Twin Cities Undergoing Transit Revolution

A light rail line linking Minneapolis and St. Paul, a new intermodal transit hub, and the area's first bus rapid transit system are among the projects being funded by a quarter-cent sales tax for transit approved in 2008.
April 5, 2012, 5am PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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David Peterson and Katie Humphrey detail the exciting projects coming down the pipeline in the Twin Cities area. The centerpiece of this effort, literally and figuratively, is an intermodal transit hub planned for downtown Minneapolis, adjacent to the fairly new Target Field, home to the Twins.

According to Peterson and Humphrey, "Transit advocates in the west metro area consider the $67.7 million multi-plaza and train platform in downtown Minneapolis' North Loop the bow on their transit package. It will be just north of Target Field, where two light-rail lines, commuter rail, bus routes and a bike trail meet." Although full funding has yet to be secured, the hub's construction is a virtual certainty.

Peterson and Humphrey detail the status of several other promising light rail and bus projects planned to utilize the sales tax revenue by expanding transit opportunities to southern and western suburbs.

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Published on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 in Star Tribune
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