Golden Valley rethinks light-rail line

  • Article by: MARY JANE SMETANKA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 17, 2012 - 6:53 PM

City support is critical if Bottineau plan is to advance.

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whodafagawiNov. 18, 12 7:31 AM

God help the people of Golden Valley now that they have become part of the "process". Just ask the people of St. Louis Park.

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antisuburbsNov. 18, 12 1:39 PM

I hope they succeed in keeping the light rail out of Golden Valley. The best route is ultimately the one through North Minneapolis. Why would you reroute a train completely around the neighborhood that needs it most, and would have the highest ridership? what gives?

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smdentNov. 18, 12 5:06 PM

antisuburbs - - - It would be extremely difficult to route the LRT down Penn or any of the other northside streets are they are too narrow to allow a train line and traffic. Even if they run it one way down Penn and one way down say Oliver or Queen, it would not work. Also, they would be required to move or destroy houses. The best route would bring the LRT through Golden Valley.

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practicaljoeNov. 19, 12 8:32 PM

Great idea antisuburbs, send it through the North Side. Can you say Rondo? Haven't we learned our lesson from this neighborhood destroying disaster?

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johnbaranickNov. 20, 12 9:35 AM

smdnet: Narrowness isn't a problem; as they've already demonstrated, they'll just eliminate wheeled traffic from the road they choose to run on. If there isn't going to be a stop and parking for GV residents to make use of it, why would they (GV)want the line punched through the Theodore Worth park area, ruining natural areas, disrupting traffic, creating noise/vibration? It's a boondoggle as it is, why would anyone welcome it when it provides zero benefit to your area? I just hope the council doesn't roll over like it did with the Sweeney Lake development.

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onemoofDec. 2, 1210:04 AM

This light rail line will not be destroying any park land. It is planned to run along existing land owned by Burlington Northern Railway next to an existing rail line. This project has been in development for 4+ years and it was a selling point when I bought my home along the planned route 3 years ago. The effect on Golden Valley will be very minimal with this rail line, but it's impossible to connect outer suburbs to Minneapolis without routing through the inner suburbs, it's just a geographical fact. Those that don't like light rail can simply choose not to ride it, but I'll be enjoying it frequently once it's open.

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katarzynamDec. 5, 1210:32 AM

The Bottineau line and the Southwest line will severely compromise parkland, golf courses, ski areas, and the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway. Why has the Star Tribune remained silent on the issue of how this will potentially impact Minneapolis parks? It seems to me that this would be a big issue if the people of Minneapolis had been kept informed about it.

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