U Regent Chairman talks light-rail

by Taryn Wobbema

The University of Minnesota has yet to settle its issues with the Metropolitan Council concerning the Central Corridor light-rail line. In September, the University filed a lawsuit against the Met Council because it said building the line — planned to run through campus by way of Washington Avenue — would interfere with research facilities.

Months of discussions have yielded no real progress.

At Friday’s Board of Regents meeting, Chairman Clyde Allen dedicated his monthly address to the issue. The University isn’t as concerned with the deadlines of the Met Council as it is with ensuring the line meets performance expectations.

We are not at the point of getting an agreement simply to get it done on a very tight schedule,” Allen said. "Once it’s built, it will be with us for 50 to 100 years. So it must be done right."