MnLRT...Moving Minnesoootans Through the New Century
Light Rail Summary: Construction of the Hiawatha Corridor LRT Line is now underway and is expected to be complete during 2004, with initial service planned for Fall 2004. Despite previous commitment from the state to fund annual operating costs, Governor Tim Pawlenty's new budget cuts that commitment by 60%. In addition to Hiawatha, there are now grassroots efforts to complete final studies and get citizen feedback on both the Southwest Corridor and University Corridor future LRT lines. Some legislative efforts in the Minnesota House of Representatives would put a gag order on further studies (so much for local citizen input and local control). Finally, despite overwhelming public support, the Pawlenty Administration continues to give the cold shoulder to the proposed Northstar Corridor commuter rail line. Apparently Highways R Us and Back to the 50s are the Pawlenty Administration's transportation and "transit" themes for the next few years.
MnLRT urges Governor Pawlenty, MnDOT Commissioner Carol Molnau, the Minnesota House and the Minnesota Senate to come together and subit a transportation finance package that will provide the long term mobility and economic balance that all Minnesotans expect. This funding package should include funding for repairs of highway bottle necks in both the Metro Area and Outstate Minnesota, full funding for the operating costs of the Hiawatha Corridor LRT line, funding for completion of engineering studies on the Southwest Corridor and University Corridors, funding for construction of the Northstar Corridor and adequate funding for Metro Transit.
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MnLRT urges Governor Pawlenty and Lt. Governor Molnau to reconsider this highly unbalanced and disastrous transportation plan. Minnesota taxpayers deserve to be told the truth -- that only a balanced transportation system, which includes clean and efficient highways, an extensive bus system, commuter rail and light rail, will give Minnesota taxpayers the cost-effective and sustainable transportation system we expect. Payback for election campaign funding is not part of that expectation.
For more detail on Pawlenty's transportation finance package see http://www.dot.state.mn.us/financing/ .
Contact the Governor and tell him that you would like to see a transportation plan that reflects the local needs of all Minnesotans, not just the privileged few.
Office of the Governor -- http://www.governor.state.mn.us/
Rail on the Southwest Corridor! 71% Support Light Rail on Corridor
of Northstar Corridor Commuter Rail Line
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Last updated: April 2003
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