Golden Valley City Council objects to proposed rail line

  • Article by: MARY JANE SMETANKA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 20, 2012 - 11:56 PM

County rail authority will vote next week on the preferred route.

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elmi0001Jun. 20, 12 9:24 PM

The line makes more sense through North Minneapolis. Glad to see some elected officials voting No to essentially support the line through their neighboring community.

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stoneageJun. 20, 1210:00 PM

It doesn't make sense to run the line down an existing corridor? I'm all for rail transit, but the Penn Avenue route is prohibitively expensive, development or not.

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twincitizen1Jun. 20, 1211:19 PM

No, it doesn't make sense to run it down a freight rail corridor where no one lives. Transit should serve dense neighborhoods of transit-dependent populations whenever possible. Golden Valley made the right choice for their city and for the region. Just because the GV freight route bypasses an urban area doesn't mean it would necessarily be 'cheap', it would still need to pass though wetlands and environmentally sensitive areas and that could get costly. Don't bypass North Minneapolis! North Minneapolis needs to be intricately connected with the rest of the region. The Penn-Broadway alignment also serves North Memorial Hospital, one of the largest employers along the line.

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MaxpayneJun. 20, 1211:21 PM

The D-2, or North Minneapolis proposal sends existing rail straight East to connect with Penn Avenue going south. In the process, it cuts through about a mile of residential Robbinsdale, North Memorial Medical Center and the recently beautified Lowry Avenue area. The existing Rail option through Golden Valley won't affect--or destroy--homes and communities. We Robbinsdaliens say "No2D2"

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nelsonerinJun. 20, 1211:39 PM

Penn/Oliver route to Arbor Lakes is the best.

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aarghmebuckoJun. 21, 12 6:18 AM

So did they vote against it because they truly feel it should be in N Mpls, or because they didn't want it in their backyard?

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roscoe2511Jun. 21, 12 6:43 AM

I'll take it seriously when the estimate for completion is less than 20 years. By my figures, it will take a while to complete the st paul line. Then they want to do a southwest corridor, which hasn't been fully approved. Then they need to debate the northwest route, acquire the land, negotiate it, then build it. It will take a long time before we have anything.

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mspreader1Jun. 21, 1210:07 AM

they voted against becuase as someone said it won't benefit their city. taking away greenspace for a line that won't serve its population is short-sighted. the idea, as someone clearly stated, is that "mass transit" is meant to serve the masses. if there are no feasible stops/stations to serve GV residents, why would they support it? i highly doubt they are opposed to LR, just this location...

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gvalleyresJun. 21, 12 2:13 PM

I am a fan of MASS public transportation. I take the bus downtown to work every day. Neither option makes any logical sense. As a Golden Valley home owner, I am extremely concerned about the proposed Bottineau Transitway going through our park system in Golden Valley and Mpls./ Theo parks within our neighborhoods. The noise, the environmental impact, the crime and decrease in home value is also not a favorable option. If the plan goes through, I will consider selling my home. I have spent dozens of hours researching, making calls, sending emails to council members and politicians and talking to neighbors who utilize the park asking for their input. What benefit or positive impact would Golden Valley have with one-stop and NO zoned parking area or Park and Ride in the proposed stop on Golden Valley Road? Are you suggesting I walk 2 miles to take the MASS transit system? Would it make sense to visit an option where the masses are…highway 55, hwy 100… Again, one stop with no parking in a 1st ring suburb doesn’t make sense. What is more disturbing is the inconsistent, inconvenient times the meetings have been scheduled in the middle of the work day. I'm curious whom the 30 local leaders and stake holders of the Policy Advisory Committee who made the preferred choice of Golden Valley. Can’t find them on line after looking for 45 minutes. As a home owner 300 feet from the proposed rail line, I guess my tax payer input is not relevant. I am told by a City Council person, that Met Council will eventually diminish bus lines and light rail is our future. I guess I’ll have to drive my car to work. We are in agreement that we need additional infrastructure; however, can we find a more logical solution.

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gvalleyresJun. 21, 12 2:18 PM

And hats off to the 3 Council Council members who voted "No" to an option that makes no "common sense."

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