Minnesota transportation officials outlined a
$2.5 billion draft bridge improvement plan that would replace 11 major highway and freeway spans over the next decade -- a top priority set by lawmakers after last year's Interstate 35W bridge
Advocates of the Central Corridor light rail line vented Tuesday over Gov. Tim Pawlenty's veto of state financing for the project and said it's up to him to keep the project from withering.
The recently-enacted transportation bill raises the gas tax for all Minnesotans, and it also includes a metro-area sales tax. State lawmakers gave metro area counties the power to raise a 0.25 percent sales tax to pay for transit projects.
One of the tax increases in the transportation bill vetoed by Gov. Pawlenty is an optional one-quarter percent sales tax for Twin Cities transit. Advocates say the money would supply a long needed, dedicated source of transit funding for the metro area.