Mayor Hodges pleased that Southwest Light Rail Transit reports show viable second option for rerouting freight
January 30, 2014 (MINNEAPOLIS) — In response to the draft independent reports released today by The Metropolitan Council regarding the Southwest light rail line, Mayor Betsy Hodges released the following statement:
“The great news is, there seems to be a viable relocation option on the table. Last year we were told that the only two options on the table were a two-story tall berm in St. Louis Park and two “cut and cover” shallow tunnels in Minneapolis, both of which were going to be very expensive and come with heavy impacts on our communities. That’s a pretty bleak and expensive set of choices.
“With today’s reports, we now have better options to explore. While I know there is still no outcome that everybody will love, for the first time, we have options that allow us to spread the burden among all of our partners.
“Nobody is going to get everything they want – not Minneapolis, not Saint Louis Park, not the railroads – but this report gives us hope that we can find a solution that benefits everyone. I look forward to digging into these reports further and hearing from my constituents.”

Published Jan 30, 2014