A Story I Reported... Light Rail Coming Through the 'U'
This is a story I reported for my news writing and reporting class at the University of Minnesota. The story focuses on the central corridor light-rail line that will be built between Minneapolis and St. Paul, running through the university along its way.
The issue is concerning the exact path the trains will take through the university: above ground or below ground in a tunnel.
Both options have their pros and cons, and I learned a lot about each while reporting the story.
Along with financial issues (the tunnel would cost a significant amount of the total cost of the project), the safety of students moving around campus, as well as traffic concerns, were also raised while doing the reporting.
I contacted the projects communications director as well as the director for the Center for Transportation Studies at the university, as well as using information available on the project's web site.
While the university's official position is for the train to run below ground, interesting points were brought up by the people I interviewed as to why it might actually be beneficial for the train to run above ground on Washington Avenue. Below is the article.