Riverview Corridor Streetcar Passes Major Hurdle, Still a Long Way Off in the Twin Cities

An oversight committee has approved the Locally Preferred Alternative for the Review Corridor Streetcar project that will connect Downtown St. Paul to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

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October 15, 2017, 5:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

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Peter Callaghan reports on the status of the proposed streetcar line between St. Paul and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, otherwise known as the Riverview Corridor.

The Riverview Corridor Policy Advisory Committee approved a preferred route for the light rail line—leaving downtown via West 7th Street, crossing the Mississippi River, and joining the Blue Line at the Fort Snelling station.

Despite the committee's vote, however, Callaghan reports that it will be six years at least before the project could be complete and open to the public. Callaghan's coverage includes more details about the steps that will have to be taken to deliver the project, as well as some of the delays that have already obstructed progress for the project that was once intended to be the first region's first new light rail corridor. Now it will be the fifth, "behind even the Southwest LRT extension of the Green Line and the Bottineau extension of the Blue Line," according to Callaghan.

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