Met Council Celebrates the Three Ways to Say Yes
By Andrew Richter
You have to love the spin job by the dictators at the Met Council;
St. Paul, Minn. – March 4, 2016 – The METRO Blue Line Extension LRT Project is one step closer to becoming a reality after gaining approval for municipal consent. Robbinsdale was the fifth and final city, in addition to Hennepin County, to take action, voting unanimously Wednesday night in favor of the 13-mile line. The 45-day municipal consent period ended today.
This alone is a half truth since Crystal passed a resolution taking action and did not grant municipal consent.
“Successfully gaining municipal consent speaks to the strength of this project,” said Adam Duininck, Met Council Chair. “We have had strong partners in the cities, the county, and the businesses all along the line. Whether it was the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Golden Valley, local businesses in each of the cities, or Fortune 500 companies like Target, their support has been key to building out a system that connects people with jobs. A robust, regional transit system stimulates job growth and investment in new businesses.”
No, it speaks to the fact that cities have no choice in the matter; their choices are to vote yes, take no action, or vote “no” until they vote yes. The system is gamed.
The Blue Line Extension Project – often called the Bottineau LRT – will expand the existing Blue Line from Target Field in downtown Minneapolis into the northwest suburbs through Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal and Brooklyn Park.
When completed, the line will offer a one-seat ride from the Target Northern Campus in Brooklyn Park to the Mall of America in Bloomington, with stops throughout Minneapolis and at the MSP International Airport. Passengers will also be able to transfer to the existing Green Line, to access the University of Minnesota, destinations along University Avenue or Downtown St. Paul as well as to the job-dense Southwest Corridor on the planned Green Line Extension.
The Metropolitan Council will be the grantee of federal funds and is charged with building the line in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The Blue Line Extension Corridor Management Committee, which includes local officials from Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal, Brooklyn Park and Minneapolis, provides advice and oversight. Funding is provided by the Federal Transit Administration, Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB), state of Minnesota and Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA).
The endless money pit!!!!