What the Met Council Sees
Dakota and Scott Counties are fucking pissed at the Metropolitan Council because funding for alleviating traffic woes in the South Metro is going to other areas first and leaving us, more or less, up the Minnesota River without a paddle.
There are some serious traffic problems in the South Metro that the Met Council feels can be lifted with such fantastic wastes of time, space, money, and energy as Bus Rapid Transit which the Cedar Corridor will be outfitted with in the coming months and the ever so fucking stupid toll lanes on I-35W.
Now, I understand that a limited amount of money needs to fund various projects around the metro. Believe me, I’m realistic. My beef lies solely with the choices that the Met Council is forcing upon South Metro cities. I’m sorry, but I don’t believe that forcing a business out of town and then putting up a mostly empty parking lot while planning on building more parking lots next to bus stops which terminate at the Mall of America is a good idea. And, if you happen to read the article above, please note that at the time people were still riding the bus to work because gas prices were high. Now that they are hovering around $1.94/gallon, the buses I take are usually half-empty. Nice.
Plenty of people, including the Apple Valley City Council aren’t too sure that the proposed transit changes will work. I’m really wondering how they feel that dumping people off at the Mall of America to ride packed trains downtown will somehow fix the traffic woes of the Cedar Corridor for the next 5 to 10 (and possibly 20) years. I’m sure that the I-35W toll lanes will be a huge hit, just like the current HOV lanes are — nothing like a near empty lane next to you while you sit idle in traffic crossing another possibly weakened structure crossing a river.
Do you believe that the South Metro is getting the shaft or do you believe that the money is being appropriated fairly? Should the plans being proposed for BRT and toll lanes in Dakota County be rethought to make better use of the funding available? Perhaps you have some other completely different ideas… Personally, I believe that Scott County’s Bob Vogel says it best when he simply stated that this entire mess is, “absolute stupidity.” What do you think?