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At Issue: April 16 - Met Council Chairman on Proposed Mass Transit Cuts, Previewing the State Capitol Grand Re-opening

April 21, 2017 04:53 PM

Metropolitan Council Chairman Speaks Out Against Proposed Mass Transit Cuts

The Chair of the Metropolitan Council is voicing concerns about proposed cuts to light rail and mass transit funding in the Metro and across Greater Minnesota. Transportation budget bills in both the House and Senate provide almost no funding for mass transit and seek to strip future operational funding away from light rail.

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Speaking on "At Issue," Adam Duininck says it's "unfortunate" to see the House and Senate propose such drastic reductions in funding, despite a budget surplus of $1.65 billion. He says that may lead to fewer routes and increased fares. He argues lawmakers need to view roads, bridges and mass transit as a comprehensive linked system, and that cuts to one area could have a damaging effect on trying to provide effective transit options.

Duininck also discussed proposed rate increases to ride buses and light rail. The last time the Met Council increased fares was in 2008. Opponents of any transit rate increase say that would be a detriment to people who rely on public transit to get to work and/or school. The Met Council is gathering public input about the proposed rate increase through an online survey and from public meetings set to start in a few weeks. More information can be found on the Met Council's website

Previewing the Grand Reopening of the Minnesota State Capitol

For more than three years, we've watched as crews carefully restore the Minnesota State Capitol to its original splendor. The nearly $310 million project is the largest public building preservation project in state history. Minnesota is now getting ready to celebrate the completion of this project with a grand re-opening this summer.

Commissioner Matt Massman from the Department of Administration joined Tom Hauser on "At Issue" to discuss the completion of the State Capitol renovations and plans for the grand re-opening celebrations taking place August 11-13 at the State Capitol. 

More details about the Capitol Restoration Project can be found here

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