Confused About the Southwest Light-Rail? ‘Choo Choo Bob’ to the Rescue!

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Choo Choo Bob and Friends (Southwest Light Rail Explained)

Choo Choo Bob might have his foundations on the St. Paul side of things, but he certainly knows how to explain a Minneapolis problem. I couldn’t fully understand all the proposals regarding the Southwest Light-Rail project until I reviewed a stack of maps, charts, graphs and local complaints; but for anyone looking to learn about the issue at this late juncture, it’s extremely easy thanks to our train-fanatic friend across the river!

Here is the informative video (made by Choo Choo Bob and MPR News) that covers just about every turn (literal and figurative) in the narrative:

I was hoping for a vocal St. Louis Park resident or two, but I suppose that might have made it a little less kid-friendly. The bikers were quite realistic though!

As for my two cents on the light-rail, I still wish the 3C alignment, that Cam Winton (mayoral candidate) was advocating for, would have gotten more consideration. This would have had the light-rail come down the more spacious Midtown Greenway and Nicollet Avenue; it would have brought the trains more to the heart of Uptown (hitting Eat Street, Lyn-Lake and Calhoun Square head on). Mainly because it would have gotten to the people that actually use mass transit, not the backyards of a bunch of rich people. The added expenses described in the video weren’t factored in when they chose the Kenilworth Corridor in the first place! Frustrating, but I still hope to ride it some day (probably not before 2019 though).

 

Photo and video via: MPR.org

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