I'm asking the $1.5 billion question. I have no doubt that there are many who live in EP with one commuter heading downtown (or somewhere within vicinity) and another family member working in the SW suburbs. The question is why we're subsidizing their choice to live out there with continued freeway expansions and unproductive LRT segments when we could allow people to live closer in and choose to reverse commute out for the second job (if said company would have located there in the first place).See above. You're being pretty judgmental here.
I'm asking why we're continuing the pattern of development that we have for the last 60 years, just in a slightly more sustainable and equitable way. Car -> free parking garage -> LRT downtown is better than car -> downtown but not by wide margins. Asking people from North Minneapolis to take a bus (or streetcar or LRT) to a station (VW, Royalston, Interchange, whatever), then take a 30-40 minute LRT ride out to EP, then get out and walk (unlikely) or wait for a circulator shuttle just to get to work is a little more equitable than what they have now, but not by much. We're not changing the patterns that have wreaked environmental havoc and segregated people from jobs (unless they can spend $6k + per year to own a car), we're just making it slightly better.