As for light rail in the Central Corridor, it is rolling along. MPR reports that the Met Council has approved the LRT plan. As the plan is rather expensive (coming in at just under a cool billion), Council Chair Peter Bell is looking to cut some costs.
One idea is to shorten the line in downtown St. Paul, but that would prevent it from reaching its current endpoint, the Union Depot. Another is limiting the landscaping along University Ave., and a third option would eliminate a tunnel that would go under the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus.
November could prove an important election for transit - though it may not directly affect this project.
State voters could also play a role in the project's fate. The November 2006 ballot will ask Minnesotans to approve a constitutional amendment designating the state's motor vehicle sales tax to be spent only on transportation. The measure would raise tens of millions of dollars annually, with 40 percent dedicated to transit.
These may be baby steps. but they accumulate.