Posted: 05/28/08 02:36, Edited: 05/28/08 02:37
by Dave Mindeman
We are talking about 11 miles of track! Central Corridor...that's all it is.. 11 miles. Officials have been talking about it for what seems like forever, but all it has gotten us, is yet another impasse.
One obstacle after another gets tossed on the tracks. Funding arguments, location disagreements, traffic issues.....on and on it goes. And while the soap opera continues, the money clock is ticking....Federal funding awaits an agreement and $45 million of yearly inflation gets tacked on with more delays.
Whose at fault?
Depends on who you ask. We have two massive egos at work here... Peter Bell of the Met Council and University President Bob Bruininks. Both men are used to being right....but one of the immovable objects has to budge. And Pawlenty keeps adding to the mix by raising questions and pushing for budget restrictions.
What happens now?
More talk. I would guess that the Met Council will have the final say with their vote, but the University has a lot of infrastructure at stake and needs to be on board. Somebody needs to look at the big picture and find a way to make this work.
This is a key component for the future of light rail. This needs to get done but it also needs to be done right. If extra funding is needed to do this the right way, then find the money. Fixing problems later will be a budgetary and logistical nightmare. We don't have the luxury of playing guessing games.
We have to get this right.