2008 Transit Implementation Idea
In early 2008, after years of failed attempts, the Minnesota Legislature passed a significant transportation funding bill aimed at reversing the decline in state road and bridge conditions, metro area mobility, and transit corridor funding. The bill had enough support to survive a veto by the Governor.
A major transit revenue generator will be a 1/4 cent metro area sales tax, subject to approval by the core 7 metro area counties, that will be distributed by a joint powers board to build and operate regional transit corridors. 5 of the 7 metro area counties have voted to implement the tax and join the board (Scott and Carver Counties being the hold-outs).
Below is an idea of mine on what could be done with the 1/4 cent sales tax through 2030. This is a very rough idea, and some of my numbers below could be off. There are several assumptions I've made:
This results in $75 million per year * 22 years * 3 (for other revenue sources) = $4,950 million. For simplicity, we can assume around $5 billion will be available for corridor construction through 2030.
Here's my thoughts on what should be constructed with that $5 billion, arranged by mode:
|Mode Type||Corridor Description||Rough Cost|
|Light Rail Transit||Central Corridor: downtown Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul||$1 billion|
|Light Rail Transit||Southwest Corridor: downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie (assumes Alt 3A)||$1.2 billion|
|Light Rail Transit||Northwest/Bottineau Corridor: downtown Minneapolis to Osseo||$1 billion|
|Light Rail Transit||I-94 East Corridor: downtown St. Paul to 3M HQ||$500 million|
|Commuter Rail||Red Rock Corridor: downtown Minneapolis to Hastings||$310 million|
|Bus Rapid Transit||Additional improvements to I-35W and Cedar BRT corridors||$100 million|
|Bus Rapid Transit||Northeast Diagonal Corridor: I-35W towards Forest Lake/MN 36 towards Stillwater||$200 million|
|Bus Rapid Transit||Riverview Corridor: downtown St. Paul to MSP Airport/Mall Of America||$200 million|
|Streetcar||Midtown Greenway: West Lake to Lake/Hiawatha||$75 million|
|Streetcar||Nicollet Ave: downtown to 46th St||$105 million|
|All||Miscellaneous Improvements||$200 million|
I will come up with maps as part of a future update.
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