Top Reasons to Oppose Blue Line Extension
By Candace Oathout
1. Building new infrastructure when we can’t fund repairing existing bridges and roads is foolish
2. Bridges across the state are older than their 40 year life expectancy
3. Any new construction must be the result of rigorous, independent financial analysis
4. We must not ignore the impact, both positive and negative that the proposed Blue Line Extension will have on neighborhoods and communities, towns and cities.
5. We must recognize the major safety issues involved in at grade crossing in busy urban communities.
6. 5 Light Rail accidents in a 10 day period here in Minneapolis demonstrates major flaws in the system.
7. In 2015 and to date in 2016 there have been 11 deaths due to accidents between walkers or bicyclists and LRT. Is this acceptable?
8. The Minneapolis climate, especially in winter poses an unacceptable level of risk for walkers and bicyclists
9. Declines in bus service to provide funding necessary for operation and maintenance of LRT will, inevitably, hurt transit riders outside the urban core.
10. LRT ridership does not generate new riders. It moves them from bus to LRT
11. A balance of supply and demand must be an essential component of the financial mechanism that supports LRT
12. Risk belongs in the private sector. We must not accept a transit system that does not cover the costs of its operation and maintenance
13. Transit operations must be paid for by users from freight hauling to soccer practices
14. When time traveling to and from transit stations is included in individual trip time it is often as much or more time than by car or even bicycle
15. Light Rail service is inconvenient and inefficient it is not easily reached from suburban neighborhoods and does not often drop riders off at their final destination.
16. We are already seeing self-driving vehicles that will provide the ultimate in rider convenience. Isn’t it time to stop using 19th Century technology to move 21st Century riders?