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Southwest LRT: It’s Not Too Late to Back Away
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Stop runaway rail transit and catch that bus! Light rail is an overbuilt solution to our transit needs.
The news from the Metropolitan Council this spring that the Southwest light-rail line has blown way past all cost estimates to $2 billion presents a great opportunity to find consensus on a big decision that will affect the region well into this century. The rail line has not been fully engineered, which means we are likely to see more cost increases, even after construction begins.
A lot of ink has been spilled of late, but Adam Platt’s candid Opinion Exchange article “LRT as engine: Churning or not?” (May 3) probably best reflects the ambivalence of many Twin Cities residents. He acknowledges that rail transit is exorbitantly expensive and will not improve general mobility. He even bluntly concludes that the Twin Cities does not need light rail.
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