| Light Rail's Road
April 13, 1998: The Minnesota Legislature passed a bonding bill with $40 million for LRT along the Hiawatha Corridor.
April 22, 1998: Governor Arne Carlson signed the capital improvements bonding bill with $40 million for construction of the Hiawatha Corridor LRT line, from the Mall of America, to MSP International Airport, through the West Bank of the U of MN, into downtown Minneapolis.
May 1999: State legislators pass a bonding bill that includes $60 million for construction of the Hiawatha Corridor LRT line. State funding makes it possible for Minnesota to receive Federal matching funds for the project.
May 28, 1999 :
U.S. House Transportation Appropriations panel approved a bill including $46 million in funding for light rail and $26 million for improvements for Metro Transit.
25 July 1997: House Passes Transportation Bill With $52 million for rapid transit in Twin Cities.
September 1999: Minnesota transportation officials, including Governor Jesse Ventura, Transportation Commissioner Elwin Tinklenberg, and Met Council Chair Ted Mondale send the formal request for $274 million in federal matching funds for the Hiawatha Corridor LRT Line to Washington.
October 1999: U.S. Representative Martin Sabo announced that $43 million had been secured as part of the federal transportation funding package for the Hiawatha LRT line.
November 1999: Several legislators detail plans to rescind $60 million in funding already allocated to the Hiawatha Corridor LRT line.
February 7 2000:
President Clinton's 2000 budget includes $20 million for the Hiawatha LRT line, virtually assuring Federal matching funds for the project.
March 2000: Federal officials raise concerns about conflicts of interest in naming of project manager without a bidding process.
March 13 2000:
House leaders introduce legislation to kill light-rail funding.
March 22 2000: House passes transit bill and kills LRT funding.