The Metropolitan Council is set to meet again Wednesday morning to go over ways to shrink the cost of the proposed Southwest Light Rail project. Reductions must be made after a recent estimate put the price tag at $2 billion, roughly 25 percent more than expected.
Frustrated by a transportation plan stuck in neutral at the Capitol, Gov. Mark Dayton ramped up pressure Thursday on majority House Republicans to produce a viable alternative to his multi-billion dollar proposal for roadwork and mass-transit projects. Dayton joined Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk in questioning the GOP’s commitment to tackling the transportation-funding issue this year as the session nears its midpoint.
We all have our favorite ways of getting to the Great Minnesota Get-Together Terri Reinartz and her family are among the one third of fairgoers who choose mass transit. “We’ve done it last several years, probably the last half dozen years,” Reinartz said.
The New York Super Bowl was largely a success, and there’s already talk of more cold-weather cities for future Super Bowls. Michele Kelm-Helgen is part of Minnesota’s official Super Bowl bid committee, which was announced last week. She got an inside look at what a city needs to win the big game. “I think our venue is going to be able to compete with anyone,” Kelm-Helgen said.
The head of a transportation finance committee in the Minnesota Legislature doesn’t expect to see a major infusion of money for roads, bridges and mass transit to come together this year.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar revealed details for a new transportation interchange in downtown Minneapolis Thursday morning, as well as a way to help pay for it.