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Light Rail and Commuter Transit

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With the opening of the light rail transit (LRT) Central Corridor (Green Line) in June 2014, the downtowns of St. Paul and Minneapolis are linked by rail transit for the first time since Twin City Rapid Transit (TCRT) streetcar lines met their demise in the 1950s. The new Green Line is the first expansion of the area's light rail system since the opening of the Hiawatha Line (Blue Line) in 2004. The two lines connect in downtown Minneapolis.

The Twin Cities' LRT system has been a work in progress for years, its roots stretching back to the 1970s when heavy rail and "downtown people movers" were studied as transit options. By the early 1980s, LRT had moved to the forefront of transit planning. The 1980s and 1990s were filled with LRT studies, evaluations, and planning efforts. On January 17, 2001, ground was broken for the region's first LRT line along Hiawatha Avenue, connecting downtown Minneapolis, the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, and the Mall of America in Bloomington.

The next expansion of the region's rail transit system occurred in late 2009 with the opening of the Northstar Corridor, a 40-mile commuter rail line running from the Big Lake area south to downtown Minneapolis, followed by the opening of the Green Line in June 2014.

Planning is underway for expansion of the Blue and Green Lines that would serve areas north, south, and west of downtown Minneapolis. The proposed Southwest Corridor would connect with the Green Line near Target Field in downtown Minneapolis and extend to Eden Prairie. Planning has also begun along the Bottineau Corridor, which would serve as a Blue Line extension toward Robbinsdale, Brooklyn Center, and Maple Grove.

Commuter transit expansion also includes Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). BRT systems combine improved infrastructure, vehicles, and technology to provide faster, more efficient service. The METRO Red Line is a BRT line stretching from the Mall of America to Apple Valley on Cedar Avenue. A second BRT line is in the planning stages: the Orange Line (estimated to open in 2020) would provide service between Minneapolis and Burnsville.

Twin Cities transit has come full circle, with both Minneapolis and St. Paul studying streetcar systems and routes for the future.

Light Rail and Commuter Transit Timeline

1975: Minnesota Legislature prohibits the Metropolitan Transit Commission from using transit tax levies for any preliminary work on an automated fixed guideway system. (Laws of Minnesota 1975, chapter 13, section 71(d))

1980: Minnesota Legislature directs the Metropolitan Council to conduct a feasibility study of light rail transit in the metropolitan area. (Laws of Minnesota 1980, chapter 607, article 13, section 3)

1984: Minnesota Legislature creates Regional Transit Board. (Laws of Minnesota 1984, chapter 654, article 3, section 116)

1985: Minnesota Legislature prohibits any expenditure of public funds on light rail transit. (Laws of Minnesota 1Sp 1985, chapter 10, section 105)

1987: Minnesota Legislature removes the 1985 prohibition by giving any regional rail authority the ability to study, plan, or design a light rail transit system. (Laws of Minnesota 1987, chapter 405, section 4) In addition, the Metropolitan Council is allowed to cooperate with the regional rail authorities in light rail transit planning. (Laws of Minnesota 1987, chapter 405, section 3)

1988: Minnesota Legislature appropriates $4.17 million (if matched with dollar for dollar amounts from other funding sources) for regional railroad authorities to plan, design and construct light rail transit facilities. (Laws of Minnesota 1988, chapter 684, article 2, section 2)

1989: Minnesota Legislature requires the Regional Transit Board to adopt a regional light rail plan. (Laws of Minnesota 1989, chapter 339, section 12)

Minnesota Legislature creates the Joint Light Rail Transit Advisory Committee to assist the Regional Transit Board in LRT planning. (Laws of Minnesota 1989, chapter 339, section 13)

1991: Minnesota Legislature creates the Light Rail Transit Joint Powers Board. (Laws of Minnesota 1991, chapter 298, article 7, section 8)

1993: Minnesota Legislature establishes the Corridor Management Committee (Laws of Minnesota 1993, chapter 353, section 12)

1994: Minnesota Legislature abolishes the Regional Transit Board. All duties and responsibilities are transferred to the Metropolitan Council. (Laws of Minnesota 1994, chapter 628, article 2, section 4)

1997: Minnesota Legislature authorizes the study of the potential of using freight rail corridors in the metropolitan area for commuter rail service. (Laws of Minnesota 1997, chapter 159, article 2, section 51)

1998: Minnesota Legislature appropriates $40 million for a light rail transit system for the Hiawatha Corridor. Another $6.5 million is appropriated for LRT study, design and engineering work of other corridors. (Laws of Minnesota 1998, chapter 404, section 17) On May 22, 1998, Congress passes a transportation bill which allots $120 million for the Hiawatha Corridor light rail transit project. Congress also authorizes an additional $6 million for rail transit work on the North Star Corridor (Minneapolis to St. Cloud through Anoka).

1999: Minnesota Legislature appropriates $60 million for construction of the Hiawatha Corridor LRT line. (Laws of Minnesota 1999, chapter 240, article 1, section 9, subdivision 5) This funding makes Minnesota eligible to receive matching federal funds for the project.

2000: Laws of Minnesota 2000, chapter 479, article 1, section 24, subdivision 4 gives the Metropolitan Council the right to sell or lease naming rights to light rail transit stations and to apply revenues from sales or leases to light rail transit operating costs. Starting in June, the design-build contractor and vehicle manufacturer selection process for Hiawatha Corridor begins, and construction on the line begins on October 1.

2001: In January, the Federal Transit Administration approved a Full Funding Grant Agreements committing $334,277,500 to the rail project. Total approved funding from all sources is $675,409,818. In the early part of session, legislation is first introduced (HF137) that would place limits on planning or studying the "Dan Patch commuter rail line" between Northfield and Minneapolis. This lightly used freight line stopped providing commuter service in the 1940s. At the end of the year, the Dakota County Regional Railroad Authority and Parsons Brinckerhoff (consultants) publish the Dan Patch Corridor Commuter Rail Feasibility Study (HE 2771. M6 D36 2001).

