Minneapolis tunnels endorsed by Southwest light-rail planners

  • Article by: Pat Doyle , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 1, 2013 - 11:56 PM

Planners of the thorny Southwest transit line now would route trains under a popular Minneapolis trail and spare St. Louis Park.

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denialoOct. 1, 13 7:12 PM

Southwest LRT planners would approve anything that would lose money. No surprise here.

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ryan0290Oct. 1, 13 7:18 PM

Most of those trees are invasive weed species, i.e. russian elm, boxelder, buckthorn etc.

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nelsonerinOct. 1, 13 7:28 PM

Please call our dear leaders and tell them to reroute to Uptown!

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jbpaperOct. 1, 13 7:31 PM

"But the pivotal recommendation is intended to quiet critics and buy political support for the rail project,..." ------ Spending an extra $160 million on tunnels is suppose to quiet critics?

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mnpls123Oct. 1, 13 7:33 PM

SLP should have to pay 100% of the cost increase or honor their commitment to accept freight traffic in exchange for money to clean up polluted sites.

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pipdipchipOct. 1, 13 7:48 PM

Either route it through Uptown or run it north through Ridgedale and then follow 394 downtown.

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thomjmillerOct. 1, 13 7:49 PM

To be clear mnpls123, St. Louis Park never agreed to a re-route in exchange for the clean up of the NL/Golden Auto site. This matter has been investigated at length and while a preliminary agreement does exist, it was not finalized and the St. Louis Park City Council wrote multiple resolutions stating as much over nearly 15 years.

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dflleftOct. 1, 13 7:54 PM

THE PROBABILITY of this plan going through is zero. there will be litigation till hades won't have it.

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jonnoOct. 1, 13 8:04 PM

It's just soooo funny that the same limousine liberals who think everyone should be riding trains now can't be inconvenienced to have one riding through their neighborhood. We should stick a couple of 200 foot high windmills in there while we're at it!

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henriknOct. 1, 13 8:06 PM

Let me see if I understand the tunnel proposal correctly...they would spend $160 million to bury the LRT line but the end result would still be freight trains operating above ground right next to the recreational trail with the LRT trains running through a low density area, missing all of the potential riders in the Uptown area? Why indeed are we not looking at some sort of option that would route the LRT through Lyn-Lake/Uptown where all kinds of new development is taking place (i.e. high urban density housing = LRT riders)?

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