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Minneapolis City Council Approves $1.6 Billion Light Rail

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minneapolis City Council has voted to approve municipal consent of a $1.6 billion light rail project.

The council voted 10-3 Friday in the last local approval needed for the Southwest Metro Transit light rail.

Some members were concerned about the route, the potential environmental impact and the lack of urban bus amenities.

Barb Johnson, Cam Gordon and Lisa Goodman voted against project.

Andrew Johnson, who voted in favor of the project, says he thinks the environmental impact would be minimal.

Jacob Frey says although the route is flawed, it would reinforce Minneapolis as the center of the region.

The proposed light rail would run from Eden Prairie to downtown Minneapolis. Half of the project is expected to be funded by the federal government.

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