Community Leaders, Transit Riders Call On Met Council, Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis to Make SWLRT More Equitable

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Minneapolis, MN (April 8, 2014) – Local organizations, community leaders, and transit riders gathered Tuesday morning in North Minneapolis, calling on the Met Council, City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County to negotiate to maximize Southwest Light Rail’s ability to deliver on economic opportunity for residents along the corridor. Speakers said the SWLRT has the potential to expand equity and economic opportunity not only in Minneapolis, but throughout the region, if guarantees can be effectively negotiated.

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Southwest light rail, for the sake of the North Side | Star Tribune Commentary – 10/21/13

Article by: PAUL SLACK

Updated: October 21, 2013 – 6:55 PM

The benefit of racial and economic equity is getting lost in the debate.

Last week, some of the state’s top leaders agreed to postpone a key decision on a light-rail line that would link the southwest metro area to north Minneapolis. The announcement came after several weeks of high-profile protests staged by residents of St. Louis Park and those in Minneapolis who live near the chain of lakes.

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Key Legislators and Faith Leaders Gather for Hearing on Equitable Transit in Greater Minnesota

Rep. Frank Hornstein joins St. Cloud area residents for a hearing on the future of transit in Greater Minnesota.

On Friday, April 5, Rep. Frank Hornstein, Chair of the Minnesota House Transportation Finance Committee and St. Cloud area Rep. Zach Dorholt met with 35 GRIP/ISAIAH clergy and faith leaders along with other community members for a public hearing at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud. The group discussed working together to build a robust public transportation system that promotes equity and helps to create a more vibrant region.

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Transit: The Backbone that Provides Essential Support to Members of our Community

ISAIAH leader Sarah Mullins, under former Governor Carlson's watchful eye, getting ready to speak out for transit.

During this legislative session, ISAIAH is supporting a $300 million increase in metro transit funding and a $32 million increase for transit in Greater Minnesota. Stable funding for transit operations also is a high priority.  This post includes several ISAIAH leader transit stories, as well as excerpts from testimony in support of increased transit funding to help create an equitable Minnesota and presented to both the Minnesota House and Senate Transportation Committees by Sarah Mullins an ISAIAH leader.

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Video: Investing in Communities, Transforming Lives: The Minneapolis-St. Paul Light Rail Project

Community-based organizations in Minnesota played a major role in improving access to healthy options for low-income communities in St. Paul.

In this Robert Wood Johnson Foundation video, watch how the addition of three stops will accomplish this in the construction of the Light Rail Project that will connect Minneapolis to St. Paul starting in 2014.

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