The Green Line light rail
has finally connected St. Paul and Minneapolis as the Twin Cities. Now that this project is completed, focus has turned to spreading the connection out into the southern communities. The Southwest Light Rail plan
would extend the line from downtown Minneapolis to St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie.
This expansion would mean 16 new stations and an extra 16 miles of track. The line would make connections with other public transit systems...!--more-->
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Light-rail operater navigates University Avenue - Photo by Michael Hicks[/caption]
The worst drivers of our great state are on the prowl in St. Paul. It's a proven fact! There's a convergence of confusing non-grid-like streets, funky intersections and poor winter-time plowing. The great Pigseye secret is that locals don't follow the suggestions of their own traffic signals. The Green Line is learning this the hard way.
In the first days of its public operation, the light-rail connecting...!--more-->
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A version of the plaza, with light-rail, facing toward the stadium[/caption]
The design for the new Viking's stadium calls for a large open plaza. It will include a transit station for the light-rail, a wonderfully glassy entrance to the venue itself and a not so glassy view of the (also newly constructed) Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center (which will be directly across from the doors). Yet a large question mark remains: what will this plaza be called?
The proposed "Downtown East Plaza" isn't very catchy...!--more-->
Did you know Minneapolis and St. Paul came into existence and grew up largely independent of each other? They are truly twins, born because of the same Mississippi River but for different reasons (St. Paul for river trade and Minneapolis for water-powered mills). This is one of the reasons why the two cities have such distinctly different cultures. Their two downtowns just happen to be a short drive apart; but soon they will be bound by light-rail as well.
The power of the light-rail had lost its appeal for a short while, but in the recession it has proven itself...!--more-->