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Continued: Despite snags, Southwest light-rail line clears a milestone

  • Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 30, 2014 - 6:33 AM

Hodges said the Met Council’s responses so far have been inadequate. “The Met Council characterized this as an equity train,” Hodges said. “But that is beyond inaccurate.”

The Bottineau line

Before capping the long and complicated process toward local approval of the Southwest line, city leaders were already contemplating how to improve the next proposed light-rail line: the Bottineau Blue line extension to the northern suburbs. Plans to run the line through the heart of north Minneapolis through Penn Avenue were abandoned for a route that follows Olson Hwy. into Theodore Wirth Park.

“We need to work right now proactively to make sure that that process is fair to the environment, is fair to the experience of our park users,” Council Member Andrew Johnson said.

Council Member Blong Yang, who represents part of north Minneapolis, said the impact to Wirth Park is one reason he is not very supportive of the current Bottineau alignment.

“Running a train on Penn Avenue would be a much better option and it would hit a lot more people and it would serve a lot more people,” Yang said.

 

Eric Roper • 612-673-1732

Twitter: @StribRoper

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