KSTP/SurveyUSA: Light Rail Remains Unpopular

Updated: 06/13/2014 6:45 PM
Created: 06/13/2014 5:32 PM
By: Tom Hauser

Despite celebrations and speeches by dignitaries scheduled for Saturday's opening of the Twin Cities' newest light rail line, Minnesotans remain slow to embrace this mode of transportation. 

According to our KSTP/SurveyUSA poll, 51 percent of Minnesotans say it's not "worth the money." Another 40 percent say it is worth it and 10 percent aren't sure.

"This poll suggests that there's not a groundswell of support even now for light rail," said Larry Jacobs of the U of M Humphrey Institute.  He notes that light rail has been a tough sell from the start. 

But Metro Transit's Deputy General Manager, Mark Furhmann, is confident it will continue to gain acceptance. "What we're creating here is a 21st century transit system," he said Friday.  "And with the introduction of the Green Line tomorrow we're doubling our metro light rail capacity."

Still, our poll suggests the Green Line will be used by very few people in the Twin Cities, at least initially. In our poll, 65 percent of Twin Cities residents surveyed said they'll "almost never" use it.  Another 28 percent say they'll use it occasionally. Only six percent say they'll use it regularly.

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