Central Corridor light rail: 60-day congressional review begins
|All aboard for St. Paul?|
The clock was set in motion when the Federal Transit Administration sent the approved Full Funding Grant Agreement to Capitol Hill, the Met Council said today.
Boosters say the largest public works project in state history has already has spent $145 million for design, property, and construction. To goose it along, supporters are positioning the project as a way to create 3,400 private-sector jobs.
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The Central Corridor line, the next step in a transit plan that began with the Hiawatha Line, is projected to haul 41,000 riders a week by 2030. But its construction has been controversial. The University of Minnesota and Minnesota Public Radio both tried unsuccessfully to stymie the project out of fears that the line would be disruptive. And just the other day, a judge chided the Met Council for failing to adequately address the complaints of business owners along the line that its construction would harm their bottom lines.