Officials chosen to advise transit board on new projects

  • Article by: LAURIE BLAKE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 23, 2008 - 11:24 AM

Metro-area counties that adopted a sales tax to fund transit projects now have an advisory panel to help set spending priorities.

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kenn36Jul. 22, 08 1:30 AM

I am trying to make positive statements and am finding it very hard. We'll have all this money to spend for transit, and it'll be poorly spent. Millions are wasted paving and re-paving roads. More millions are wasted widening freeways every ten years. This isn't the answer folks. Mass Transit is. There should be an elevated train going right through the middle of 35W, 94, Crosstown 62, etc., plus a couple circling the metro. All that should've happened 20 years ago. Actually, it should've happened before the tire and oil companies purchased mass transit companies (L.A.) and shut them down. What sickens me the most is how much is paid to Union, government, prevailing wage employees and inflated costs for product. It takes four people to dig a hole. One to dig, one to watch, and two more to watch the watcher. Then, we're paying too much for the shovel in the digger's hands, and too much for the concrete that's going to patch that hole. Agree?

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kevinroggeJul. 22, 08 9:51 AM

Every state and every metropolitan area has to maintain its road system. It is not wasted money to maintain our highways. As regions grow in population and as employement concentrates in downtowns and along major freeways, we need to add lanes to roads to maintain traffic flow, provide mobility to people and goods, reduce automobile emissions and reduce crashes. An elevated train in 35W is too expensive and not accessible. A train circling the metro area is just plain silly. You have to understand that public transit needs to be accessible to be successful. I am not sickened by middle income workers being paid a prevailing wage, but I am sickened by people who attack unions for protecting workers wages and benefits. Unions provide better working conditions for their members, and that indirectly raises wages and benefits for non-union workers in similar jobs.

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helterJul. 22, 08 9:54 AM

The unweave the weave project cost - 122 million Crosstown project cost - 288 million Hiawatha line - 800 million Central Corridor- over 1 Billion (about 100 million dollars per mile) The two projects on the top will do far more to relieve congestion than the two light rail lines and at a fraction of the cost. Light rail is a complete waste of money.

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