Met Council, Dakota County can't agree on bus color scheme

Categories: Transportation
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Dakota County officials apparently aren't fans of this design -- they want their buses to be red.
Yellow and blue with red trim, or red and blue with yellow trim? This is the intractable issue confronting policy makers on the Met Council and in Dakota County.

You see, the Met Council wants the color scheme of the southern metro's Cedar Avenue BRT system, set to debut in November, to match the yellow-centric colors of the Hiawatha Line's LRT trains. Dakota County commissioners, on the other hand, want colors with a little more "pizzazz."

Because of this dispute, the Met Council has now pushed back a final decision on the buses' design. It's unclear how much progress has been made in negotiations on other tough issues like seat thread counts and driver uniforms.

Dakota County officials view the color-scheme spat as emblematic of a larger problem -- the Met Council not being responsive to local interests.

County commissioners say Met Council staffers generally turn a deaf ear to their suggestions, like making the buses red instead of yellow or blue. Met Council members are appointed by the governor.

In a letter to Met Council chair Susan Haigh expressing "utter frustration," commissioners write that "It is supremely aggravating to be invited to share thoughts... only to have the input completely disregarded."

Commissioners told the Star Tribune that their goal is to have the BRT vehicles "distinctive in appearance," with "more vibrant colors, including additional red." The Met Council, on the other hand, wants to feature colors emphasizing that the new BRT system is part and parcel of the region's broader mass transit system.

In response to the concerns, Haigh said the Met Council will again discuss the color scheme with Dakota County officials before making a final decision.


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7 comments
Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Wow, a lesson in socialism 101

We the bigger body of government will dictate what the smaller body of government will do.

"Met Council staffers generally turn a deaf ear to their suggestions"

What, the unelected officials at Met Council wont listen to the suggestions of elected officials at Dakota County?

People, we have a problem....

Sam I am.
Sam I am.

What in the motherfuck difference does it make what color of the buses are???

Just think.....there are politicians out there who are getting paid to argue what fucking color the transit buses should be.  

Me
Me

I would like City Pages to know I find this author to be horrific.  Is there no editorial oversight on this blog?  While i am not opposed to the interjection of humor or wit into an article, this author in particular writes his articles like they are posts to his own personal blog.  I would appreciate more reporting of the facts and perhaps even the point of view or comments of community members or the relevant people in the aritcle, but i could care less about his point of view and find his remarks in all his articles to be juvenile and sometimes even insulting.  I know the city pages isnt the washington post, but this is a bit rediculous.

MattMpls
MattMpls

Gotta agree with T Blackford here - this article is not that poorly written.  If you want the Washington Post, I recommend this link for you:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/

T Blackford
T Blackford

I find your spelling 'quistionable,' Megan.

This is the City Pages. This is how it is written. Also, please highlight the phrases you found objectionable. I fail to see anything sufficient to give rise to your annoyed tone.

I find your declamation of a perfectly reasonable article to be 'a bit RIDICULOUS.' You don't have any reason to be so upset.

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