Cities at odds over freight train reroute for Southwest LRT

  • Article by: KELLY SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 13, 2012 - 4:54 PM

Freight traffic would be moved to St. Louis Park to make room for light rail.

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alanam8Nov. 10, 1212:16 AM

The way the opposition in SLP is whining about this issue, you'd think that freight trains never rumbled through those neighborhoods before. But the fact is those same tracks carried much heavier freight traffic than the re-route traffic just a few years ago. The same neighbors complaining about the impact on their safety and quality of life didn't complain then. But they complain now. Time for the Met Council to come up with some cash to "mitigate" their losses and start building the line.

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texas_technomanNov. 10, 12 7:06 AM

The noise from the freight trains couldn't be any worse in SLP that the jets overhead coming in to land at MSP....and the trains would be far less frequent. Vibration, especially in winter, would be a pain....

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DLBabatzNov. 10, 12 7:08 AM

@alanam8--that isn't exactly true. The rerouted trains reportedly could be long trains (100 car mile long trains), but for the past 25+ years these tracks haven't seen a train with much more than 20 cars, most are no more than 10 cars. The opposition asserts that this is a material change in the nature of the traffic that these tracks are proposed to carry.

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gophfan10101Nov. 10, 12 7:13 AM

Reason #453 that I don't live in the city. Stuff like this. I don't know how you folks do it.

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teddygNov. 10, 12 8:36 AM

Babatz, I don't support the reroute. I live near the existing freight near Lake of the Isles. The freight trains seldom get to 100 cars, but they do get long 60-car loads every 2 or 3 days. But most are under 30.

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jimmywestoneNov. 10, 12 8:50 AM

Let me understand this correctly: It will cost an extra $123 million to re-route the freight line and it is just because there won't be room for a bike and walking path in Minneapolis. What is the cost to re-locate the bike path? That is one expensive bike path if I understand correctly

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west336Nov. 10, 12 8:58 AM

I have an idea: how about instead of spending $123M for a re-route, just compensate the few homeowners whom this re-route will (supposedly) negatively impact their home values. It'd be a fraction of the cost of the re-route, and the homeowners would have NOTHING left to complain about. Even if they are compensated for the current value of their homes, it wouldn't add up to even half of the $123 million, and that would be an extreme situation.

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birchwood18Nov. 10, 12 9:02 AM

Come Protest the Freight Re-route Wednesday, Nov 14th 5:30-6pm St. Louis Park City Hall 5005 Minnetonka Blvd Hennepin County is hosting an open house at SLP City Hall from (5pm-6pm) on Wednesday November 14th for SWLRT (southwest light rail on the DEIS (Draft Environmental Impact Statement). A public forum will follow (6pm-7pm) The public forum is a great opportunity for individuals to voice concerns about the proposed re-route through SLP. Since many individuals who are concerned about the proposed re-route will be there, we decided to hold a protest before the Open Forum. The protest will take place on the sidewalks in front of City Hall (facing Minnetonka Blvd) from 5:30 to 6pm. We met with both the police department and city hall to ensure a safe an successful protest. Participants are encouraged to bring signs. Several media outlets have confirmed they will be there.

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JESSNELSONNov. 10, 12 9:40 AM

When you buy a house 20 feet away from train tracks, what did you expect?

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thomjmillerNov. 10, 12 9:57 AM

Excellent comments. To understand the actual FACTS about the number of railcars, the differece between the trains that run on the MN&S now and in previous years as compared to the trains to be re-routed, and more, visit our presentation on YouTube- The Strib won't allow a link in this comment, so search for "Freight Rail St. Louis Park" on YouTube and understand the facts.

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