Betsy Hodges

Community leaders endorse shallow tunnels for light rail

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A plan for Southwest Light Rail Transit that includes two shallow tunnels through Minneapolis’ Kenilworth Corridor won approval from a panel of local elected officials and agency representatives Wednesday.

The project’s Corridor Management Committee voted 11–2, with Mayor Betsy Hodges dissenting over what she termed a “fundamental failure of fairness” in the planning process. Hodges was joined by Anoka County Commissioner Matt Look, who primarily objected to the escalating cost of the metro area’s largest transit project, now projected at close to $1.7 billion.

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