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.
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.