money and spent it on a useless mass transit project that will drain public money for the duration of it’s existence.

    In doing so, we destroyed several small businesses. So please go to the remaining businesses and spend your remaining dollars.

    Our intentions were good, we can’t help it if we’re stupid.

    That would be the most honest ad.

  • RIII

    The Met Council is made up of Union Stooges. The only best interest they have is funneling money into the pockets of the Unions. That is why we are seeing so much money wasted on Union welfare projects like the Light Rail farce.

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