2002: The Minnesota Legislature passes HF3618, an omnibus bonding bill that, among other things, prohibits the Met Council from spending money on or making any plans for the Dan Patch commuter rail line. (Laws of Minnesota 2002, chapter 393, section 85). In October, the first Hiawatha Corridor vehicle is delivered.

2004: Blue Line/Hiawatha Corridor LRT service begins Saturday, June 26, 2004.

2005: Minnesota Legislature approves $37.5 million for the Northstar Corridor in the 2005 bonding bill. (Laws of Minnesota 2005, chapter 20, article 1) In June of 2005, the United States Congress approves $80 million for the Northstar Corridor in the federal transportation bill.

2006: Minnesota Legislature approves $60 million for the Northstar Corridor in the 2006 capital improvement bonding bill. (Laws of Minnesota 2006, chapter 258, section 16, subdivision 4). The Metropolitan Council begins planning for a Central Corridor Light Rail transit line. This rail line will connect downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul along University Avenue.

2007: The Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) for Northstar Commuter Rail is signed by state and federal officials on December 11. This agreement allots $156.8 million in federal funds and $97.5 million in state funds to the project.

2008: On April 7, Governor Pawlenty vetoes the $70 million allotted for the Central Corridor project in the 2008 bonding bill. (Laws of Minnesota 2008, chapter 179, section 17, subd. 5) However, in May 2008, the $70 million is restored in a supplementary bonding package. (Laws of Minnesota 2008, chapter 365, section 4)

2009: Summer marks the five year anniversary of the Hiawatha Line. Ridership is 20 percent ahead of what ridership was expected to be in 2020. A plan to buy more train cars to accommodate increased ridership requires the expansion of 10 LRT stations. In August, the Federal Transit Administration issues the Central Corridor LRT Record of Decision clearing the way for the project to proceed. By December, the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority approves an alignment for the Southwest light-rail transit line, a $1.2 billion rail project connecting Eden Prairie with the state's other rail lines at Target Field in Minneapolis. The choice had been pared down to two main routes. The route not chosen, through Uptown and down Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis, would cost about $600 million more than the approved route.

2010: In January, the federal government agrees to pay half of the $15.6 million to build three additional Central Corridor stations at Hamline Avenue, Victoria Street and Western Avenue on University Avenue. The funding became available after the Federal Transit Administration announced sweeping changes to federal funding requirements for light-rail and busway projects. The FTA decided to elevate livability and sustainability factors over mere cost-effectiveness. The Ramsey County Regional Rail Authority board approves spending $520,000 to go toward one of three additional stations to be included on the Central Corridor light-rail line. In May, the Metropolitan Council votes to build a third light rail transit line, the Southwest Corridor LRT, connecting downtown Minneapolis with Eden Prairie.

Metropolitan Council approves spending $152.3 million on light rail cars for the Hiawatha and Central Corridors. The Council also sends the Federal Transit Administration their estimates for ridership (about 29,000 passengers per weekday), and the price tag (estimated at $1.2 billion), for the Southwest Corridor line in its application to enter the preliminary engineering phase. Toward the end of the year, Ramsey County Regional Rail Authority approves $5.8 million to continue work on the Central Corridor, with no commitment on federal funding.

2011: At the start of the year, renovation work begins on Union Depot, the last stop for Central Corridor. The first LRT derailment occurs in March when lead car comes off track a few inches. There were no injuries. In April, the FTA commits $478 million to Central Corridor in a full funding agreement. The federal grant is half the project's estimated cost. By September, construction on the Central Corridor is 20% complete; by November, the University Avenue portion of the line is completed.

The St. Paul City Council votes in July to apply for $200 thousand federal grant to help finance streetcar planning. In September, the FTA gives approval to start preliminary engineering on the Southwest Corridor.

2012: By May, the Central Corridor line is half complete, and by December, most of the traffic-obstructing construction on the line ends.

In September, Southwest Corridor Light Rail receives a $2 million grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The Southwest Transitway Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Southwest Corridor is issued by Hennepin County in October, and in the months following, Hennepin County holds public hearings during the Southwest Corridor public review and comment period. About 1000 comments are received from the public. The cities of Minneapolis and St. Louis Park each raise concerns about the plans for the Southwest Corridor. At the end of the year, Southwest Corridor light rail contracts are awarded to AECOM and Kimley-Horn rather than URS due to URS' role in the Sabo Bridge issues.

2013: In April, tests of light rail cars on the Central Corridor begin. Initial plans for Southwest Corridor line stations and route are released. Toward the end of the year, and into 2014, all possible options for routing freight and light rail tracks for the Southwest Corridor are re-examined.

The Met Council approves the Bottineau Transitway in May, a new proposed light rail line from downtown Minneapolis to Brooklyn Park. The route will connect to the Hiawatha/Blue line, the Central Corridor/Green line, the proposed Southwest line and the Northstar commuter rail at the Target Field Station.

2014: Early in the year, the Twin Cities & Western Railroad rejects a proposed reroute of freight trains through St. Louis Park in lieu of the Kenilworth Corridor as not efficient, safe, nor cost effective. The counties tell Southwest Corridor planners that funding will go to another light rail project if the conflict is not resolved soon. A new option involving a 1.1 mile tunnel below the channel is unveiled to address concerns raised by the city of Minneapolis. This option could add $85 million raising the total to $1.6 billion Another option with a shorter tunnel would add $40 million. In April, the Metropolitan Council votes in favor of the $1.68 billion Southwest light rail plan that hides the light rail line in two tunnels through the Kenilworth corridor; the freight and recreation path will be at grade level. The Met Council plan is required to seek consent from the cities on the route but could face rejection by Minneapolis.

Cities along the planned Southwest Corridor line hold separate hearings in early spring on the preliminary plans before their city councils vote as part of the municipal consent process. By July, the City of Minneapolis and the Metropolitan Council reach a tentative agreement on the Southwest light rail project after two months of negotiation with a mediator. The deal eliminates one of two planned tunnels passing the Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles portions of the corridor. The modified deal awaits formal approval from both the Met Council and the Minneapolis City Council. In late August, the Minneapolis City Council becomes the last city involved in the Southwest Corridor to give formal consent. A lawsuit is filed in September by the Lakes and Parks Alliance of Minneapolis against The Federal Transit Administration, the Metropolitan Council, and Metropolitan Council Chair Susan Haigh. The Alliance argues that an appropriate environmental review wasn't conducted on the Kenilworth Corridor portion of the Southwest Corridor line. At the end of the year, the Metropolitan Council releases three different bridge concepts for the Kenilworth portion of the line.

