Equitable transit

I was glad to read your article on transit, “Changing the way we get around” (March 19 issue, page A6). It is important for us to think about the safety and prosperity of others and in this case the plan can protect the lives of bikers and bus commuters. The article talks about extending public transportation such as light-rail and rapid-transit buses to more suburban neighborhoods.

I disagree with decisions made in the past and worry that the Transportation Action Plan (TAP) will disappoint me and my communities once again. The Met Council finished constructing the light-rail Green Line in 2014, and it cost nearly $1 billion for a line benefitting public transit commuters coming to the city over many of the people who live in the city. The Blue Line starts at Mall of America and ends at the Twins stadium in Downtown Minneapolis.

Minneapolis’ Transportation Action Plan talks about increasing the amount of people using public transportation to 60% but fails to talk about extending the light-rail through the Northside of Minneapolis.

We should be extending transportation networks into North Minneapolis instead of into Southwest neighborhoods and into the suburbs, where people have an average income far higher than that of people in North Minneapolis. The median income for each household in Southwest Minneapolis is around $78,000 and in North Minneapolis the median household income is about $43,000.

Northsiders need light-rail lines and buses more than Southwest neighborhoods, which are known for being much wealthier and whose residents make up a much smaller percentage of those using public transit to get to work.

I think it would be morally right to offer help to the person who needs it more to survive. Don’t you think?

Waralee Kantharak

Jordan