Posts Tagged ‘light rail’

Can’t get a car loan? There’s always the bus…or is there?

I’m a big advocate of public transit, so I was quite dismayed when I heard on MPR this morning that Metro Transit is looking at an 80 to 90 million dollar deficit over the next several years. Metro Transit’s funding is ironically tied to new vehicle sales, so the more cars people buy, the more money…the…bus…system…gets? Right. Makes…sense? Anyway, since people can’t get financing to buy cars, since gas prices were high, since everyone is feeling a pinch, people aren’t buying cars, and they’re riding the bus instead. So ridership is up! Great! But now funding is down! The options currently seem to be either get new funding from the legislature (unlikely), cut service and raise fares yet again (even odds). Any bets on how long this will delay the University light rail corridor?

Met Council Seeking Artists for Central Corridor Light Rail Line Public Art Projects

I’m not sure if this announcement is posted somewhere officially. I got it through a mailing list.

The Metropolitan Council is seeking up to five artists with expertise in creating integrated, outdoor public art for the design, fabrication and installation of art along the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line linking St. Paul and Minneapolis. Artists must have experience in engaging the community, have knowledge of the community and explain how their work will be inclusive of and responsive to local culture and identity. Artists will develop a plan for how they will engage the community in the art process for each station. The station art budget is $3.7 million. The deadline for artists to submit their qualifications is 2 p.m. July 8.

[Request for Qualifications for artists]

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