The Rail Line Extension Of The Metro Bus System

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Minneapolis has been ranked as one of the worst areas in the United States when it comes to traffic. Drivers in the Twin Cities spend an average of 63 hours per year stuck in traffic according to a 2015 survey done by TomTom, a GPS navigation company. In hopes of solving the traffic problem, the first rail line in Minnesota opened back in 2004. Since then there has been a Green Line extension from St. Paul to Minneapolis. The original Blue Line provided 10.6 million rides as of last year and the Green Line has provided 12.4 million rides. Both lines have contributed to the decrease to the overall ridership of the Metro bus system. Due to the success of the Minneapolis light rail system there has been plans to expand it even further.
In May 2010, a southwest Green Line extension was finally approved. The southwest light rail would extend the green line fourteen and a half miles. Adding sixteen new stations beginning in downtown Minneapolis and running through St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Eden Prairie. The total estimated cost for the project is $1.858 billion, costing the state of Minnesota a total of $30.3 million. The rest of the funding comes from various sources such as Counties Transit Improvement Board, Hennepin Country Regional Railroad Authority, Metropolitan Council, in-kind land transfers, and other local contributions. Construction is set to start in 2017 and end by 2021 if light rail is allowed to continue. This costly project has been approved and

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