Southwest Corridor light-rail cost concerns linger

  • Article by: Pat Doyle , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 30, 2013 - 10:51 PM

Pressure builds on use of the Kenilworth corridor of Minneapolis as recommendation nears on where to put the freight train traffic.

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rogerbSep. 30, 13 3:03 PM

The arguments to re-route the freight tracks are extremely shallow. I can't believe it's gotten this much debate.

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rudi86Sep. 30, 13 3:11 PM

Moving the bike trail would make the most sense. People seem to forget that putting trails on active rail corridors (or abandoned corridors planned for future LRT use) is a temporary use with the understanding that future rail use takes priority. Why on earth would we spend $150 to $200 million to not disturb a few hundred yards of "temporary" bike trail running alongside a railroad track.

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bubzkiSep. 30, 13 3:37 PM

Raise the bike trail. As an avid cyclist, even I can see this is the obvious, simplest solution. What's the holdup?

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Cory089Sep. 30, 13 3:38 PM

Or we could, you know, move the bike trail. The cost would be negligible. Well, negligible other than having delayed the project for several months while we debated $200 million plans so the bikers could keep two miles of trails.

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no2dngr4kidsSep. 30, 13 3:57 PM

This one detail seems to get left out of EVERY STORY on this in the Strib, so here is that very important information: The proposed freight rail re-route option in St. Louis Park is to build two-story tall berms & have the trains run right through the schoolyard of a grade school & community center. Would you want your children going to school where a train could derail & topple into their classrooms? This seems too absurd to be true, but check it out, it's for real!

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joelindellSep. 30, 13 4:10 PM

As a St. Louis Park resident, and a bike trail user, I'd like to see the elevated trail receive a closer look as well. I think it would save a great deal of money by relocating neither the freight rail nor the bike trail.

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SwiftBoatSep. 30, 13 4:54 PM

Cost containment? When has the Met Council ever been concerned about cost? It's not like they have to run for election or be responsible to the voters.

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mnpls123Sep. 30, 13 5:00 PM

Mpls has been clear from day 1 that we will not allow freight and commuter rail above grade in that corridor. The issue exists regardless of the bike path.

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slpmommySep. 30, 13 5:27 PM

thank you, no2danger. I don't understand anyone giving your comment a thumbs down. People, it is true!! Believe it or not. Mr. Doyle, why don't you write about THAT scary angle????

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SaraiSep. 30, 13 5:30 PM

Reassess other options for freight! Running a bi-directional lrt, freight and loss of the bike trail through this area is NOT an option!

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