The Bottineau Transitway/Blue Line Extension draft environmental impact statement is released in April, and in August the Federal Transit Administration approves a plan to begin design work on extending the Blue Line. The extension would connect Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal, and Brooklyn Park to the current Blue Line route.

On June 14, Green Line light rail service is launched with a weekend of free service and celebrations at many of the stations. In August, Metro Transit announces a joint project with the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority to build a pedestrian bridge from the Vikings stadium to the Downtown East light rail station. The walkway is expected to help reduce congestion on the ground at nearby intersections.

The Metropolitan Council votes in July to advance plans for the "A Line," a bus rapid transit line on St. Paul's heavily traveled Snelling Avenue. The "arterial bus rapid transit" is the first of its kind in the Twin Cities. The line will include frequent service with fewer stops, fare-paying at stations rather than on bus for faster loading, real-time departure signs, and unique buses with wider aisles and additional doors. Construction is expected to begin in late 2014, with service starting in late 2015. A "B Line" is in planning stages for St. Paul's West 7th Street, and a "C Line" is planned for Penn Avenue in Minneapolis.

In October, Metro Transit releases an executive summary of a 10-15 year service improvement plan for expanding the local and express route bus network. According to Metro Transit, the plan will "address the types of improvements to make, how to prioritize those improvements and the resources needed. This project will combine regional vision, transit planning principles and public input."

2015: On January 15, Senate bill SF108, a bill to prohibit expenditures and planning for a Rochester Minneapolis/St. Paul Zip Rail line, is introduced. In the same month, the Metropolitan Council publishes 2040 Transportation Policy Plan, focusing on the Thrive MSP 2040 vision. 

The Target Field light rail station wins an American Institute of Architects' Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design. On September 3, 2015, light rail ridership reached a milestone: 100,000 riders in a single day. The number is attributed to three major sports events occurring that day.

Early in the year, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board votes to ask the Federal Transit Administration to intervene in the Southwest Light Rail Transit project, citing concern for the projects effect on the environment. In late February an agreement between the Metropolitan Council and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board on the Kenilworth channel issue is announced. A bridge will be built over the channel (rather than a tunnel under it) for the Southwest Corridor line. Another issue is raised in March, when a group of Minnetonka residents files a lawsuit to force the consideration of alternate routes for the Southwest Corridor line, contending the proposed route would damage Opus Hill, a wooded recreation area.

A new estimate of the cost for the Southwest Corridor line—$1.9 billion—is released in April and puts the future of the line in question. The estimate is a result of more detailed engineering reports that found environmental concerns and poor ground conditions along the route. The Metropolitan Council publishes the Southwest LRT Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement in May and in June, an analysis by the Metropolitan Council finds that light rail continues to be the best option for the Southwest Corridor (over bus rapid transit). While costing less, bus rapid transit does not offer the same benefits as light rail and would result in less ridership. By July, the Metropolitan Council approves an altered plan and budget for the Southwest Corridor light rail line. A project update must be submitted to the Federal Transportation Administration on August 3, 2015 for the 2016 federal budget. In late September the Minneapolis City Council gave municipal consent to the Southwest Light Rail project's revised design and budget.

In October, an increased estimate for the cost of the Bottineau Blue Line Extension is released: $1.48 billion. The estimate, representing a $500 million increase, comes after Metro Transit staff and consultants had completed 15 percent of the engineering and environmental work.

2016: The bus rapid transit A-Line opened on June 11. The Legislature took up the issue of funding for the proposed Southwest Light Rail Transit line, but did not pass the bonding bill (HF622) in the regular session. Throughout the summer, the Governor and legislative leaders discussed the possibility of a special session to address funding for the Southwest line, among other things, but by September, no agreement had been reached. Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Council published the final Environmental Impact Statement for the Southwest Corridor Line.

2017: On February 6, the Minnesota House of Representatives introduced HF861, the omnibus transportation finance bill. By May 10, the $6 billion transportation package passed through both chambers and was presented to the Governor.  The bill would have dedicated $300 million in general fund dollars to transportation and provides a one-time payment of $70 million for the Metropolitan Council. On May 15, Dayton vetoed the bill citing the potential $17.5 million deficit that the bill leaves for Metro Transit in fiscal year 2018-2019 and a $110 million structural deficit in the next biennium.

As of September 20, the Metropolitan Council had rejected the four civil construction bids for the Southwest Light Rail, as they did not meet cost expectations and responsiveness requirements. This pushed back the expected opening of the line four month, to 2022.

2018: On March 1, the Minnesota Senate introduced SF2809. The bill proposed a reshaping of the Metropolitan Council's governance and membership structure, and elimination of the Transportation Advisory Board. The bills passed through both chambers by May 19 and were presented to the Governor. On May 30, Dayton issued a veto of the bill, citing that it would create inherent conflicts of interest for some members of the Council and would impede the Council’s ability to create regional policies.

The Metropolitan Council and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a Supplemental Environmental Assessment for the Southwest Corridor Light Rail on February 16. In July, the Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County, and TC&W Railroad reached an agreement to advance the Southwest Corridor project. On November 15, the civil construction contract for the project was awarded to Lunda/C.S. McCrossan. The contract is expected to create 7,500 construction jobs, totaling $350 million in payroll into the state’s economy. The Council anticipates issuing a Limited Notice to Proceed in December. Construction is expected to begin in 2019, with the line now projected to open in 2023.

In November, the Orange Line BRT secured all $150.7 million in available funding when the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced it will be fully funding the federal share of $74.1 million. With funding secured, the project is expected to move into the final stage of construction.

Proposed and Existing Corridors

Various rail corridors have been proposed throughout the years. The following is a list of proposed and existing corridors.

