Open House Held in Mpls. to Discuss Streetcars

Updated: 12/26/2013 9:17 PM KSTP.com By: Scott Theisen

An open house was held Tuesday night to talk about streetcars running from northeast Minneapolis to south Minneapolis.

The route would run along Central from 41st Avenue to the river and then down Nicollet to 46th Street.

It would include up to 39 stops.

People got to see pictures and maps of design options. Plus, they reviewed options for the preferred mode of transportation.

That includes enhanced bus and modern streetcar. The options would replace current bus routes. Plus, they will travel faster with fewer stops and carry more passengers.

Modern streetcars cost $30-60 million per mile to build. Compare that to light rail which costs $80-125 million per mile.