Updated: 10/16/2013 6:49 PM
Created: 10/16/2013 6:06 PM KSTP.com
By: Josh Rosenthal
The $1.5 billion Southwest Light Rail Project is now officially delayed. The Metropolitan Council was supposed to vote on it during a meeting Wednesday. Instead, there won't be a final plan for the project for at least a couple of months.
Metropolitan Council Chair Sue Haigh addressed the delay in a special meeting. She said additional time is needed to study whether they missed anything previously, and to see if there's another viable location. That drew some fiery responses from a few council members and concerned citizens.
Council member Steve Elkins said, "I think this is just going to be a huge setback, and it's a real, you know, slap in the face to every community that has participated in the process."
Added Jami LaPray, co-chair of the group Safety in the Park, "I don't know how much more passionate you need to see public opinion, but please let me know because I know. I can show you."
Transit for Local Communities Representative Dave Van Hattum said, "I think a second study merits, is warranted, but I also think we simply can't afford further delays that can be prevented."
The delay is expected to last 60 to 90 days. Haigh said its tough to be more specific than that because of the uncertainty surrounding the new study.