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Light Rail/Commuter Transit Lines

Blue Line/Hiawatha Corridor

Began service in 2004

Hiawatha Light Rail Transit System Transportation & Maintenance Operations Plan. St. Paul: Metro Transit, Metropolitan Council, 2003. (HE4491.T92 H533 2004)

Hiawatha Avenue Light Rail Transit Line, December 31, 2002: Special Review. St. Paul: Financial Audit Division, Office of the Legislative Auditor, State of Minnesota, 2003. (HE4491.T92 H539 2003)

Reevaluation of the Revised Environmental Assessment For Light Rail Transit From 82nd Street Near 24th Avenue to just North of Interstate Highway 494 and 34th Avenue in Bloomington, Minnesota, Hennepin County and Reevaluation of the Environmental Assessment, the Hiawatha Light Rail Transit Line through the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport Property, Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, Hennepin County, Minnesota. Minneapolis: Minnesota Department of Transportation, Hiawatha Project Office, 2003. (TD194.56.M6 S55 2003)

Hiawatha Avenue Light Rail Transit Line, December 31, 2001: Special Review. St. Paul: Financial Audit Division, Office of the Legislative Auditor, State of Minnesota, 2002. (HE4491.T92 H539 2002)

Review of the Hiawatha Corridor Light Rail Transit Project. Federal Transit Administration, 2002. (HE4491.T92 R38 2002)

Hiawatha Corridor Light Rail Fact Book. St. Paul: Metropolitan Council, 2000. (HE4491.T92 H53 2000)

Environmental Assessment For the Cedar-Riverside Realignment as Part of the Hiawatha Light Rail Transit System, Hennepin County, Minnesota. Minneapolis: Minnesota Dept. of Transportation, 2000. (HE4491.T92 E58 2000)

The Hiawatha Light Rail Transit Line through the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport Property: Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, Hennepin County, Minnesota. St.Paul: Minnesota Dept. of Transportation, 2000. (HE4491.T92 H538 2000)

Hiawatha Light Rail Corridor Financial Report to the Minnesota Legislature. St. Paul: Metropolitan Council, 2000. (HE4491.T92 H54 2000)

Environmental Assessment For Reverse Flow Bus Lanes Associated with Light Rail Transit in Downtown Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. Minneapolis: Minnesota Dept. of Transportation, 2000. (HE4491.T92 E582 2000)

Record of Decision: Hiawatha Corridor Light Rail Transit, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Minnesota Department of Transportation. Federal Transit Administration, 2000. (HE4491 .T92 R32 2000)

Public Hearing Before the Bloomington City Council, Bloomington, Minnesota on Hiawatha Corridor Light Rail Transit Environmental Assessment and Preliminary Design Plan. Minneapolis: Ask, Zender & Trondson, 1999. (HE4491.T92 P92 1999)

Hiawatha Corridor Light Rail Transit Preliminary Design Plan: Public Hearing: Wednesday, September 1, 1999, 6:30 P.M., Minneapolis Convention Center / Moderator: Gerard McCullough. Minneapolis: Ask, Zender & Trondson, 1999. (HE4491.T92 H536 1999)

Hiawatha Corridor Light Rail Transit Comments Received and Mn/DOT Responses From September 16 Public Hearing / Moderator: Dore Mead. Minneapolis: Ask, Zender & Trondson, 1999. (HE4491.T92 H534 1999)

Hiawatha Corridor Light Rail Transit Comments Received and Mn/DOT Responses Originating After September 1 & 16th Public Hearings. St. Paul: Minnesota Department of Transportation, 1999. (HE4491.T92 H532 1999)

Final Hiawatha Corridor LRT Benefit-Cost Analysis. St. Paul: Minnesota Dept. of Transportation, Office of Investment Management, 1999. (HE4491.T92 H52 1999)

Reevaluation For Hiawatha Avenue (TH-55) Light Rail Transit Final Environmental Impact Statement Section 4(f) Evaluation and Alternatives Analysis. Roseville: Minnesota Dept. of Transportation, 1999. (HE4491.T92 R34 1999)

Technical Memorandum, Preliminary Design of the Hiawatha LRT Corridor in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Minneapolis: BRW, Inc., 1989. (HE4491.M62 T429 1989)

Light Rail Transit Feasibility in the Hiawatha Avenue Corridor. St. Paul: Metropolitan Council, 1981. (MLAC) (HE4491.T95 L53x)

Blue Line Extension/Bottineau Corridor (proposed)

Project description from the Metropolitan Council.

Record of Decision: METRO Blue Line Light Rail Transit Extension Project. [Washington, D.C.]: Federal Transit Administration, 2016.

METRO Blue Line Light Rail Transit Extension Final Environmental Impact Statement. [Minnesota?]: [publisher not identified], 2016. (TD194.56.M6 B682 2016)

Bottineau Transitway Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Minnesota, 2014. (TD194.56.M6 B68 2014)

Green Line/Central Corridor

Began service in 2014

Central Corridor Tracker: Progress Beyond the Rail, Final Report St. Paul: Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, 2016. (HE4491.T95 C464 2016)

About Community, Not a Commute. St. Paul: Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, 2016. (HE4491.T95 A26 2016)

Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Project: Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement: Construction-Related Potential Impacts on Business Revenues.. St. Paul: Metropolitan Council, 2013. (TD194.56.M6 C47 2013)

Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Project: Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement For Construction-Related Potential Impacts on Business Revenues. St. Paul: Metropolitan Council, 2012. (TD194.56.M6 C469 2012)

Progress Beyond the Rail: Central Corridor Tracker 2011 BaseLine indicators. St. Paul: Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, 2011? (HE4491.T95 P76 2011)

Status Report on the Implementation of Mitigation Measures -- CCLRT Construction-Related Business Impacts. St. Paul: Metropolitan Council, 2011. (HE4491.T95 S73 2011)

Mueller, Daniel P. Central Corridor Key Outcomes: BaseLine Indicators Report. St. Paul: Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, 2011. (HE4491.T95 M84 2011)

Saint Paul Transit-Oriented Development Guidebook For the Central Corridor. St. Paul: City of Saint Paul, Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation, 2011. (HE4491.S4 S35 2011)

