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Video: SWLRT Riding for Equity

May 15, 2014 By Briana Johnson, Video Production Specialist

Southwest Light Rail has the chance to be a transformative infrastructure link for North Minneapolis residents, connecting them to jobs, shopping and other recreational opportunities -- even though the broader goal was to better connect suburban riders. Folks in North Minneapolis recently held an open meeting with Met Council members to ensure the project's planning doesn't leave them out. Issues raised at the panel included fares, safety issues like street lights and video surveillance cameras, trash cans convenient to bus stops, and heated shelters. The discussion led to the creation of an advisory panel in which transit riders in Minneapolis have a seat at the table when it comes to decision making for the future of transit in Minneapolis.

 

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  • Bill Graham says:

    July 11, 2014 at 9:51 am

    I love and admire Marty Sabo and acknowledge all his great work for Minneapolis, particularly helping get the Hiawatha LRT.  But he’s simply wrong in opposing the Southwest LRT.  It’s an excellent project and has been studied nearly to death for many years.  The Kenilworth corridor is a railroad, not a park, although a bike trail was permitted until such time as the surplus land was needed for transit use.  The Met Council has bent over backward to make the LRT line as unobtrusive as possible.  Relocating the freight line was not properly evaluated decades ago when it was proposed, and allowing the closure of freight operations in the 29th Street trench was a colossal blunder.  But it’s done, and it’s time to move ahead with the Southwest LRT as planned.  Kenwood residents need to bow to reality and stop obstructing.