Southwest LRT tunnel plan near crucial decision

  • Article by: Pat Doyle , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 13, 2013 - 9:08 AM

A plan to dig tunnels for Southwest line approaches a key vote, with policymakers poised to proceed over Minneapolis’ objections.

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wildfoxOct. 12, 13 9:58 PM

No one mentions the water quality issues associated with the tunnel plan. STOP cutting down our trees and polluting our water! Just say NO to the tunnel!

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anywhoOct. 12, 1310:07 PM

Help me understand, but isn't this area already served by the bus system? If so, why spend an additional $1.5M??

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donm251Oct. 12, 1310:44 PM

33 years ago a car put out twice the amount of pollution as public transit. As of 2010, it was about the same. By 2020, public transportation will pollute 25% more than a car will per passenger mile. Source: U.S. Department of Transportation. It's time to dump the SW LRT and move onto better, more efficient, less polluting modes of transportation.

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jbpaperOct. 12, 1311:36 PM

"If the freight were rerouted, the light rail would be built at ground level through the entire Kenilworth corridor next to the recreation trails." -------- I'm starting to lean towards the idea of rerouting the freight rail just so that those that are complaining about the light rail being at ground level too long, with the shallow tunnels, would then have it on ground level the whole way.

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jbpaperOct. 12, 1311:38 PM

There is one group of people that we never seem to hear from. What do the people in Eden Prairie think about all this? We are spending all this money mainly for them and yet the Strib reporters never mention them.

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geomplsOct. 12, 1311:38 PM

I find it hard to believe donm251's post. Public transportation includes buses which are likely much more polluting than light rail. Light rail is powered by electricity and stops and starts much less often. Show us a much more definitive reference to your conclusion donm251.

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exrepublicanOct. 12, 1311:43 PM

donm251: show us the specific site, page, location, etc. from USDOT that you claim you saw this. Your satatement is ridiculous.

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sfod93Oct. 13, 13 3:55 AM

Geompls, and the majority of electricity comes from....?

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sfod93Oct. 13, 13 3:57 AM

I'm for it, as long as rider/user fees pay the way.

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SwiftBoatOct. 13, 13 6:23 AM

Users/riders will never pay for the full cost. With roads, commercial vehicles pay the cost also through licensing and gas taxes. LRT, soak the taxpayers who don't ride it. When is the Met Council up for election?

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