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Take a stand, cause I'm sure tired of sitting!

The Light Rail of the Twin Cities Metro area currently extends from the Mall of America to downtown Minneapolis. As a sort of "trial" for the new mode of transportation in Minnesota, the present location is successful because it covers high traffic areas, such as the Minneapolis/St. Paul Internation Airport, Metrodome, and the Nicollet Mall. Unfortunately, a bigger social problem resides in the design of the transportation system in the Twin Cities Metro area.

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Despite efforts made to reduce traffic congestion by adding the Light Rail and widening the 494/694 Loop to three lanes, transportation throughout the major metro highways is failing those who use it.

There are usually plenty of alternative options to driving in a car in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. You could hop on one of the various metro transit buses, use the Light Rail, or call a taxi. The larger issue is how to cut down on overall traffic congestion in the entire metro area.

One solution would be to look at where the bulk of traffic is coming from and lighten that load with a new route for the Light Rail. Many Minnesota residents spend 1-2+ hours sitting in traffic jams while dredging their way across the metro to get to work or school. Multiply that by two trips for the whole day and we have the culprit to our transporation mess...a whole lot of sitting! Two of the major stretches of highway are the 494/694 loop and the Highway 394 which cuts east-west across the widest part of the loop. By building a new route for the Light Rail which follows a figure eight path along these major highways, the quantity of long-distance commuting would shrink.

The obvious deterent to this solution is funding. Maybe if we redirected some funding and planning for stadiums that we may never have the pleasure of planting our butts in but once every several years (if we're lucky) and put the funds to where we sit on our butts for hours EVERY SINGLE DAY. I don't know about you, but I'm tired of sitting!

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