Shocker: Cost of Light Rail in Minnesota Rising

by Greg Pollowitz

MPR News:

The planned Southwest LRT between Eden Prairie and downtown Minneapolis could end up costing more than originally proposed.

The line is slated to run between Eden Prairie and downtown Minneapolis and connect to other transit. The light rail project is projected to cost $1.25 billion. But the original cost projection doesn’t include expenses related to placement of the new line in relation to an existing freight rail line.

Mark Fuhrmann, program director for rail projects at Metro Transit, said they are looking into whether there is room for light rail, freight rail and a bike path to fit together through narrow sections of the potential alignment.

Because a bike path in Minneapolis, with its nearly five feet of snow per year, certainly makes a whole lot of sense. And who is the genius who didn’t think to add in the cost of a new line next to the existing line?