Green Line Excitement doesn't Extend to Everyone

Updated: 06/14/2014 6:51 PM
Created: 06/14/2014 4:08 PM
By: Todd Wilson

The METRO Green Line opened for the first time Saturday, but not everyone was celebrating.

A group of protestors opposes light rail all together and took to protesting near the tracks, despite Saturday's early morning rain.

Steve Ellenwood said future generations would feel the ramifications of the Green Line, along with the light rail as a whole.

"We are against it because of the financial commitment that is going to be left to our children, grandchildren and generations to come," Ellenwood said.

He's not alone in his unease. Residents around the state remain slow to go down the line of accepting light rail.

According to our KSTP/Survey USA Poll, 51 percent of Minnesotans say it's not worth the money and 10 percent aren't sure. The poll also showed 65 percent of Twin Cities residents said they’d "Almost never" use it, with 28 percent saying they'll ride it occasionally.

Only six percent say they'll use it regularly, the poll showed.

Besides the financial complications, other complaints about the line between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul include its carbon footprint, overcrowding and safety.

The group picketing Saturday says they are trying to raise awareness and want people to start asking questions about the legitimacy and expansion of light rail.

The group says they will also protest the extension of the Green Line Southwest and the Blue Line extension heading towards Golden Valley. 

Photo: KSTP/File

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