Monday, May 9, 2011

Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "Met Council, feds make Central Corridor funding deal official" from MPR

"St. Paul, Minn. — Central Corridor project partners on Tuesday celebrated a key milestone in the often arduous task of connecting the Twin Cities with light-rail.

Washington sent its top transit official to St. Paul to sign a grant obligating the federal government to pay for half of the costs of building the $957 million transit system, the priciest public infrastructure project in Minnesota history. The federal approval is one of the last major planning steps for a project that has been talked about locally for 30 years, and virtually ensures that the line - of which 12 percent is already complete - will be built. The Metropolitan Council goal is to have trains running by 2014."


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