URS' Southwest LRT bid found lacking

  • Article by: PAT DOYLE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 9, 2013 - 9:43 PM

Evaluations show URS lost out on Southwest Corridor work because it didn't take community concerns into account.

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aceofheartsJan. 9, 1310:16 PM

It's odd how misleading one sentence can be... that SLP is concerned that re-routing freight will bring more noise to neighborhoods. Much too simplistic. Not even the RR thinks the current plan is SAFE for RR employees or residents. We have noise in SLP from freight trains, that's part of living in the city, but we currently are pretty safe from physical danger as well. Why did Hennepin County and the Met Council go with Kimley-Horn? I believe HC and the MC want trains re-located through SLP and Kimley-Horn has been willing to ONLY look at that option instead of co-locating the freight and light rail through the existing corridor. Follow the money. This relocation plan has been going on for over 10 years now and it has little to do with noise.

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drposterJan. 10, 13 1:48 AM

So in other news, the Southwest line is not even debatable anymore. It's a done deal and will be forced on the taxpayers regardless of want or need. Why do we even elect people to the state house if everything is controlled by the unelected MetCouncil anyways?

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