Do you see a pattern here:
Central Corridor LRT -- $70,000,000
High Speed Rail St. Paul to Chicago -- $4,000,000
Southeast Express -- $500,000
Bottineau Corridor Transitway - $500,000
1-94 Corridor Transitway - $750,000
I-494 Corridor Transitway - $500,000
Red Rock Corridor Transitway - $500,000
Robert Street Corridor Transitway - $500,000
Rush Line Corridor Transitway - $500,000
Southwest Corridor Transitway - $500,000
Those are all the transit projects line item vetoed by Governor Pawlenty yesterday. What I don't understand is that the Hiawatha Corridor has been considered a nice success. Ridership is higher than anticipated by the doom and gloomers (I'm looking at you Tax Payers League) and with gas soon to reach $4.00 a gallon, public transit is going to become a more important component of a multi-modal transportation system that should include resources for cars, buses, trains, bikes, and walking. By vetoing money for transit we are going to keep the Minneapolis-St. Paul area mired in lousy highways and greenhouse gas-spewing automobiles. For a Republican who is generally on the good side of global warming issues, I am surprised by T-Paw's total lack of support of any future public transit for the State of Minnesota.
Nice example of leadership, you'll go far in Washington, D.C.