Big Bottineau light-rail transit vote comes to Hennepin County Board on Tuesday

  • Article by: Rochelle Olson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 2, 2013 - 11:58 PM

With federal money at stake, the Hennepin County Board faces a key vote Tuesday on the Bottineau light-rail line.

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terry5840Nov. 2, 13 9:29 PM

Mike, your dream choochoo line is less than a mile from my home. Your dream choochoo will not take me anywhere I normally go. Please use the large amount of money I spend in motor fuel tax to benefit my vehicular travel. I do not want to pay for your dream choochoo.

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lala7hotmailNov. 3, 1312:50 PM

Too bad you aren't reporting on the packed house of Golden Valley residents that don't know why it's going through a bunch of woods thats inconvenient for anyone to use.

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ericpoNov. 3, 13 5:33 PM

I am a car commuter as well. However, where are we going to build more lanes? The way the highways are built we don't have room for more roads in the central cities. As much as we all want nice 16 lane highways, the practical realities are that we don't have room. We have to get dense transportation options in place. I feel though that we need to stop with uber expensive systems that take billions and too long to build. We need a system that will take a person to most major areas of the city. What about old trolley lines? We have heavy gauge rail why don't we use them more efficiently for transit like NYC, Toronto, and Montreal? Lets use cheaper options and make it expansive.

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ter6180Nov. 3, 13 8:59 PM

Opat said--"in front of the well-known restaurant Travail", I think not. The proposed route does not go down West Broadway. Rather it would be a 2 or 3 block walk or so to get there.

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Seawaves AheadNov. 4, 13 3:08 PM

Let's hope this doesn't run near the homes of some rich, well connected Democrats who will derail the entire project if they are not happy. And the Democrat Governor will step in and help them derail it.

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hobie2Nov. 5, 13 8:49 AM

While I think the line is a good idea, the part that disturbs me is that if one is building a line to serve the transportation needs - roadway and light railway - of residents who live in and along the line -- why is "redevelopment" being praised as one of the reasons to build it? "Redevelopment" means take someone's property and use it for some socially engineered end - that "outdated strip mall"'s owners, tenants, and customers may be quite happy with it not ending up a 2020 kitsch and/or having its property taxes balloon and not enough customers to pay for it - the area already has a hundred businesses within a half mile; the residents may be very happy with their nature areas and prefer them to a row of coffee houses and fast food boxes... "redevelopment" (local social engineering of lifestyle and businesses) should not be a reason to build the line.

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aarghmebuckoNov. 5, 13 9:05 AM

I'm getting tired of the choice made to run LRT adjacent/through parkland instead of through urban areas where it could do some real good for redevelopment. Bottineau should run on Broadway just as central runs on university. I realize it may be cheaper to do the park route, but it is missing. A great opportunity to revitalize north Minneapolis.

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garagewineNov. 5, 13 1:11 PM

@hobie You hit the nail on the head. These are "transportation" projects in name only. In reality, they do little if anything to improve transportation. They are simply real estate development schemes that Opat hopes someone else will foot the bill for. I cannot imagine anyone taking light rail from Brooklyn Park to the airport unless they literally had no alternative. The trip would take over an hour.

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