Freight reroute study prompts new look at LRT dispute

  • Article by: Pat Doyle , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 5, 2013 - 9:44 PM

A study says there is a cheaper way to reroute freight train traffic to St. Louis Park to make room for light rail in the Kenilworth corridor.

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cjkmyersOct. 4, 13 9:30 PM

Why does SLP need to solve Minneapolis's freight rail problem? And don't tell me about some 1997 agreement that was never signed. The freight train was moved from the Minneapolis rail corridor that is now the Midtown greenway so that Mr. Peter McLauglin, career politician, could protect his constituents along Hiawatha. Just because Minneapolis is against using their RAIL CORRIDORS doesn't mean a new rail corridor should be built in St. Louis Park through a school playground and peoples homes.

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cjkmyersOct. 4, 13 9:32 PM

I will pay more money to the Star tribune for unbiased reporting.

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cjkmyersOct. 4, 13 9:33 PM

The Twin Cities need a comprehensive rail transportation plan.

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cjkmyersOct. 4, 13 9:37 PM

Did I mention Mr. Doyle distorts the facts for this topic?

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cjkmyersOct. 4, 13 9:44 PM

Mr. Doyle forgot to mention that the NIMBYS in Minneapolis are preparing a war kitty to sue us all if they don't get their way with no noise in the pristine rail corridor. The NOT THROUGH MY YARD (NTMY) folks of SLP just don't want to lose their houses, have the Berlin Wall built through their city OR lose a place where kids in SLP have played for recess for 99years.

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jbpaperOct. 4, 13 9:44 PM

"“An inspection of this track area resembles other mainline railroad with medium grade and curvature,” the report said."----- That's all you're going to give us from the report? Looks like Mr Doyle had one foot out the door when he wrote this article.

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cjkmyersOct. 4, 13 9:45 PM

Minneapolis officials call the Berlin Wall they want to build in SLP the Cadillac of train routes. I call the rail corridor in Minneapolis, the Porsche of bike trails.

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aarghmebuckoOct. 4, 1310:09 PM

Odd source for a study. Why would the rr union want to get involved? Convenient timing.although, like cjkmyers, at this point I do not know if I can trust the reporting on this issue

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bleavitOct. 4, 1310:41 PM

What a coincidence...I just finished a box of Cracker Jack and found a SLP Re-route study at the bottom. It wasn't anything new though. Just plow a new rail bed right through the city, tear up playgrounds, block all the streets simultaneously with mile long trains, and no mitigation. This seems to be another group that engineered it from bing maps. Elevation changes, what elevation changes? It all looks flat to me. As a matter of fact, when I zoom in on Google Earth I don't even see kids on the school yard. Easy Peasy. Oh and our only true interest in this project is that we will represent the employees of the LRT line so trust us.

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DLBabatzOct. 5, 13 2:52 AM

The Kennilworth Rail Corridor is certainly not a recreation area.

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