Central Corridor TOD Investment Framework: a Corridor Implementation Strategy. 2010. (HE4491.T95 C463 2010)

Central Corridor Light Rail Transit: Final Environmental Impact Statement: Executive Summary. St. Paul: Metropolitan Council, 2009. (TD194.56.M6 C467 2009)

Record of Decision on the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Project in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. 2009. (TD194.56.M6 C468 2009)

Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Project: Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement. St. Paul: Metropolitan Council, 2008. (TD194.56.M6 C466 2008)

Central Corridor Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Alternatives Analysis: Record of Public Comment. St. Paul: Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority, 2006. (TD194.56.M6 C465 2006)

Central Corridor Project: Alternatives Analysis and Draft Environmental Impact Statement. St. Paul: Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority, 2006. (TD194.56.M6 C46 2006)

Phase II Architectural History Investigation for the Proposed Central Transit Corridor, Hennepin and Ramsey Counties, Minnesota . St. Paul: 106 Group, 2004. (F614.M6 P53 2004)

Phase I Architectural History Investigation For the Proposed Central Transit Corridor, Hennepin and Ramsey Counties, Minnesota. Vol. I. St. Paul: 106 Group, 2003. (F614.M6 P53 2003)

Economic Development Potential Around Proposed Central Corridor LRT Stations. St. Paul: Metropolitan Council, 1995. (HE4491.M62 E36 1995)

Boylan, Patrick J. Light Rail Transit in the Twin Cities: the Central Corridor. Minn.: P.J. Boylan, 1994. (HE4491.T95 B69 1994)

Central Corridor Transit Study: Summary Package. Minn.: Minnesota Dept. of Transportation: Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority: Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority, 1993. (HE4491.T95 C462 1993)

Central Corridor: Hennepin and Ramsey Counties: Alternatives Analysis and Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Chicago, Ill.: Federal Transit Administration ; Minn.: Minnesota Dept. of Transportation: Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority: Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority, 1993. (HE4491.T95 C46 1993)

Twin Cities Central Corridor: Transit Alternatives Analysis and Draft Environmental Impact Statement. St. Paul: Minnesota Dept. of Transportation: Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority; [Minneapolis, Minn.]: Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority, 1992. (HE4491.T95 T95 1992)

Midway Corridor Light Rail Transit: Draft Environmental Impact Statement. St. Paul: Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority, Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority, 1990. (HE4491.T95 M52 1990)

Final Report: Economic, Land Use Impacts of LRT in the Midway Corridor. Basile Baumann Prost & Associates. Inc., 1990. (HE4491.T95 F55 1990)

Midway Corridor Light Rail Transit: Scoping Decision Document. St. Paul: Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority, 1990. (HE4491.T95 M53 1990)

Light Rail Transit Planning Analysis For the Midway Corridor: Alignment Information. Minn.: BRW, Inc., 1988. (HE4491.T95 L55 1988)

Light Rail Transit Planning Analysis For the Midway Corridor: Alignment Information: Executive Summary. St. Paul: Regional Transit Board: Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority, 1988. (HE4491.T95 L56 1988)

Light Rail Transit Planning Analysis For the Midway Corridor: Alignment Information and Public Comments. St. Paul: Regional Transit Board: Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority, 1988. (HE4491.T95 L56 1988ax)

Green Line Extension/Southwest Corridor (proposed)

Project description from the Metropolitan Council.

Supplemental Environmental Assessment: Southwest Light Rail Transit. St. Paul: Metropolitan Council, 2018. (TD194.56.M6 S692 2018)

Record of Decision on the Southwest Light Rail Transit Project (Metro Green Line Extension). Washington, D.C.: Federal Transit Administration, 2016. (TD194.56.M6 R43 2016)

Southwest Light Rail Transit (Metro Green Line Extension): Final Environmental Impact Statement. St. Paul: [Metropolitan Council], 2016. (TD194.56.M6 S69 2016)

Southwest Green Line LRT Extension, 90% Submission. St. Paul: Metropolitan Council. 2016. (HE4491.T92 S6853 2016)

Southwest Green Line LRT Extension, 60% Submission. St. Paul: Metropolitan Council, 2015. (HE4491.T92 S6853 2015)

Southwest Green Line LRT Extension: Track Work/Civil Revised Preliminary Design Plans for Municipal Consent. St. Paul: Metropolitan Council, 2015. (HE4491.T92 S6852 2015)

Southwest Light Rail Transit (Metro Green Line Extension): Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement. St. Paul: Metropolitan Council, 2015. (TD194.56.M6 S689 2015)

Guide to the Supplemental Draft EIS: Southwest Light Rail Transit (Metro Green Line Extension). St. Paul: Metropolitan Council, 2015. (TD194.56.M6 S689 2015 Guide)

SWLRT Engineering Evaluation of Freight Rail Relocation Alternatives: Final Report. St. Paul: Metropolitan Council, 2014. (HE2771.M6 S95 2014)

Southwest Light Rail Transit: Kenilworth Shallow LRT Tunnels Water Resources Evaluation. St. Paul: Metropolitan Council, 2014. (HE4491.T92 S687 2014)

Southwest Green Line LRT Extension: Municipal Consent (MN State Statute 473.3994). St. Paul: Metropolitan Council, 2014. (HE4491.T92 S685 2014)

Guide to the LRT Municipal Consent Process: Southwest Green Line LRT Extension. St. Paul: Metropolitan Council, 2014. (HE4491.T92 S685 2014 Guide)

Southwest Green Line LRT Extension: Preliminary Engineering. St. Paul: Metropolitan Council, 2014. (HE4491.T92 S686 2014)

Kenilworth Corridor Vegetation Inventory: Southwest LRT Project Technical Report. St. Paul: Metropolitan Council, 2014. (HE4491.T92 K46 2014)

TC&W Freight Relocation Analysis. Saint Paul: Metropolitan Council, 2014. (HE2771.M6 T38 2014)

Southwest Light Rail Transit: Kenilworth Shallow LRT Tunnels Water Resources Evaluation. St. Paul: Metropolitan Council, 2013. (HE4491.T92 S687 2013)

