Gov. Dayton embraces Southwest light-rail line delay

  • Article by: Pat Doyle , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 15, 2013 - 8:12 PM

The governor’s support could delay a vote Wednesday and keep options other than tunnels alive.

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lowertowntugOct. 15, 1310:06 AM

There would be few or no opponents if they could figure out a way to run the rails through minority neighborhoods.

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segavinOct. 15, 1310:16 AM

R.T. Rybak - stop playing games and move our infrastructure investment forward.

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irelandguyOct. 15, 1310:19 AM

I wish Governor Dayton would have spent a few seconds "studying" the Vikings stadium "deal" before dragging the taxpayers into a debacle that will cost us hundreds of millions of dollars.

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dvsdan123Oct. 15, 1310:28 AM

This line has been proposed and studied for over ten years and they still don't have all the facts they need to make a decision. Just what have they been doing for the past ten years? I think no one on the Metropolitan Council has the guts to make the tough decisions for fear they might not be re-elected. Oh wait they are not elected, they are appointed by the Governor. Another big Government fiasco that wastes the taxpayers money and accomplished nothing. Either build the line, or quit wasting our money on more studies.

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bubzkiOct. 15, 1310:31 AM

Just run it through Uptown. Make it happen.

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twinsajsfOct. 15, 1310:33 AM

Will someone please explain to me why we can't just reroute the bike trail for less than 1 mile. This seems like the simplest and most cost effective solution

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rogerbOct. 15, 1310:39 AM

I am an avid biker and use the trail frequently. I would have no problem with a bike trail re-route and find it the simplest and least expensive option.

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rogerbOct. 15, 1310:40 AM

Also, why would the neighborhood favor the tunnel option when it would remove from the project the station that they would most likely and most conveniently use?

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rogerbOct. 15, 1310:41 AM

It looks like the tunnel option is going to be rubber-stamped after the additional 'study' proves it would not harm water quality. I'll bet that's Dayton's angle.

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dmclausenOct. 15, 1310:44 AM

As much as I hate to bring this up as I'm a biker and an advocate of the trail system, it seems to me that if the bike/hike trail was taken out of the equation, the LR could run right next to the freight line that no one wants to move. It would be easier (all flat and above ground)not to mention considerably cheaper. Has this been proposed?

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