Southwest Commuter Rail: Honor previous agreements

  • Article by: Mark Andrew
  • Updated: August 21, 2013 - 7:34 PM

The way forward is to honor the agreements already made in the past.

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northhillAug. 21, 1310:01 PM

In retrospect Mr Andrew, it might have been better to have had Hiawatha Avenue and the LRT line to the airport bridge the existing single track that the TC&W freight trains used and have kept it open. Instead,Hennepin County chose to build the Midtown Greenway and possibly use part of the right of way as an LRT route. The cost of bridging the existing rail line would not have been 1 billion dollars hopefully sir. The Hennepin County Board shares part of the blame for the fiasco that is Southwest Light Rail. Hennepin County also could have cleaned up the pollution at the Golden Auto site unconditionally.Both the TC&W and the residents of St Louis Park oppose the route through the Golden Auto site.Mr Andrew you are part of the problem!

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jms8998Aug. 21, 1310:41 PM

"The burden of colocating light rail and freight rail next to the stunning biking and hiking trail is simply too much for Minneapolis to bear." THAT'S FUNNY!

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DLBabatzAug. 21, 1310:46 PM

With whom whom was such an agreement made? As early as 1998, the St Louis Park City Council passed a resolution citing it would not accept a freight re-route unless there was no other viable option. This resolution is in the public record. Earlier this summer, the Met Council presented 6 other viable options that do not consider freight re-route. If the public record shows that SLP objected as early as 1998, with whom does Mark Andrews assert there was an agreement? Produce it for the public record.

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aarghmebuckoAug. 21, 1311:04 PM

Mr. Andrew, your rhetoric is tiring. The trail continues into St. Louis Park, then Hopkins, then Minnetonka, then Eden Prairie, then Chanhassen, then Chaska, eventually into Scott County . The Kenilworh segment giving everyone fake heartburn is a very short segment on a trail that runs nearly 20 miles. Kenilworth is not the most pristine stretch and the LRT has trail impacts of greater significance beyond Minneapolis borders. But the real issue is not the trail. The real issue is that a limited number of well off residents by Lake of the Isles don't want LRT in their public land "backyard", and are hoping to have the collective "us" pay an extra $300 million so that they can have a BBQ without cursing at an LRT train every three and a half minutes. I don't blame them for not wanting that. Who would want that? The railroad reroute is tiny, minor relief compared to tunneling the LRT. But it is NOT about a railroad reroute, or a trail. It is about LRT and NIMBY plain and simple.

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ju2653Aug. 21, 1311:12 PM

Wow. Radical and profound logic from a Minneapolis Mayoral candidate. Probably against cancer and like puppies, too. There are many logical reasons to oppose the freight rail options, but to oppose it because a promise was made 16 years ago? Feel free to go stand in the SLP school playground where the freight rail will be running and explain to the children that even though their school didn't exist at the time a promise was made - and a promise is a promise. Good grief.

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hobie2Aug. 22, 1312:33 AM

"..a limited number of well off residents by Lake of the Isles don't want LRT in their public land "backyard", and are hoping to have the collective "us" pay an extra $300 million so that they can have a BBQ without cursing at an LRT train every three and a half minutes. I don't blame them for not wanting that. Who would want that?..".... And the backwater metro area refuses to do what most urban planners across the world are doing - doing because it is cheaper to build, cheaper to maintain, and has less impact on the communities - at $980 Million to build (using the average cost per mile and the last ten lines over 5 miles long across the world that were not fitted in water)... NO ONE complains when their environment is not disturbed - except those want the LRT to be running past their sparse populated areas so their land holdings jump in price... get over the 2000 costs and get into the 21st century, and all this whining goes away - it's like a couple arguing if one should buy a flat screen HD TV because the cost of a 48" is $7000. Tunnel with TBM... With stations in similar layouts - $34 mil/km; $36 mil/km; $40 mil/km; $60 mil/mile...

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firefight41Aug. 22, 13 7:49 AM

The way foreward is to stop the boondoggle.

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thomjmillerAug. 22, 13 8:40 AM

Mark Andrews- You know there was no agreement. An agreement requires at least two parties, agreeing! What you and others who support re-routing freight through St. Louis Park are referring to is an offer you made to St. Louis Park that St. Louis Park didn't accept. Am I wrong? Then, please produce a copy of the agreement. You can't because it doesn't exist. But, you must believe that by repeatedly stating its existence over and over again, others will think it does. On the other hand, St. Louis Park has four resolutions rejecting the re-route, one of which is signed by your cohort Gail Dorfman when she was the Mayor of St. Louis Park.

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polymath234Aug. 22, 13 8:56 AM

It might be better if people actually read the DEIS, and commented accordingly. And I don't mean the fluffy parts that claim LRT is the eco-wave of the future. I'm referring to the actual data that reveals that LRT will INCREASE pollution until 2050, and after that any decreases in particulate pollution are expected to come from improvements in vehicle emission technologies. And the lack of concern about preserving green space -- a severely limited commodity in urban settings -- appalls me. Yes, I'm a NIMBY. If your backyard were a delicate part of the Chain of Lakes, you might be one too. This is a 20th century project that is woefully inadequate to our 21st century needs. We can do better.

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courtney38Aug. 22, 13 2:08 PM

This is not about NIMBY. Nearly one million people use the Kenilworth Greenway a year. A million people do not live in the adjoining neighborhoods. Kenilworth is a regional asset in an urban location. Why is Mpls being asked to take on all the burden?

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