Central Corridor group to work on LRT route near Capitol

The long-awaited — and much-debated — Central Corridor light rail line that would connect the Minneapolis and St. Paul downtowns — will be discussed ever further on Monday.

That’s when the Capitol Restoration Working Group meets to consider how the route will wend through the Capitol complex on its swing south from University Avenue en route to its eastern terminus at the Union Depot.

The group is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. Monday in Room 10 of the State Office Building; chairs of the group are Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, and Sen. Ann Rest, DFL-New Hope.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by David Rasmussen on 11/07/2008 - 11:41 pm.

    The route should cross as many busy streets as possible and the train should stop at all of the lights. (If the train were to go fast, then people might ride it.)

    There should be no parking provided adjacent to stations so that all of the nearby neighborhoods become permit parking zones. (If people were to be able to park near the train stations then they might actually ride the train.)

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  2. Submitted by Tim Nelson on 11/09/2008 - 03:59 pm.

    I love your comments, David.

    Peter Bell has said several times that the current model of LRT will not work for anything more than bus routes, and he is right.

    I have asked my State Rep, and State Senator, to propose a $2 million demonstration project. This would mirror a proposal in Florida that has not passed funding by their Legislature. A short stretch from the end of the line to the multi-modal station, could be installed for half the cost of light rail.

    See skytraincorp.com for more details.

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