7 buses unwrapped for rapid transit line between Apple Valley, Bloomington

  • Article by: LAURIE BLAKE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 10, 2012 - 8:03 PM

The new transitway, the first of its kind in the Twin Cities, is set to open in May or June.

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jaynedrakeDec. 10, 12 9:58 PM

To me this is a waste of money. Money instead should have been spent bringing the light rail all the way to Burnsville. Rails are what people want, not buses. But so many of the elected officials do not get that.

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forfreedomDec. 10, 1210:34 PM

IF the ridership projections are accurate, which is highly unlikely, and there were zero expenses beyond the $112 million, that would be $47 per ride over 18 years. Can you think of anything that cost-ineffective that could ever exist without confiscating other people's money to pay for it? This is beyond absurd. It is criminal. Oh, and no one votes for people on the Met Council. They are immune from any sickness they create and foist on the taxpayers. If there was ever proof that the Met Council needs to go away, this is it.

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forfreedomDec. 10, 1210:38 PM

jaynedrake - I don't know which people you are talking about. If the bus idea is absurd/criminal, then light rail is even more so. Just do the math. The Jesse line went from original estimates of less than $400 million to more than double that just to get it running. It will never pay for itself. Taxpayers from all over the state are subsidizing the convenience of a few thousand people who are only paying a fraction of what their rides actually cost. If "rails are what people want," then those people should pay for them, not taxpayers from Rochester, Duluth, Worthington and the other 49 states.

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gankmanDec. 10, 1211:22 PM

I have been part of these talks during the planning stages and can tell you that light rail is virtually impossible unless you want to spend double what the bus line is costing. All bridges would have to be restructured or rebuilt to accomidate the weight of the rail cars. The bus line is the most cost effective and once the street lights and lane are operational allowing smooth flow, commuting on these buses will be much faster and easy.

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dtmonkeyboyDec. 11, 12 6:26 AM

Forfreedom...the Boston, NY and Chicago systems are almost 100 years old. I suppose those were a waste of money too?

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markc1Dec. 11, 12 6:46 AM

Nice to see the money going for bus and rail and not for wars or more tax cuts for ones who are allready well off.

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dmtrustDec. 11, 12 7:18 AM

$112 million for seven buses? What would happen if you put that kind of money into solving homelessness in the twin cities?

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danneskjold1Dec. 11, 12 7:58 AM

$112 million?!?! Those buses only cost about $300,000 to $500,000 each! Figure in the labor costs of drivers the maintainance and fuel, offset that with what the passengers pay and you realize that $112 millions is stupid money!!! What are these idiots thinking about!

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danneskjold1Dec. 11, 12 7:59 AM

$112 million?!?! Those buses only cost about $300,000 to $500,000 each! Figure in the labor costs of drivers the maintenance and fuel, offset that with what the passengers pay and you realize that $112 millions is stupid money!!! What are these idiots thinking about!

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tooty123Dec. 11, 12 8:19 AM

It took us how long to get light rail??? Now, we need to build an actual system that can be used for the whole metro area. Can't wait for the eastern portion to be built! Buses are great but in the winter not very reliable. Go transit! Jesse was a forward-thinking Governor!

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