Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

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David Greene
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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby David Greene » March 16th, 2017, 9:45 am

We will have to pressure Democrats hard to get them to filibuster New Starts cuts. Schumer is already making rumblings about a shutdown.

Blame Dayton along with the Kenilworth crowd. He's the one who hit the pause button. I'm still optimistic we'll get a FFGA. I'm confident Met Council staff is on top of this.

The latest Corridor Management Committee presentation (https://metrocouncil.org/getdoc/5a99bc4 ... ation.aspx) says the Met Council expects the FFGA "Mid 2017." The federal fiscal year begins Oct. 1 so even if "Mid 2017" means August or September we should be ok, I think.

DanB
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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby DanB » March 16th, 2017, 10:11 am

If this becomes law and we don't get an FFGA in time. Which would really suck after so many years of planning. Then it seems that the funding potentially available to build and operate abrt lines and the Midtown line would skyrocket. I hope SWLRT gets built but if it doesn't then the rate of abrt line construction needs to go up dramatically (should increase anyways but especially if SWLRT doesn't happen).

Also, I would hope the bus service to the Golden Triangle, City West, and Opus station areas can be improved. The job access SWLRT would provide in those areas is one the main reasons I support the line.

jebr
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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby jebr » March 16th, 2017, 10:52 am

I think there's more concern that the Blue Line Extension won't happen if it's cut. I would think SWLRT would be sped up enough to get the agreement in place before the cut to the program, should it happen.

That being said, more money for aBRT would be a not-terrible side effect of losing federal matching dollars.

David Greene
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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby David Greene » March 17th, 2017, 9:45 am

The latest Corridor Management Committee presentation (https://metrocouncil.org/getdoc/5a99bc4 ... ation.aspx) says the Met Council expects the FFGA "Mid 2017." The federal fiscal year begins Oct. 1 so even if "Mid 2017" means August or September we should be ok, I think.
Now I'm not so sure. I read elsewhere that Met Council submits the application Mid 2017 with a decision expected by December. Oy....

matthew5080
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Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Postby matthew5080 » March 22nd, 2017, 9:44 am

Eighty-four Republican lawmakers sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao opposing any more federal funding for the project, calling it "counter-productive" to Minnesota's best interests.
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2017/03/2 ... ding-plan/

NickP
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Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Postby NickP » March 22nd, 2017, 9:53 am

I called Congresswoman Runbeck to voice my disapproval. This is pretty bad I think.

Qhaberl
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Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Postby Qhaberl » March 22nd, 2017, 10:35 am

I called Congresswoman Runbeck to voice my disapproval. This is pretty bad I think.

I really hope nothing comes of it. They are so close to the start of construction. It would be a shame to see all the time and money that has a ready been invested go to waste.

Korh
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Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Postby Korh » March 22nd, 2017, 1:41 pm

The only thing I'm scratching my head about is why they didn't attempt this first if its for the good of MN to stop the swlrt since because of there earlier attempt to literally different funds to roads seems like a last ditch attempt to direct money elsewhere.

DanPatchToget
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Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Postby DanPatchToget » March 24th, 2017, 4:59 pm

Sort of has to do with the Southwest LRT, but back when the freight reroute was still a real possibility:
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases ... 64752.html


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