The following article by Paul Walsh was published in the May 19, 2016 edition of the Star Tribune.
Suit: Southwest Light-rail Project too Noisy for 1,000 Residents in Hopkins, Minnetonka
An owner of three complexes near the route says the Met Council hasn’t properly addressed the issue.
The owner of property with about 500 apartment and townhouse units in the west metro is suing the Metropolitan Council, saying the agency has not addressed the “severe noise problem” the Southwest light rail project would create.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in St. Paul on behalf of three adjoining and jointly owned complexes — two in Hopkins and one in Minnetonka — contends that the council’s recently released environmental impact statement “failed to recognize” the high levels of noise that the trains would create while passing so closely to homes and their woods, wetlands, walking paths and recreational areas.