City Council panel approves Minneapolis streetcar proposal

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Streetcars along Nicollet and Central avenues in Minneapolis are one step closer to reality after the City Council's Transportation and Public Works committee voted in favor of the plan Tuesday.

The Star Tribune reports the 3.4-mile streetcar line, running from northeast to south Minneapolis, would cost about $200 million.

City leaders in favor of the proposal say streetcars will cut down in downtown congestion and increase property values along the route.

The plan beat out an enhanced bus option, which would have cost one-quarter of the streetcar project, KSTP reports.

Finance & Commerce said Minneapolis officials have not yet fully disclosed how the line would be funded.

The full City Council will vote on the plan next week.

The Star Tribune has more renderings.

FOX 9 looks at the history of streetcars in Minneapolis.
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