Mayor Hodges opposes co-location of both freight and light rail, including shallow tunnel, in Kenilworth Corridor
March 5, 2014 (MINNEAPOLIS) — In response to the resolution passed by the Minneapolis City Council Committee of the Whole today regarding the City of Minneapolis’ position on the Southwest Light Rail Transit project, Mayor Betsy Hodges released the following statement:
“I am pleased to see the Minneapolis City Council approve this resolution re-affirming the City’s opposition to co-location of both freight and light rail in the narrow Kenilworth Corridor. As a Council Member, I voted previously to support a similar resolution, expressing the City’s opposition to co-location. Today, as Mayor, I continue to be opposed to co-location with shallow tunnels. I continue to support the Southwest Light Rail project for the region, and will continue working with the Metropolitan Council in the hopes of finding a path forward for this important project.”
At the conclusion of long hearing today at the Committee of the Whole, the Council voted unanimously to support a resolution offered by Council Member Kevin Reich, Chair of the Transportation and Public Works Committee, which resolves that “the City of Minneapolis reaffirms the same position it has held since 2010, which is that the City of Minneapolis opposes co-location of both freight and LRT together in the Kenilworth Corridor, and this includes the shallow tunnels option.”

Published Mar 5, 2014