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Re: Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN: Metro Transit light rail

Postby lpetrich » Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:58 am

Light Rail’s Green Line Opens With Celebration, Some Protest « CBS Minnesota

That's the Central Corridor line between Minneapolis and St. Paul, and it opened June 14. It's now the Green Line, and the original Hiawatha Line is the Blue Line. The two lines share tracks in downtown Minneapolis between Target Field and Downtown East, and then diverge. Northstar commuter trains also stop at Target Field.

They have two more colored lines, the existing Red Line and the planned Orange Line, both Bus Rapid Transit systems.

Overall map: METRO System - Metro Transit

Metropolitan Council - Southwest LRT has the current status of that line. It's in early planning stages, and some of the original designs have already been revised.

Metropolitan Council - METRO Blue Line extension - Bottineau - the northwest extension - is also gradually going through planning.
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Re: Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN: Metro Transit light rail

Postby lpetrich » Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:57 am

Southwest LRT - Metropolitan Council - in late stages of planning with funding lined up. Construction should start later this year.
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Re: Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN: Metro Transit light rail

Postby mtuandrew » Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:37 pm

lpetrich wrote:Southwest LRT - Metropolitan Council - in late stages of planning with funding lined up. Construction should start later this year.

Good, I guess. Whenever my contacts start sending photos of construction, I’ll post them.
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Re: Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN: Metro Transit light rail

Postby mtuandrew » Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:21 pm

And the Blue Line extension hit a snag:

https://www.hometownsource.com/sun_post ... 1d61a.html

BNSF refuses to negotiate with Bottineau Blue Line on right-of-way use
Kevin Miller Feb 8, 2018 Updated Feb 9, 2018

While approximately eight of the 13 miles of the Bottineau Blue Line Extension light rail extension project are planned to run in the BNSF Railway Company’s right-of-way, the railway has refused to negotiate with the project office.

“BNSF is not prepared to proceed with any discussion of passenger rail in this corridor at this time,” wrote BNSF vice president and senior general council Richard E. Weicher in a letter dated Jan. 9, 2018.

Apparently freight business on the Monticello Sub (ex-GN passenger line to Fargo via St. Cloud) is still more profitable than selling out to the government.

The article noted that Hennepin County had prevented construction of a junction between a CP Rail line and this BNSF line. They weren’t clear, but I think they mean the ex-Soo main, which the ex-GN crosses at a diamond currently. By disallowing that connection (meaning that BNSF would use CP trackage rights directly to Northtown Yard rather than going via downtown Minneapolis) the Met Council made it much harder for BNSF to vacate the southern portion of the line for LRT.
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Re: Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN: Metro Transit light rail

Postby Jeff Smith » Fri May 18, 2018 7:43 am

Cost jumps: ProgressiveRailroading.com

Minneapolis light-rail project cost jumps to $2 billion

Metro Transit's Southwest light-rail project has jumped in price by $145 million to more than $2 billion, Metropolitan Council Chair Alene Tchourumoff said Tuesday in a project update.

The cost increase is due to factors such as freight-rail negotiations, additional environmental analysis and the rebidding of the civil contracting, Tchourumoff wrote to the council's corridor management committee.

In addition, property acquisition costs have gone up as property values have increased since appraisals in 2016 and 2017. The cost of materials such as steel and labor also have increased.
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Re: Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN: Metro Transit light rail

Postby mtuandrew » Sat May 19, 2018 11:47 am

This line should have been/should be FRA-compatible DMU, rather than a Blue Line extension. Forget the stupid flyovers, the Twin Cities & Western relocation, and the new-build to Chaska (instead reusing the ex-M&StL), and all of a sudden you're looking at $500m rather than $2b. There, I said it.
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