Hiawatha Light Rail Continues to Fail

August 27, 2013 at 12:11 pm Leave a comment


By Andrew Richter

Well this wasn’t very easy to find; A record of how much money we are losing on Hiawatha light rail;

Hiawatha Stats

Now you will notice a few things;

1) It takes about $28,000,000 a year to operate

2) Passenger fares only cover $10,307,508 or about 37%

3) State appropriations as well as the County Transit Improvement Board (through regressive sales and gas taxes) cover the rest. (Also that doesn’t include capital costs or the subsidizing of land around light rail)

Also look at the total ridership numbers. They have basically been flat for he past five years. There are no more people riding it now then there were in 2008. So this isn’t a “growing mode” of transportation.

Let’s continue to fight light rail and protect the tax payers from being fleeced!

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Entry filed under: Agenda 21, Brooklyn Park, City Government, Community, County, Crystal, Environment, Golden Valley, Hennepin, Met Council, Robbinsdale, Taxation, Transportation.

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