Twin Cities & Western Railroad Company Response to the Southwest Light Rail Transitway Draft Environmental Impact Statement. (Appendices). Glencoe, Minn.: Twin Cities & Western Railroad Co., 2012. (HE4491.T92 T85 2012)

Southwest Transitway Draft Environmental Impact Statement. 2012. (HE4491.T92 S688 2012)

Southwest Rail Transit Study: Final Report. Minneapolis: Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority, 2003. (HE4491.T92 S68 2003)

Northstar Commuter Rail Line

Began service in 2009

Northstar Corridor Project Special Review. St. Paul: State of Minnesota, Office of the State Auditor, 2006. (HE2771.M6 N65 2006)

Northstar Corridor Rail Project Findings of Fact and Conclusions, Final Section 4(f) Evaluation. Minneapolis: Northstar Project Office, 2006. (TD194.56.M6 N67 2006)

Environmental Assessment and Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation for the Proposed Changes to the Northstar Corridor Rail Project (downtown Minneapolis to Big Lake, Minnesota). Minneapolis: Northstar Project Office, 2005. (TD194.56.M6 N67 2005)

Northstar Corridor Rail Project: New Starts Criteria. St. Paul: Minnesota Dept. of Transportation, 2004. (HE2771.M6 N67 2004)

Northstar Corridor Rail Project Work Group Report. St. Paul: Northstar Corridor Rail Project Work Group, 2004. (HE2781.T9 N67 2004)

Peterson, Garneth O. Phase II Architectural History Evaluations Along the Northstar Corridor in Benton, Stearns, and Hennepin Counties, Minnesota. 2001. (C02-0013 report, C02-0014 addendum) (MLAC)

Peterson, Garneth O. Addendum #1 to Phase I Cultural Resources Investigations along the Northstar Corridor in Benton, Stearns, Sherburne, Anoka, and Hennepin Counties, Minnesota. 2001. (C02-0021) (MLAC)

Northstar Corridor Project: Final Environmental Impact Statement and Section 4(f) Evaluation. St. Paul: Minnesota Dept. of Transportation, 2002. (TD194.56.M6 N67 2002)

Northstar Corridor Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Section 4(f)/6(f) Evaluation: Supplemental Environmental Information to the Northstar Corridor DEIS. St. Paul: Minnesota Dept. of Transportation, 2001. (TD194.56.M6 N67 2001)

Northstar Corridor-North Extension Commuter Rail Feasibility Study: City of Rice to Camp Ripley. Minneapolis: BRW Inc., 2000. (HE2771.M6 N67 2000)

Northstar Corridor-West Extension Commuter Rail Feasibility Study: St. Cloud to the City of St. Joseph. Minneapolis: BRW Inc., 2000. (HE2771.M6 N672 2000)

Northstar Corridor Project: Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Section 4(f)/6(f) Evaluation. St. Paul: Minnesota Dept. of Transportation, 2000. (TD194.56.M6 N67 2000)

Northstar Corridor Environmental Impact Statement: Scoping Summary Report. Minn.: BRW, 1999. (HE213.M6 N662 1999)

Northstar Corridor Project Scoping. Anoka, Minn.: Northstar Corridor Development Authority, 1999. (HE213.M6 N66 1999)

Northstar Corridor Development Authority, Anoka, Minnesota, For the Year Ended December 31, ...: Management and Compliance Report. St. Paul: Office of the State Auditor, Audit Practice Division, State of Minnesota. (HE2271.M6 N674)

Northstar Corridor Development Authority: Financial Report year Ended December 31, ... . Anoka, Minn.: Finance and Central Services Division, Anoka County. (HE2771.M6 N66)

Northern Lights Express (proposed)

Project Description from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Tier 2 Project Level Environmental Assessment: Northern Lights Express Passenger Rail Project from Minneapolis to Duluth, Minnesota. St. Paul: Minnesota Department of Transportation. 2017. (TF573 .T54 2017)

Findings of Fact and Conclusions: Northern Lights Express Passenger Rail Project from Minneapolis to Duluth, Minnesota. St. Paul: Minnesota Department of Transportation. 2018.

Bus Rapid Transit Lines

A Line BRT

Began service on June 11, 2016

Project Library documents from the Metropolitan Council.

B Line BRT (proposed)

Currently on hold while Ramsey County studies transit in the Riverview Corridor, the proposed area for the B Line BRT.

Project description from the Metropolitan Council

C Line BRT (2019 planned opening)

Project description from the Metropolitan Council.

Final C Line Station Plan St. Paul: Metropolitan Council, 2016.

D Line BRT (2020 or 2021 construction planned to begin)

Project description from the Metropolitan Council.

Final D Line Station Plan St. Paul: Metropolitan Council, 2018.

E Line BRT (proposed)

Currently on hold while Metro Transit studies the Route 6 corridor, the proposed area for the E Line BRT. Following the corridor study, E Line station planning will begin in 2019.

Project description from the Metropolitan Council.

Orange Line BRT (2020 planned opening)

Project description from the Metropolitan Council.

35W Bus Rapid Transit Study: Lakeville, Burnsville, Bloomington, Richfield, and Minneapolis: Final Report. Minneapolis: URS, 2005. (HE4491.T92 T45 2005)

Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit: Project Plan Update. Minneapolis: Metro Transit, 2014. (HE310.T85 O73 2014)

Red Line BRT

Began service on June 22, 2013

Red Line Facts from the Metropolitan Council.

Cedar Avenue Corridor Transitway Study: Final Report. Washington, D.C.: Parsons Transportation Group, 2001. (HE4487.M6 C43 2001)

Cedar Avenue Corridor Transitway: Alternatives Analysis and Final Report. Minnesota: URS, 2004. (HE4487.M6 C44 2004)

Gold Line BRT/Gateway Corridor (2024 planned opening)

Project description from the Metropolitan Council.

