New $2B Price Tag Puts SW Light Rail at Risk

The following article by Janet Moore and Paul Walsh was published in the April 28, 2015 issue of the StarTribune:

New $2B Price Tag Puts SW Light Rail at Risk

Photo by Renee Jones Schneider

The Kennilworth Trail alongside a current freight train track that has been a proposed route for the Southwest Corridor light-rail line

The Southwest light-rail line, already the state’s largest transportation project, may be in peril now that its price tag has ballooned to close to $2 billion.

The escalating costs for the controversial 16-mile line from Minneapolis to Eden Prairie provoked a “shocked and appalled” Gov. Mark Dayton to express “serious questions about its viability and affordability.” Metropolitan Council Chair Adam Duininck did not rule out the possibility that the project could be scuttled.

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