Choo Choo Bob explains the Southwest light-rail dilemma


Confused about the disputes over the Southwest light rail?

For the last year the Metropolitan Council has been looking for different ways to appease people who live around where the Green Line extension from downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie will be built. But everything the planners propose seems to make someone upset.

So what are people arguing about? MPR News and the Choo Choo Bob Show (a children's TV program about trains) teamed up to explain what all the fuss is about:

Disputes over where to put the light rail could delay the opening, which was originally set for the end of 2018, by a year or more and add millions of dollars to the cost of the already expensive project.

The Corridor Management Committee is poised to make a recommendation next week on whether to hide the light-rail line in tunnels alongside freight trains in the Kenliworth corridor of Minneapolis or reroute the freight trains through St. Louis Park – there is little support outside of Minneapolis to reroute the freight line, while Minneapolis officials have opposed one tunnel plan and have doubts about other tunnel options.

The Choo Choo Bob Show airs Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. on KSTC. In October 2005, Choo Choo Bob's Train Store opened in St. Paul.

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