The following article by Sarah McKenzie was published in the Southwest Journal on June 2, 2016.
Park Watch Comment: As long as there is co-location of trains with oil and light rail with electrical wires , there can be no assurances that there will be no life-threatening disasters.
City Weighs in on Southwest LRT’s Final Environmental Report
While city officials continue to support the proposed Southwest Light Rail Transit project, they reemphasized several concerns about the project in comments on the final environmental impact statement (FEIS).
Those concerns include freight rail safety, pedestrian connections along the line in the Kenilworth Corridor, potential construction impacts on residents, noise and the visual impact of the project on the corridor.
The Metropolitan Council is collecting comments on the FEIS until June 13. The City Council’s Transportation & Public Works Committee signed off on the city’s comments on the report Tuesday.
City staff reiterated that the Southwest Project Office must coordinate with the railroad to minimize the risk of derailment, particularly for trains carrying hazardous cargo.
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City weighs in on Southwest LRT’s final environmental report