Opinions on Central Corridor Light Rail Transit, MN Twin Cities

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    Oct 23, 2010 9:11 PM GMT
    MN will be having the largest project works constructed in the Twin Cities since the late 1900s. The Central Corridor Light Rail Transit will begin construction in Spring of 2011. It will stretch across Washington Ave and run parallel University Ave/Frogtown into each downtown. Any opinions?

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    http://www.minnpost.com/client_files/PHOTOS/Charts/CentralCorridorMap.jpg

    Clip from U of M VP of Research:


    News:
    http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/20/centcorridor1-delays/?refid=0
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    Oct 24, 2010 1:00 AM GMT
    Now if they could only fix the weather.
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    Oct 24, 2010 1:03 AM GMT
    Waste of money.
    What about I-94 with the massive ass potholes that can swallow smart cars?
    That is MN for you as long as tourists aren't affected by it they don't care. icon_evil.gif
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    Oct 24, 2010 1:15 AM GMT
    mnboy saidWaste of money.
    What about I-94 with the massive ass potholes that can swallow smart cars?
    That is MN for you as long as tourists aren't affected by it they don't care. icon_evil.gif


    I disagree. A good train system is something that the Cities has been lacking until the last decade, in terms of public transit. The light rail is not just for tourists, but is also designed for people to use Park and Rides and commute. It will help cut down on vehicle traffic on the highways and in the city, and it also promotes greener living!
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    Oct 24, 2010 1:22 AM GMT
    Karnage said
    mnboy saidWaste of money.
    What about I-94 with the massive ass potholes that can swallow smart cars?
    That is MN for you as long as tourists aren't affected by it they don't care. icon_evil.gif


    I disagree. A good train system is something that the Cities has been lacking until the last decade, in terms of public transit. The light rail is not just for tourists, but is also designed for people to use Park and Rides and commute. It will help cut down on vehicle traffic on the highways and in the city, and it also promotes greener living!


    I hope you live in either Minneapolis of St. Paul because I lived in between them for 4 years and never had a problem with public transportation. I also attend UoMN:TC for a while after I got my GED. People who have their own cars and can afford to drive to work do so and those who cant take public transportation. That won't change because the state is deciding to waste more money to make people go "Oh, wow".
  • ohioguy12

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    Oct 24, 2010 1:27 AM GMT
    I love these sorts of projects, especially in this economy, and I believe they will have a positive impact in the Twin Cities, they are doing a similar project here in Cincinnati, but I am not optimistic that it will work here for a variety of reasons (I think it's maily due to class warefare that exists here). Instead I think they should work on the streets here. I've never been to Minneapolis, but I think it should be able to work for a city that size, good luck, I ought to check it out sometime...
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    Oct 24, 2010 1:35 AM GMT
    mnboy saidI hope you live in either Minneapolis of St. Paul because I lived in between them for 4 years and never had a problem with public transportation. I also attend UoMN:TC for a while after I got my GED. People who have their own cars and can afford to drive to work do so and those who cant take public transportation. That won't change because the state is deciding to waste more money to make people go "Oh, wow".


    I think this sort of classism speaks volumes.
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    Oct 24, 2010 1:39 AM GMT
    TigerTim said
    mnboy saidI hope you live in either Minneapolis of St. Paul because I lived in between them for 4 years and never had a problem with public transportation. I also attend UoMN:TC for a while after I got my GED. People who have their own cars and can afford to drive to work do so and those who cant take public transportation. That won't change because the state is deciding to waste more money to make people go "Oh, wow".


    I think this sort of classism speaks volumes.


    I think this sort of presumption speaks volumes.
  • Karnage

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    Oct 24, 2010 1:42 AM GMT
    mnboy said
    Karnage said
    mnboy saidWaste of money.
    What about I-94 with the massive ass potholes that can swallow smart cars?
    That is MN for you as long as tourists aren't affected by it they don't care. icon_evil.gif


    I disagree. A good train system is something that the Cities has been lacking until the last decade, in terms of public transit. The light rail is not just for tourists, but is also designed for people to use Park and Rides and commute. It will help cut down on vehicle traffic on the highways and in the city, and it also promotes greener living!


    I hope you live in either Minneapolis of St. Paul because I lived in between them for 4 years and never had a problem with public transportation. I also attend UoMN:TC for a while after I got my GED. People who have their own cars and can afford to drive to work do so and those who cant take public transportation. That won't change because the state is deciding to waste more money to make people go "Oh, wow".


    I'll be honest - I have not actually lived downtown before. I grew up in the northern suburbs, but now I live in Cleveland. I do still believe that a train system can only benefit a city. Whenever I visit friends in other cities with train systems, we use it to get around the city. You are right that people who can drive will. I prefer to drive than use the train in Cleveland, but that's also because I can walk to campus during the day, I live far from a stop, and I feel safer in my car. I think that public transit is mainly used as a matter of convenience, and I think for a lot of people it will be more convenient to park a little further out and take the LR in, either for work, sporting events or concerts. All in all, I think that a train system is a benefit to any city, it will be used, and it is not a waste of money.
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    Oct 24, 2010 7:55 AM GMT
    TigerTim said
    mnboy saidI hope you live in either Minneapolis of St. Paul because I lived in between them for 4 years and never had a problem with public transportation. I also attend UoMN:TC for a while after I got my GED. People who have their own cars and can afford to drive to work do so and those who cant take public transportation. That won't change because the state is deciding to waste more money to make people go "Oh, wow".


    I think this sort of classism speaks volumes.


    Sure, it's classist! But it is also the truth. In most cities outside of the east coast business corridor this is the general belief. I've only been to Minneapolis once (while interviewing for med school) and never once got the impression mass transit was towards what your everyday hardworking individual gravitated to get around and in and out of the city.