Southwest LRT: Railroad hasn’t signed off on any reroute for freight trains

  • Article by: Pat Doyle , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 4, 2014 - 8:42 PM

Southwest light-rail consultant backtracks from reports of a deal.

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wileyrulesFeb. 4, 14 9:13 PM

We need to reroute freight trains from residential areas for so any reasons, We have tostada now, and this one is a good beginning.

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k11m11p11Feb. 4, 14 9:42 PM

And once again I will post: I look forward to finding out how many St. Louis Park businesses and residences will need to be demolished for this newest freight rail reroute plan, as opposed to moving a bike trail.

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rudi86Feb. 4, 14 9:42 PM

We all know moving the bike trail out of the Kennilworth rail corridor is the logical option. If the bike path is so critical in Kennilworth then maybe they should take a few of those big houses by eminent domain and widen out the right of way so everything can run at grade! It would be cheaper than building a mile of tunnels.

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mpls61Feb. 4, 14 9:53 PM

Another example of how this process has been bungled. Last time a freight study was going to be done it stalled before it left the station. This time, it was released with much fanfare, only to find out there was critical misstatement in the report. At least that misstatement is discovered sooner rather than later.

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bleavitFeb. 4, 14 9:56 PM

This plan is barely developed past it's original draft on a cocktail napkin. It's priced at $105 million but without the property acquisition costs? It's been reviewed by the railroads but not the one that actually operates on the line? How can Betsy Hodges be excited by such a poorly drafted concept, did she or anyone on her staff actually read the report? This fiasco has got to come to a halt. Co-locate in Kenilworth and either single track the LRT through the pinch point or move the trail. I'm waiting for the President to demand a new study now, maybe they can actually route it through the St Louis Park high school cafeteria.

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cjkmyersFeb. 4, 1411:09 PM

The article's author also left out the St. Louis Park objection to unequal scrutiny in all plans. Routes in Minneapolis were deemed unfit because private property needed to be acquired. In the old and new plans for St. Louis Park freight reroute, new tracks would be laid through a school playground and private homes and small businesses. Mr. Pat Doyle is only biased towards his Minneapolis neighbors whose property has been adjacent to a rail line for the past 100+years.

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cjkmyersFeb. 4, 1411:38 PM

FACT: the precious bike trail everyone in Minneapolis is so worried about runs along the entire 16 mile route. QUESTION: Why are the bike trail and lake martyrs trying to save Minnehaha Creek and the other watersheds that will be impacted by the light rail and freight co-location outside of Minneapolis? ANSWER: NIMBYS

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bredpathFeb. 4, 1411:56 PM

The major opposition to the "at-grade" option are the affluent folk of the Kennilworth 'hood, not the trail-users. The "beautiful people" don't want an LRT train rolling by every couple minutes.

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rlwr51Feb. 5, 1412:01 AM

More ineptness and $50,000 down the drain. Just quit with this boondoggle.

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fuhrmannFeb. 5, 14 6:08 AM

They really need to back up and look at the earlier option that would have served more people by going through uptown where trains used to run in the Greenway corridor. That was axed by earlier NIMBYs who insist that they needed a more fun and additional expense of trolly cars instead of evil trains.

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