St. Paul narrows list of potential streetcar lines

  • Article by: Anthony Lonetree , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 6, 2013 - 8:03 PM

Community feedback will be sought at two open houses on Aug. 28.

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garagewineAug. 6, 13 1:26 PM

"At the time, the city said that it was unclear how much a streetcar line would cost, but officials said that the cost elsewhere varied from $30 million to $60 million per mile."----If Minneapolis' streetcar study is any indication, it will cost a lot more than that.

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leftwingnewsAug. 6, 13 1:31 PM

I hope everyone in St. Paul will go to these open houses to discourage these street cars. Where is the money coming from for this? Ramsey County is already adding a wheelage charge for road repairs that they can't afford with all of the money that we pay the County. Transportation money should be used for roads that can be used for cars and buses. We cannot afford to have trains and streetcars. We need to bring the City Council back to earth.

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alr213Aug. 6, 13 1:52 PM

If they'd choose W7th, they're halfway to a line already. Many of the potholes on the road are exposing old rails that were paved over years ago.

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viczee26Aug. 6, 13 2:36 PM

LeftWing our state gas and license plate taxes and fees don't cover the cost of all these roads either. Ever heard of federal money being used for highways?

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bannedmuggsAug. 6, 13 2:45 PM

Seriously? By the time any shovels break ground we'll have another multi billionaire dollar project, ie light rail, Stillwater Bridge, Vikings Stadium, etc. How about no spending unless we have the money? You know, the way we run our home budgets.

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openconceptAug. 6, 13 2:50 PM

The last thing Grand Ave needs is a street car...it is already over crowded

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garagewineAug. 6, 13 2:56 PM

"Ever heard of federal money being used for highways?"----The federal money comes from federal gas taxes.

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teddygAug. 6, 13 2:57 PM

Cant you just 'doll-up' the buses to look and feel like street cars? Lots cheaper.

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mike2636Aug. 6, 13 3:27 PM

How about the horse and buggy, since we are going backwards.....in an expensive way.

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littlebootsAug. 6, 13 3:33 PM

The city of Saint Paul should simply spend a few grand on white paint for bike lanes and sharrows instead and put them all over the city. Done, there's your inexpensive totally reliable and "progressive" form of transportation, the bicycle. Or they can spend a few hundred million to a billion on trains? If you can afford it go ahead, Robert Street is an absolutely ideal route for a light rail line to the airport, but it is even a better route for some bike lanes. Get to work Saint Paul!

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