Met Council OKs LRT Route Through 'U' Campus
The Metropolitan Council has approved the route for a new stretch of light rail between Minneapolis and St. Paul, and voted to discontinue further study of a northern route that the University of Minnesota preferred.
The new Central Corridor light rail line route will run right down Washington Avenue in Minneapolis to University Avenue and then into St. Paul. That would mean several blocks of Washington Avenue will be for pedestrians and trains only, no cars. That's an option the University of Minnesota doesn't like.
The University of Minnesota wanted the train to head north through Dinkytown along an old railroad track and stay off Washington Avenue, but their hopes were dashed on Wednesday.
"We will be putting no more staff time or resources into exploring this option," said Metropolitan Council President Peter Bell.
"Lead, follow, or get out of the way." I think that last option is the only one left, Bob.