Signs of Progress Series: Met Council Chair Sue Haigh

The new vitality that’s developing along the Central Corridor comes from something more than the fresh concrete and shiny steel of the Green Line. Communities are transforming themselves — by learning together, coordinating across boundaries and working for impacts that benefit everyone. 
At the Annual Stakeholder event in April, seven representatives of these efforts talked to other community stakeholders about the process and impact of the changes we see unfolding across the corridor. This is the first in a series of blogs featuring these signs of opportunity. Watch a short video clip of remarks by Metropolitan Council Chair, Sue Haigh, and see below for a summary of her remarks. 
Chair Haigh began with the news that construction on the Central Corridor LRT is 92% complete. She presented several “before and after” photos of intersections showing dramatic change over the past year. She highlighted that: 
Our approach is becoming a national standard for new transit projects since the FTA released its new funding guidelines for new starts and small starts transit projects.
There has now been $1.6 billion in building permits issued along the LRT line.
Habitat for Humanity is celebrating the groundbreaking of a new building at Prior and University on the Green Line.
This work is all about how we connect with each other, how we find growth and opportunity for all people and how we’ve learned from each other throughout this process. 
The Met Council is looking forward to applying all the knowledge gathering during the construction of the Central Corridor Green Line to future transit corridors, including the Southwest LRT.  
Watch for upcoming posts featuring more highlights from the event.