The Minnesota legislature refused to fund Southwest Light Rail Transit. SWLRT is the most expensive public works project ever proposed in our state at a constantly escalating price of $2.2-plus-billion. While the state legislature did not approve SWLRT funding, every other light-rail project has been supported by Democrats and Republicans. By Susu Jeffrey August 2, More
SWLRT to affect quality of life for Minneapolis residents, has serious environmental impacts and other drawbacks in what is suburban bid for development.
Take Action Today! Minneapolis | NO LRT “equity” for the Black NORTHSIDE or for white UPTOWN; Mpls Chain of Lakes Threatened
The Draft EIS predicted no reduction in greenhouse gas emissions with SWLRT until after 2050.
Is SWLRT worth the Chain of Lakes? Why not put the transit where the people are? By Susu Jeffrey July 6, 2015 Reviving from a $341 million "funding gap" Southwest LRT proponents reduced the scope of the project by $250 million while cobbling monies together to keep the priciest ever state public works More
Peter Wagenius, Senior Policy Aide to Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, apologized at the final Southwest LRT public hearing on June 18—final for this round. The SWLRT budget is approaching $2 billion. It is the largest public works project ever proposed in Minnesota.
•In the Draft Environmental Impact Statement of October 2012 Section ES-23 to ES-24 evaluated a different plan, that did not include running the LRT in a shallow tunnel orco-locating freight trains next to LRT, that is, a plan that is different from the one currently being implemented by the Met Council. •Importantly, that study concluded that co-locating freight and LRT in the Kenilworth Corridor would be detrimental to the environment and would NOT adequately preserve or protect the quality of life. The DEIS recommended against locating freight and LRT in the corridor.
Jeffrey: The long-planned but constantly morphing SWLRT, with a "shallow" tunnel in the Chain of Lakes corridor, is the priciest public works project ever proposed in Minnesota. According to Met Council studies the cut-and-cover tunnel plan would dewater about 24,000 gallons of groundwater per day between Cedar, Lake of the Isles and Calhoun. Now a new plan for a "push through" tunnel is being researched but the Environmental Impact Statement is incomplete.
By Julie Sabo, Community Voices TCDailyPlanet April 11, 2014 The Southwest LRT is frequently touted as making significant improvements to racial and economic equity. I would argue that it does nothing of the sort. In fact, if not done right, this rail line will actually contribute to inequity rather than address it. Racial and economic equity had little More