The Met Council’s Bottineau LRT Plans Continue

July 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm Leave a comment

Our unconstitutional and unelected met council continues to push agenda 21 and sustainable development by forcing us out of our cars and into their mass transit.


Bottineau Transitway study focuses on four alignments

Bus rapid transit, light rail being considered

Transit planners in Hennepin County are studying light rail transit (LRT) and bus rapid transit (BRT) on a combination of four primary alignments in the Bottineau Corridor.  The Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority is gathering public input at six open house meetings throughout the corridor in June in preparation for developing a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) on the project.  

Travel time, ridership, construction costs, economic development opportunities, environmental impacts and community input are among many issues being considered as route alternatives are evaluated. The DEIS is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012.

Excerpt of Bottineau Corridor map showing route options; link to larger complete map.
Map excerpt shows routes being considered in for the southern portion of the Bottineau Corridor.  The corridor runs approximately 13 miles northwest from downtown Minneapolis, largely paralleling County Highway 81. It includes north Minneapolis and several suburban communities, and would also likely draw riders from exurban communities in northern Hennepin County and portions of Wright County.

The proposed alignments, starting at the south end, begin at Target Field and travel west along State Highway 55 to Penn Avenue. One alternative (D1 on the map) would continue west on Highway 55 and then north in the active Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad right-of-way through Golden Valley. A second (D2) would turn north on Penn Avenue and traverse north Minneapolis.   Both would join and follow the BNSF right-of-way parallel to Highway 81 northwest into Brooklyn Park.  At the north end, one alignment would continue north through Brooklyn Park along West Broadway Avenue; the other alignment would go west into Maple Grove.

You think this is bad?  Look at the cost estimates;

Despite funding uncertainty, planning moves ahead

Like the Hiawatha and Central LRT projects, Bottineau is positioning to compete for federal funding for construction (up to 50% of total costs). Additional funding for the project could come from the Minnesota Legislature (10%), Hennepin County (10%), and the Counties Transit Improvement Board (30%).

So in other words they are going to hit us from all angles; state, feds, and county.  And of course we have yet ANOTHER unelected form of government taxing and spending in the Counties Transit Improvement Board.  When is their next election?

Now look at the possible costs of these “plans.”

The alternatives analysis study provided rough estimates of the cost to build BRT and LRT. BRT construction costs were estimated at $518 million (2016 dollars).  LRT alternatives were estimated in the range from $920 to $980 million (2016 dollars) to build. Costs for both BRT and LRT include guideway, stations, operations and maintenance facilities, site work, signalization and communications systems, right-of-way acquisition and vehicles. 

The alternatives analysis study estimated the annual operating costs for BRT at $21 million (2008 dollars); LRT operating costs were estimated in the range from $20 million to $29 million (2008 dollars).  These costs will continue to be refined as the transitway concepts are further developed during the DEIS study process and beyond.

So we are looking at somewhere between $518 million and $980 million is spending?  Call up there people and tell them you don’t want this….oh wait why should the met council listen to you since they don’t represent us?


Entry filed under: Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Community, County, Crystal, Golden Valley, Hennepin, New Hope, Osseo, Taxation.

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