Southwest light rail

Met Council seeks to slash price of $2-billion light rail project

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The Southwest Light Rail Transit project’s charge toward $2 billion has local policymakers twirling their budget lassos.

When it meets again May 20, the Met Council is expected to review a list of ideas for reining-in project costs. The sticker shock was widespread when the agency’s latest analysis of the light-rail project, released in April, revealed the price tag had grown $341 million from the previous estimate of $1.65 billion, a 20-percent increase.

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