Gateway Gold Line Bus Rapid Transit: A Closer Look at Health and Land Use - Technical Report. Minnesota: Washington County and Ramsey County, 2016. (HE310.T85 G38 2016)

Additional Proposed LRT/BRT Lines

Dan Patch Corridor

Dan Patch Corridor Commuter Rail Feasibility Study. Minnesota: Dakota County Regional Railroad Authority, 2001. (HE2771 .M6 D36 2001)

Midtown Corridor

Midtown Corridor Alternatives Analysis Final Report. Minneapolis: Metro Transit, 2014. (HE310.T85 M538 2014)

Minneapolis Northeast Corridor

Northeast Corridor Light Rail Transit Final Environmental Impact Statement. Minneapolis: Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority; Anoka, Minn.: Anoka County Regional Railroad Authority, 1992. (HE4491.T95 N68 1992)

Northeast Corridor Light Rail Transit System Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Anoka, Minn.: Anoka County Regional Railroad Authority; Minneapolis: Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority, 1991. (HE4491.T95 N67 1991)

Draft Northeast Corridor Light Rail Transit Alignment Study. St. Paul: Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority, 1991. (HE4491.T92 D77 1991)

Anoka County/Hennepin County Northeast Corridor Light Rail Transit: Draft Scoping Decision Document. Minneapolis: Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority, 1990. (HE4491.T95 A56 1990)

Anoka County/Hennepin County Northeast Corridor Light Rail Transit: Scoping Decision Document. Minneapolis: Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority, 1990. (HE4491.T95 A56 1990ax)

Preliminary Screening Of Northeast Corridor LRT Alignments. Minneapolis: BRW Inc., 1988. (HE4491.M62 P74 1988)

Overview Of The Northeast Corridor Study. Minn.: Anoka County/Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authorities, 1988. (HE4491.M62 O94 1988)

Minneapolis Northwest Corridor

Technical Memorandum, Preliminary Design of the Northwest LRT Corridor in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Minneapolis: BRW, Inc., 1989. (HE4491.M62 T43 1989)

Minneapolis South Corridor

Riverview Corridor

Riverview Corridor Major Investment Study: Draft Report. St. Paul: Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority, 2000. (HE4491.T95 R58 2000)

Phase 1 Riverview Corridor Study. Minn.: Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority, 1998. (HE4491.T95 P52 1998)

St. Paul Northeast Corridor

St. Paul Northwest Corridor

St. Paul South Corridor

Dakota County, Ramsey County St. Paul South Light Rail Transit Corridor: Scoping Decision Document. St. Paul: Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority, 1991. (HE4491.T92 D35 1991)

Significant Books and Reports

(See also PROPOSED AND EXISTING CORRIDORS for additional reports.)

About Community, Not a Commute: Investing Beyond the Rail. St. Paul: Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, 2016. (HE4491.T95 A26 2016)

Alexander, Lee, University of Minnesota. Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute., & University of Minnesota. Department of Mechanical Engineering. Bus Rapid Transit Technologies. Minneapolis: Springfield, Va.: University of Minnesota, Center for Transportation Studies, 2003. (TE228.3 .B88 2003 v. 1, 2)

Arterial Transitway Corridors Study. Minneapolis: Metropolitan Council, 2012. (HE310.T85 A78 2012)

Burress, Matt. Transit Systems in Minnesota. St. Paul, MN: Research Dept., Minnesota House of Representatives, 2014. (KF3941 .C34 1999)

Commuter Rail System Plan: Moving Minnesota, Part of the Moving Minnesota Strategy. St. Paul: Minnesota Department of Transportation, 2000. (HE2781.T9 T952 2000)

Diers, John W. Twin Cities by Trolley: The Streetcar Era in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007. (TF725.M6 D54 2007)

Economic Development Potential Around Proposed Central Corridor LRT Stations. St. Paul: Metropolitan Council, 1995. (HE4491.M62 E36 1995)

Executive Summary for the Draft Metro Transit Bus Service Improvement Plan. Minneapolis: Metro Transit, 2014.

Getting From Here to There: Funding Transit in the Region. St. Paul: Citizens League, 2017. (HE4491.T92 G48 2017)

Hiawatha Corridor Light Rail Fact Book. Roseville, Minn.: Minnesota Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Division, Office of Rail Transit; St. Paul: Metropolitan Council, 2000. (HE4491.T92 H53 2000)

Hiawatha Light Rail Corridor Financial Report to the Minnesota Legislature. St. Paul: Metropolitan Council, 2000. (HE4491.T92 H54 2000) (Required by Laws of Minnesota 1999, chapter 240, article 1, section 9)

Highway Transitway Corridor Study. St. Paul: Metropolitan Council, 2014. (HE310.T85 H58 2014)

Light Rail Transit: The Regional Transit Board's Proposal to the 1991 Minnesota Legislature. Prepared by Transit Task Force, Community Information Committee. Minneapolis: Citizens League, 1991. (HE4491.T92 L54 1991)

Light Rail Transit Feasibility in the Hiawatha Avenue Corridor. Prepared by Bather-Ringrose-Wolsfeld-Jarvis-Gardner, Inc. St. Paul: Metropolitan Council, 1981. (HE4491.T95 L53x) (Required by Laws of Minnesota 1980, chapter 607, article 13, section 3)

Light Rail Transit Feasibility Study: Final Report. Prepared by Sanders and Thomas, Inc. in association with Midwest Research Institute, COMSIS Corporation. St. Paul: Metropolitan Council, 1981. (HE4491.T95 L54x) (Required by Laws of Minnesota 1980, chapter 607, article 13, section 3) (Report includes a technical supplement and a summary.)

Major Constituency Positions on Light Rail Transit and Tunnel Alignment Hub in Downtown Minneapolis: Testimony Prepared for Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson. S.l.: s.n., 1995. (HE4491.M62 M35 1995)

Schmidt, Andrew J. Minnesota Statewide Historic Railroads Study Project Report - Final. St. Paul: Minnesota Dept. of Transportation, 2007. (HE2771.M6 S352 2007)

Schmidt, Andrew J. Railroads in Minnesota, 1862-1956. Minnesota, 2007?. (HE2771.M6 S35 2007)

Shaping Our Future: The Facts About Light Rail Transit. St. Paul: Regional Transit Board, 1991. (HE4491.T92 S53 1991)

Twin Cities Metropolitan Commuter Rail Study: Phase I Summary Report. Seattle: Parsons Brinckerhoff, 1998. (HE2781.T9 T95 1998) (Required by Laws of Minnesota 1997, chapter 159, article 2, section 51) (Report includes an Executive Summary, Appendix A: Rail Corridor Assessment Report, Appendix B: Environmental and Land Use Summary Report, and Appendix C: Institutional Issues Summary Report.)

