Report From the Met Council “Public Hearing”
By Andrew Richter
Well I was unable to make the Met Council’s “public hearing” on Monday March 11 on Bottineau Transit in Minneapolis at the inconvenient time of 5PM. I did have some good sources there however who offered me the following breakdown;
13 people spoke at the public hearing;
Five of them were adamantly opposed to the project
Three people spoke somewhat in favor of it but they opposed the D1 allignment
Five people spoke for it….and it was interesting who they were;
Three of them were quite “vested” in Bottineau transit.
John O’Brien, the President of North Hennepin Community College
O’ Brien is a memeber of the Bottineau Boulevard Partnershop so he is hardly objective on this. I would suggest to Mr. O’Brien that finding ways to lower tuition and having great programs and teachers will improve NHCC far better then transit.
Linda Higgins, Hennepin County Commissioner
Yet another person clearly vested in the project.
Barb Thoman, President of Transit for Livable Communities
Oh, no conflict of interest here…..Thoman is just there to make that we force high density housing around light rail, which is not factored in to the total cost.
It’s funny how if light rail, or should I say “more transit options,” is so popular where were all of the people enthusiastically speaking for it? The 13 speakers were either 5-8 against the project or 5-5-3 depending how you look at it with three of the “yes” votes having a clear political motive.
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