ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul’s mayor says the Federal Transit Administration will sign an agreement next week committing $460 million in aid for the Twin Cities light rail transit project.

Some have criticized the Metropolitan Council for proceeding with the $957 million project without an official federal aid commitment. During his State of the City address Monday night, Mayor Chris Coleman said the FTA will sign the agreement Tuesday at the Minnesota Department of Revenue. Coleman says that will cap 30 years of discussions about connecting the Twin Cities by train.

The 11-mile Central Corridor route between downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis is about 12 percent complete.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press says trains are expected to run beginning in 2014.

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Comments (18)
  1. Paul says:

    Talking about it for 30 years? Since 1980? Democrats got rid of the trolleys then wanted them back 20 years later but spending millions of tax dollars to do so? Then their constituents don’t want them because it will make their property values go up? WHO WANTS THESE TRAINS?

    1. max says:

      The auto industry got rid of the Twin Cities’ extensive trolley system. I’m glad we’re getting more light rail but it’s a shame to have to pay for a brand new system when we used to have a fantastic one.

  2. dan says:

    Great! Federal Subsidies and then the State of Minnesota gets to subsidize every single passanger ticket. What a huge waste for a such a few people.

  3. Mark says:

    I want these trains

    1. Ali says:

      …then you and your friends should pay for them…

      1. Mark says:

        Oh, we are paying for these trains, as well as our roads, and/or our children’s schools, our military, sometimes in ways our healthcare, and the rest of our governmental systems that make this state and country work. We pay for these things through user fees, and through general tax receipts. We all pay for things we use and for things we don’t use – get use to it, its called a community. Stop thinking only about yourself.

  4. Kally says:

    So did the government just print $460 million to pay for this or was something else cut to pay for it?

    1. Obamagalomania says:

      Of course the government printed up more money. Or we borrowed some more from China. Pick your poison

  5. Elmo says:

    Funny, I’m a Vet and can’t get work, and last week the State Legislators worked on a Bill to not allow Felons to work on the Light Rail. 10% of the prison population are Vets that served this Country, yet will not be allowed to apply. Guess they just have to live under the bridges.

  6. Ryan Henriott says:

    I personally love the idea of the light rail connecting the two cities. we also need to remember to Shop University Ave businesses. I know from my own experience how frustrating it can be to find a parking spot. Just remember the business owners are just as frustrated as you and most likely more frustrated. I suggest to shop your favorite stores and check out some new ones. The last thing we want is to lose all the stores and be left with only the big box chains. Thanks, a University Ave resident.

    1. Bruce says:

      I know the LRT will be of the greatest benefit for all politicians who endorsed the great boondoggle. Riding the rails betweem the cities will take about twice as long as it would/will to take the conventional bus – which, as I understand it, will be travelling parallel with the steel wheeled delights. So we spend a billlion bucks for redundancy. At least I suppose we should appear suprised and delighted as we are rolling in the dough. Hopefully the CCLRT once in and operating will work better than the construction planning which looks like the biggest design-build nightmare that one could envision.

      1. Richard in Minneapolis says:

        Do the math. LRT can carry 5 – 8 times as many passengers as the bus (depending on bus type) with only one driver. Lower fuel costs as steel wheels and rails produce only a fraction of the friction of rubber tires on asphalt. And on top of it LRTs will travel millions of miles over decades before they need to be replaced. What bus can do that? For high density routes LRTs are the way to go.

        1. dan says:

          Your math works if all the passangers live and work along the very limited rail line. If this is such a great deal for the taxpayers of Minnesota why do we need to subsidize the construction and all the tickets sales?

  7. tundrafun44 says:

    Slap it on the gov’t credit card!

  8. red says:

    This is another stupid thing that decided to do we don’t even have the money to finish it.

  9. Richard in Minneapolis says:

    $460 Million? We burned through the same amount in the first 20 minutes of the Libyan conflict. I’d rather INVEST $460 million on transportation infrastructure and benefit from it for the next 30 years than sink it down a DoD rathole. The deficit is in our priorities.

  10. Pavel says:

    Light rail is the most reliable and inexpensive mode of transportation for the future after the investment. Some of you who never ride a bus might just decide you light the light rail. Obviously, some are not informed enough to realize bus routes are incorporated into the system to serve areas away from the rail line.

    Come on people, get with the new generation. If you need to know what rail transportation does for a country and cities take a trip to Europe, Asia or Australlia and see how they move masses of people. It is certain we will always need automobiles in rural areas, but the large cities will have to depend more and more on mass transit.

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