There’s already a scandal of sorts surrounding the Super Bowl, which doesn’t even happen until February. Minneapolis’ Metro Transit union workers voted Monday to strike during the big game, which could cause a logistical nightmare if a contract deal isn’t reached before then.
The timing is extra bad (not a real term but I’m going to use it here) as the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee earlier this week launched a “Know Before You Go” campaign about the most efficient ways to get to the game. With one million people expected to visit the area for the Superbowl, Metro is expanding schedules on key routes. That’s the good news. The bad news is that only those holding a Gameday Pass and an official Super Bowl ticket will be allowed to ride the light rail on game day.
That means those just trying to get around to other events, grocery stores, etc. will be out of luck. So, to do the math, a light rail ride on February 4, 2018 will cost you about $2,500, the low-end average cost of a ticket to the Super Bowl.
This has a lot of Minneapolis residents angry as lightrail is their main method of transportation. In the end, it may not matter though if transit workers are still on strike anyway.