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SOUTHWEST LIGHT RAIL
An underground stadium, without fans
In 2012, Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill requiring that the state provide $350 million and that Minneapolis provide $148 million for the construction of a new Vikings stadium. Whether you were for or against these contributions, the Vikings are a big part of Minnesota and Minneapolis, and hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans favored a stadium.
Today, a very, very small number of Minneapolis residents are demanding that the Southwest Corridor light-rail line be buried in a tunnel so that they won’t lose their “cherished” parkland, at a cost of up to $420 million.
This small number of residents live in the lakes area of Minneapolis, one of the most desirable areas of the city and perhaps the entire metro area. They have their parkland with the lakes. That’s why they live there. But they want the taxpayers to spend enough for another Vikings stadium so that they, very few of whom can even see the Kenilworth corridor from their property, will not have light-rail trains in their area. Where is the outrage we saw with the similar amount proposed for the stadium?
The bike trail can easily be rerouted. The Southwest light-rail line is an important regional addition to our transit future. Start it now.
George Carlson, Minneapolis
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