Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Central Corridor is a Go!

The Central Corridor light rail line finally got the thumbs-up from the Met Council today, although the plan approved lacks niceties like a tunnel under the U of M. (That lack of tunnel may mean trains running right down the middle of, uh, Washington Avenue on the East Bank. Great work, guys.)

One paragraph in the Strib story pretty much sums up why the plan was approved as it was:
"This probably isn't the best line that we can build," said Council Member Tony Pistilli of Brooklyn Park. "But in reality it's probably the best line that can be built."
It's good the line will be getting built, of course, but it's sad that we have to compromise on the design of such a long-term asset to the Twin Cities. Utility and cost are critical, but a little inspiration would be nice, too.


If you're curious as to what the hell is the Cost Effectiveness Rating, here's your answer (warning: PDF). Not everyone likes it.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008