|Approved by the:
||SSCC on behalf of the Student Senate Febraury 25, 2008
Administration - no action required
Board of Regents - no action required
Resolution on Light Rail through the University
As it has become necessary to trim the overall cost of the Central Corridor Light Rail budget, the tunnel under Washington Avenue for the Central Corridor has been deemed too expensive to include in the final proposal.
The remaining options include 1) at-grade light rail on Washington Avenue sharing the roadway with vehicular and pedestrian traffic, 2) at-grade light rail on Washington Avenue with the roadway being recreated as a pedestrian plaza, or 3) a Northern alignment utilizing the current railroad infrastructure.
The Student Senate Consultative Committee has discussed the three possible options with the following outcome:
- Option 1 should not be considered due to the safety concerns associated with merging light rail, vehicular traffic, and pedestrians in a limited amount of space
- Option 2 should not be considered due to the impact on the surrounding areas when traffic from Washington Avenue is funneled onto side streets
- Option 3 should be considered as it does not have the same safety concerns or remove vehicular traffic from a main campus artery
Therefore, the Student Senate Consultative Committee on behalf of the Twin Cities Student Delegation feels that if a tunnel cannot be built, then the next best option is the Northern alignment.
RONALD MILLER, CHAIR