U's Light Rail Talks Continue

by Matt Carlson

The University of Minnesota has once again met with the Metropolitan Council to discuss a new 11-mile-long light rail corridor to connect St. Paul and Minneapolis.

A Met Council representative told Minnesota Public Radio that progress has been made, however the University still has concerns about the project.

The $941 million project will run through the U's Minneapolis campus.  School officials are concerned that vibrations and electromagnetic interference would adversely affect research equipment along Washington Avenue, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Met Council chairman Peter Bell said If the two parties do not reach an agreement, the project could lose have of its funding or necessary federal approvals, according to MPR.

The Federal Transit Administration, which is scheduled to fund have of the projects cost, said the project can't go forward with a University lawsuit in place, according to the Star Tribune.

The talks are schedule to continue next Wednesday.

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