Light Rail is coming if the communists at the Met Council have their way;
The Metropolitan Council approved light rail for the 13-mile Bottineau Transitway between Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park May 8.
The council amended the region’s 2030 Transportation Policy Plan to include light rail transit as the mode of choice for the corridor and selected the locally preferred alternative route along West Broadway Avenue in Brooklyn Park, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad corridor and Olson Memorial Highway.
The Bottineau LPA was recommended to the council by the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority and the communities in which the corridor is located. Initially the Golden Valley City Council did not support the chosen alignment, but when it revisited the issue Dec. 18, 2012, it voted 3-2 to approve the plan.
With Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park at either end, the corridor passes through the cities of Golden Valley, Robbinsdale and Crystal. Bottineau will be an extension of the Hiawatha Line and connect to the Central and Southwest Line and Northstar Commuter Rail at the Interchange at Target Field Station in Minneapolis.
“Bottineau is key to the region’s future development and continued economic success,” Met Council Chair Susan Haigh said in a statement announcing the approval. “As the Metropolitan Council works to build a 21st century transit system, Bottineau LRT will provide residents and employees of the corridor greater access to major destinations in the metro area through links to other major transit corridors.”
It’s more like a 19th century system.
Hennepin County Board Chair Mike Opat called the Transportation Policy Plan amendment a “milestone.”
“We’ve worked hard to get to this day, and I thank the residents, city councils along the route, my colleagues on the Hennepin County Board and the Metropolitan Council for working together to take this important step forward,” he said in a written statement.
Bottineau LRT is projected to provide approximately 27,000 rides a day by 2030. The project is estimated to cost about $1 billion. Funding is expected from the Counties Transit Improvement Board’s transit sales tax in the metro area (30 percent), the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (10 percent), the State of Minnesota (10 percent), and the Federal Transit Administration (50 percent).
Next steps in the Bottineau Transitway project include completing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement, which evaluates potential environmental and other impacts of the project (planned for publication later this year), and making application to the Federal Transit Administration to enter the “New Starts” project development process.
Ahh the free money!!!