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March 16, 2023

Audit blasts cost overruns on Minnesota light rail project

Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Metropolitan Council put itself on the hook for huge cost overruns on the Southwest Light Rail Transit project even through it didn't have the money, and it failed to develop a contingency plan to find the funding, the Office of the Legislative Auditor said Wednesday.

In a sharply critical report, the nonpartisan auditor's office also said the regional governing agency has not been fully transparent about the snowballing costs and delays on the project.

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