In hopes to ease traffic and increase pedestrian friendly transportation methods, the Metropolitan Council in St. Paul, Minnesota recently approved a $1.5 billion, 13-mile extension to the light-rail line, which connects downtown to the northern suburbs. The Metropolitan Council serves the seven-county metropolitan area around the Twin Cities as a policy-making body, planning agency, and provider of essential services. 

The project costs for the light-rail extension have increased roughly 50% since it began, largely due to the road, rail, and pedestrian bridges needed to keep traffic flowing smoothly. 

The project proposal is now awaiting approval by March 4 from Minneapolis and its northwest suburbs of Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal and Brooklyn Park, as well as the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners and Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority.

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