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Editorial Counterpoint: The Truth Behind Light-Rail Sticker Shock
Richard Sennott: Star Tribune file photo
Light-rail funding is a continuing point of contention in the Twin Cities area.
If you’re thinking about kicking the tires on a new light-rail line, be sure to wear steel-tipped boots. Maybe some body armor. Light rail can kick back pretty hard. The Bottineau Line budget recently kicked up about $500 million — it’s total is now $1.5 billion.
The Star Tribune Editorial Board’s response: Things will be a lot worse if we do nothing (“Doing nothing is the costliest transit plan,” Nov. 1). Fortunately, the editorial included a saving grace, noting “finding effective alternatives” as an option.
Unfortunately, light-rail sticker shock is a symptom of a much deeper problem: a built-in mandate favoring light-rail construction boondoggles.
This paper’s opinion-page discussion on transportation and transit hasn’t delved much into the mysterious “CTIB” — the Counties Transit Improvement Board. Most people have never heard of the CTIB. But to understand the transit challenges our Legislature faces, we need to deal with some CTIB basics.
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