The following article by Janet Moore was published in the May 21, 2015 edition of the Star Tribune.
Millions in Cuts Proposed for Southwest LRT Line
Several stations could be in jeopardy through effort to pare project’s $2 billion price tag.
Metro Transit staff dug deep and presented a list of more than $500 million in possible cuts to the proposed Southwest light-rail line on Wednesday, part of an effort to curb escalating costs that have put the $2 billion transit project at risk.
No decisions were made at the meeting of the Southwest Corridor Management Committee, a group of officials with ties to the five cities along the 16-mile light-rail line linking Minneapolis to Eden Prairie. A final plan for trimming $341 million from the project’s burgeoning bottom line will likely come by early July, when the Metropolitan Council is slated to approve a new slimmed-down budget.
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