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Or, Will the Central Corridor Route Be Under, Over, or Around the U?


From Sunday's Pioneer Planet:

University Ave. train ready for crucial votes

BY DAVE ORRICK
Pioneer Press

Article Last Updated: 02/24/2008 12:59:42 AM CST

What has been impossible for three decades could be reality by the end of the day Wednesday: Everyone agreeing on a light-rail line linking St. Paul and Minneapolis.

But between now and then, plenty of work remains to avoid having the long-proposed Central Corridor light-rail line doing what it's done many times in the past: stall.

First, elected and appointed leaders on a key advisory panel have to agree on a route. Then, they have to agree on priorities to ensure the nearly $1 billion government project comes in under budget. (Yes, leaders are saying it will.)

Then, the Metropolitan Council has to agree, either by unanimous vote or close to it, so that Gov. Tim Pawlenty will endorse the project.

Let's hope that University administrators have finally learned something about the art of compromise and playing with the resources we've got. We'll see by Wednesday and then comment on other compromises that need to be made in order to assure real progress toward a rational goal of being one of the best universities in the BigTen. We do not have the resources to be one of the "top three public research universities in the world [sic]."

The sooner our administration gets real and deals with our actual problems, the better off we will all be. It is a public embarrassment that our leaders continue with this top three business and Driven to Discover advertising campaign.

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