Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

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Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Postby Tcmetro » March 30th, 2017, 9:27 am

The letter from the GOP to the federal government might be a moot point if Trump gets his way in modifying the 2017 budget.
http://t4america.org/2017/03/29/trump-a ... mediately/

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Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Postby David Greene » March 30th, 2017, 10:34 am

They're just going all-out-crazy, aren't they.

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Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Postby Tiller » March 30th, 2017, 12:53 pm

This is just outright economic warfare.

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Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Postby nerdljos » March 30th, 2017, 7:38 pm

David Greene wrote:
March 30th, 2017, 10:34 am
They're just going all-out-crazy, aren't they.
I'm immediately skeptical of any argument that ends with, "my side is reasonable and willing to have 'tough' discussions but whoa that other side is all crazies that only cares about themselves and they are ignorant to boot."

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Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Postby David Greene » March 30th, 2017, 10:55 pm

Good one. We all make mistakes. I humbly accept the criticism.

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Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Postby phop » March 31st, 2017, 12:24 am

Huh? We're talking about efforts to immediately torpedo long-planned infrastructure projects for no good reason. Yes, it's completely 'crazy'. No better word for it.

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Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Postby twincitizen » April 4th, 2017, 8:13 am

FTA has extended the timeline for a decision on the federal funding grant agreement to December (it was July), for a couple of reasons:
1. The CTIB breakup situation remains unsettled, so the question of using Certificates of Participation as a local funding source is still unclear (if CTIB breaks up, Hennepin County will instead fill that funding gap directly and the Met Council can avoid issuing the CoPs)
2. The assumption on operating funding has always been that the state will pick up 50% of the cost, as they have done for the existing lines. The legislature is has passed transportation bills that state otherwise.

While Dayton is sure to veto the current GOP transportation bills, I just don't see the GOP agreeing to any compromise bill that leaves the state on the hook for operating costs. There are so many other battles that Dayton has to fight on the transportation bill, not to mention the whole state budget in general, that I don't think operating costs for Southwest is a hill he's willing to die on. CTIB really needs to break up and Hennepin will need to fully fund the operating costs for Southwest (and Bottineau). Honestly, they should have been planning on this all along.
Mark Fuhrmann, the Met Council’s program director for rail projects, said Monday that he still expects Southwest construction to begin this year in advance of the federal funding agreement.
The council can make that happen by getting FTA approval for a “Letter of No Prejudice,” which essentially allows the project team to use local funding sources as front money to proceed with limited scopes of work, he said.
Fuhrmann remains optimistic that the federal funds will come through.
“We are in contact with the FTA on a regular basis,” he said. “What we have heard from them is they are prepared to continue to work with us to advance the project.”

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Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Postby Qhaberl » April 4th, 2017, 9:24 am

I thought the deadline for the CTIB has passed. I thought the break up was off the table.


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Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Postby phop » April 4th, 2017, 11:16 am

I believe they can pass another resolution if they feel a deal can be made. The March 30th deadline was self-imposed.

I'll be emailing McLaughlin about getting this done. SWLRT just cannot keep getting delayed.

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Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Postby Qhaberl » April 4th, 2017, 1:26 pm

We need to get the full funding grant agreement before Trump passes his new budget. This makes it even more urgent that the county transit improvement for disband as soon as possible.


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