Met Council To Vote Wednesday On SWLRT Funding

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Met Council is voting on Wednesday on authorizing funding to potentially save the Southwest Light Rail Transit project.

The council is meeting Wednesday and will vote on issuing up to $103.5 million to cover a gap in the project. There is a total gap of $144.5 million. The Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority voted Tuesday to cover $20.5 million, and the Counties Transit Improvement Board is voting Wednesday morning to cover $20.5 million.

If all three groups agree to cover the gap, it clears the path to apply for federal funding for the project, estimated to cost more than $1.8 billion.

An agreement on funding would allow lawmakers to use the 2017 legislative session to provide the state’s share of SWLRT funding. Lawmakers couldn’t reach an agreement this year on a bonding bill that included money for transit projects.

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  1. Wanye Kest says:

    Why is there no outrage over the fact that this autonomous quasi-public entity has a spare $100 million laying around?

  2. Dan Mack says:

    Gee, I wonder how these Dayton appointees are going to spend our tax dollars. Met Council imported another big batch of welfare Somali in Eden Prairie. We can’t expect these terrorists to endure the inconvenience of shutting down the international airport and interstate freeways or getting to the welfare office without free rides on a new Somali trolley.

  3. dan w says:

    Time to get this project started and then start the planning process for the next leg of the system! We are at least 25 years behind where we should be with light rail, it’s time to start catching up…

  4. Bud Smith says:

    This is outrageous!!

    How can this rouge entity go against the wishes of the people?

    The council needs to be shut down.

    1. dan w says:

      Against the wishes of which people?

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