The following article by Janet Moore was published in the August 9, 2016 issue of the Star Tribune.
Price of Southwest Light Rail Continues to inch Up; Now at $1.86 Billion
The cost of the Southwest light-rail line has increased — again. This time, by $19 million.
The price tag of the 14.5-mile line linking downtown Minneapolis with Eden Prairie is now $1.858 billion. Although the Metropolitan Council, the regional planning body that is building the project, is quick to note that about half of the $19 million increase will be borne by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), it leaves local taxpayers responsible for $9.5 million.
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