Significant Articles

(articles in reverse chronological order)

Choi, Jiwon and Briana Bierschbach. "More than a decade in the making, officials break ground on Southwest light rail." Minnesota Public Radio, November 29, 2018.

Chanen, David and Rochelle Olson. "Orange Line bus rapid transit awarded $74 million from federal government. The federal financial boost caps the resuscitation of the line between Minneapolis and Burnsville." Star Tribune, November 28, 2018.

Callaghan, Peter. "Are GOP lawmakers at the Legislature 'focusing on roads and bridges' or waging a 'war on transit'?" MinnPost, May 16, 2018.

Callaghan, Peter. "'It's a big deal': C Line to bring bus rapid transit to popular north Minneapolis route" MinnPost, March 19, 2018.

Otárola, Miguel. "Edina Investigates Possible Dan Patch Commuter Rail Service." Star Tribune, July 20, 2017. 

Tricky, Erick. "The Train Line that Brought the Twin Cities Back Together." Politico, March 16, 2017.

Bitters, Janice. "2017 Guide to Twin Cities Transit Projects." Finance & Commerce, January 3, 2017.

Callaghan, Peter. "Parallel tracks: Can the Twin Cities build two light rail projects at once?" MinnPost, October 6, 2016.

Dornfeld, Steven. "The Twin Cities Transit System is Seriously Off Track." MinnPost, September 26, 2016.

Moore, Janet. "St. Paul's Riverview Corridor Could Be Next Stop for Light Rail." Star Tribune, March 7, 2016.

Moore, Janet. "Transit Officials Quietly Planning Fourth Twin Cities Light-Rail Line, Despite SWLRT Controversy." Star Tribune, September 12, 2015.

Callaghan, Peter. "Expect $1 Billion Price Tag for Bottineau LRT to Go Up, Says Project Director." MinnPost, July 28, 2015.

O'Toole, Randall and Michelangelo Landgrave. "Rails and Reauthorization: The Inequity of Federal Transit Funding." Policy Analysis, No. 772, April 21, 2015.

Hargreaves, Steve and Dominic V Aratari. "How the Twin Cities got transit right." CNN Money, October, 2014.

Lindeke, Bill. "As Met Council Changes Transit Priorities, Suburbs Say: Not So Fast." MinnPost, October 3, 2014.

O'Toole, Randall. "Rapid Bus: A Low-Cost, High-Capacity Transit System for Major Urban Areas." Policy Analysis, No. 752, July 30, 2014.

Markle, David. "Strangulation on the Green Line." Streets.mn, July 7, 2014.

Gilyard, Burl. "Digging Into The Claims About Green Line LRT Development." Twin Cities Business, July, 2014.

Walsh, James. "Green Line Averages More Than 27,000 Riders in First Week." Star Tribune, June 26, 2014.

Walsh, Jim. "Making Green Line History: 'This is Really Smooth, Really User-Friendly'." MinnPost, June 16, 2014.

Mianulli, Kyle. "Beyond the Rails: Mapping the Development, Cultural and Community Impact of the New Green Line." MinnPost, June 13, 2014.

Palazzolo, Alan. "Who Lives on the Green Line?" MinnPost, June 12, 2014.

Kimball, Joe. "A Timeline of the Green Line." MinnPost, June 11, 2014.

O'Toole, Randal. "The Worst of Both: The Rise of High-Cost, Low-Capacity Rail Transit." Policy Analysis, No. 750. June 3, 2014.

"Metro Transit Heading Into Final Month of Green Line Testing" (Includes comparison chart of Green and Blue Lines). MPR News, May 6, 2014.

Featherly, Kevin. "Hearings to Address Bottineau LRT Impact Statement." Politics in Minnesota, April 9, 2014.

Kersten, Katherine. "There Is No Renaissance in U.S. Public-transit Use." MinnPost, April 9, 2014.

"Let the Trains Begin." (A Star Tribune Rider's Guide) Star Tribune, June 23, 2004. (Vertical File M50.15A)

Stassen-Berger, Rachel E. "Light Rail Nears Crucial Crossing." (Includes: "Roundup of Light-Rail Lawsuits".) St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 2, 2001.

"Rail Planners Vow to Keep Lid on Costs, But Some Observers Foresee Overruns." (Five Part Series on the Hiawatha Line: Light Rail on Track) Star Tribune, January 17, 2001.

Blake, Laurie. "Improve Transportation? Most Say Go For It - Poll Respondents From Outstate Minnesota and the Twin Cities Area Voiced Similar Levels of Support for Spending to Improve Roads and Transit" (Minnesota Poll) Star Tribune, March 12, 2000.

Blake, Laurie. "Crunch Time for Light Rail: Minnesota's Window of Opportunity to Snag Federal Money is Closing, But Not All Legislators Think the Price is Worth It." Star Tribune, May 2, 1999.

Blake, Laurie. "Public Still Favors State Aid for Light Rail." (Minnesota Poll) Star Tribune, May 2, 1999.

Stassen-Berger, Rachel E. "Twin Cities Light Rail Feels Closer to Reality." St. Paul Pioneer Press, October 25, 1998.

Dornfield, Steven. "LRT: Back to the Future?" (Five Part Series) St. Paul Pioneer Press, February 26-March 3, 1995.

Additional Library Resources

For historical information, check the following codes in the Newspaper Clipping File and the Vertical File:
M50.15A (Metropolitan Transit - Light Rail Transit)

For additional reports at the Legislative Reference Library, use these Library catalog searches:
Light Rail (Minnesota);

Groups Involved with Light Rail & Commuter Transit