The local Star Tribune had a great article about the growing cooperation between Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak and newly elected St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. To read the article click here.
Both Mayors support the Central Corridor and I think both prefer the Light Rail alternatives. Hopefully, with the combined cooperation between the two cities, the Mayors could use their combined political clout to put pressure on the Governor and the Minnesota Legislature in drafting a dedicated source of funding for our mass transit projects and potentially have the proposed network fully developed by 2020.
In addition to this new investment in Infrastructure, I hope the region can also pass new design guidelines in the local zoning codes to ensure use of Transit Oriented Development or New Urbanism designs in transit corridors of both Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Let’s hope it happens an the cooperation between the two cities continues…