Metro Transit Looking to Add a Line on Lake Street or Midtown Greenway

Posted at: 01/27/2013 8:43 PM
Updated at: 01/27/2013 10:36 PM
By: Todd Wilson

Lynda Bittner is waiting on the 21 bus at the intersection of Lake and Lyndale in Minneapolis. 
 "Everyday of my life cause I live right off of Lake Street and 31st," Bittner said.

 Bittner says, it's a good bus line because it is convenient and on time.     

 According to Metro Transit between 16 to 22 thousand vehicles that travel up and down Lake Street each day. And Bittner is one of over ten thousand transit riders each day.

 Right now Metro Transit is in the early stages of a study. the report will figure out the benefits, costs and impact of building light rail, streetcar or bus rapid transit.

 John Sigvalend of Metro Transit says, the line would run along either the Midtown Greenway or Lake Street in South Minneapolis.

 "It's looking ahead to how do we enhance the transit options in the corridor," Sigvalend said.

 If the train ran on lake street it would start at the Midtown Station on Lake and Hiawatha. The line would run 4 1/2 miles and connect to the proposed Southwest line. 
Bittner says, she loves the idea. But her main concern with the lake street line is the local businesses being hurt.

"I mean how many businesses will go out because they can't get to their business."