Statement: Metropolitan Council May Fall Short on Opportunity for Racial Equity in Southwest Light Rail Project

St. Paul, MN – The Met Council and the City of Minneapolis announced this week they have reached a deal on the Southwest Light Rail project. With continued promises by the Metropolitan Council to address persistent racial and economic disparities across our region, ISAIAH released the following statement:

“ISAIAH believes we must work together to create prosperity, health and wholeness for all people. Every public decision must reflect our highest values and aspirations. They ought to unite rather than divide our communities and they ought to foster prosperity for all rather than a few.

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Transit equity means more than light rail | Star Tribune Commentary – 4/11/14

Article by: Dan McGrath and Paul Slack
April 11, 2014 – 6:53 PM

The debate surrounding Southwest light-rail transit (SWLRT) shouldn’t be confined to rerouting freight rail and shallow tunnels.  Wouldn’t we be better served by figuring out how light rail can be a catalyst for equitable transit across the 16-mile corridor? A discussion like that would help cork the fight over rail alignment and transform it into one that is far more constructive and economically beneficial for the region — and most notably for Minneapolis.

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

Transit Press Conf 4 8 14

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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