Southwest LRT timeout should help build consensus

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 15, 2013 - 6:12 PM

Answers to key questions should unite region behind needed line.

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bleavitOct. 15, 13 7:48 PM

Well said. Where was the gov all along?

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greenedOct. 15, 13 9:10 PM

The Uptown alignment was studied and rejected as too expensive and duplicative of existing bus service in the area. Uptown does need better transit but LRT is not the appropriate technology there. A Midtown corridor streetcar and enhanced bus on Hennepin and Lyndale would do wonders.

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jdlellis1Oct. 15, 1310:10 PM

Consensus requires choices based upon win-win scenarios. From the beginning, this was a no-win situation for key constituents overlooked by light-rail zealots and power brokers. Thus regardless of decision, the out-come (Freight Line, Kenwood Pedestrian Paths, Tunnel, etc.) the outcome will be win-lose. In other words, the absolute arrogance of power! - - - For those who will select "dislike" ask the question, if options to date were valid, why has Governor Dayton now called for a hiatus on any decisions to further study the SW-LRT?

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aarghmebuckoOct. 15, 1311:53 PM

Easy peasy on why Dayton now calls for more study - it is a delay tactic to postpone the inevitable decision until after R.T. And the current city council become lame ducks. That way they can make the tough vote, keeping the new crew of politicians hands clean.

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fooledmeonceOct. 16, 13 8:40 AM

from the outside looking in, what a disaster this whole thing is, this should show all how flawed this process is, the "train at any cost" types show their true selves when they change plans like changing a babies diapers, what do the feds and the railroads say about these amateurs

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liveswellOct. 16, 13 9:21 AM

Design matters. This alignment skews development away from the city. When not related to LRT, we call that sprawl and environmental groups decry it. When related to poorly planned rail, it is called "green". The land use patterns this project will encourage will be set for generations. It is not good for Minneapolis, it is not good for the environment. Let's get it right now for generations to come.

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dhenkelsOct. 16, 1310:09 AM

greenedOct. 15, 13 9:10 PM The Uptown alignment was studied and rejected as too expensive and duplicative of existing bus service in the area. Uptown does need better transit but LRT is not the appropriate technology there. A Midtown corridor streetcar and enhanced bus on Hennepin and Lyndale would do wonders. - Have you ever taken the bus in Uptown? It's simple, and you can get most anywhere...all the LRT going through there would do would get you more uptown to downtown, which is covered by bus...the train in downtown is then there to continue the journey. What is needed is the SW light rail. The public transport back to the suburbs later at night is ridiculous and you know what, some of us in the burbs actually like going into the downtowns for later than 9 pm....get this thing going.

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jdlellis1Oct. 16, 1310:15 AM

Aarghmebucko, let's not sugar coat it, give it to'em straight! (nice job)

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greenedOct. 16, 1311:52 AM

dhenkels, I think we're in agreement. I live in Uptown and take the bus all the time. The bus on Hennepin is quite slow so some upgrades there would be welcome. The 21 is painfully slow and the 53 only runs during peak hours. A Midtown streetcar would provide limited-stop service all day, filling a huge gap in the transit network along one of the most heavily traveled transit corridors in the metro. The streetcar would not need to stop for lights either since it will be in a private right-of-way. An Uptown alignment for SW LRT would not connect Uptown to the Blue Line the way a Midtown streetcar will. That's why the Midtown streetcar is the better option.

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FrankLOct. 16, 13 2:28 PM

Why does the whole project need to be stopped? Start construction on the rest of the line while doing an analysis. In the real world we don't wait for everything to be in place before we start construction. The only decision to be made is whether is goes in a trench or at grade.

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