TC&W President: Our Intentions are 'Proper' in Opposing Freight Rail Relocation

The TC & W president Mark Wegner has butted heads with Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman.

With a final decision on how to run freight and light-rail through St. Louis Park just a little over a month away, stakeholders are speaking up and butting heads.

In an Aug. 7 opinion piece in the Star Tribune, Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman took some digs at the Twin Cities & Western Railroad, saying it had been for freight rail relocation before it was against it. 

"Minneapolis wants the freight removed, as promised," Dorfman wrote. "St. Louis Park doesn’t want the additional freight. And I believe that the Twin Cities & Western Railroad is taking advantage of the conflict between the two cities to advance its own business interests."

In a letter published in this morning's paper, TC & W president Mark Wegner disputed Dorfman's claims.

"We clearly told project consultants in 2010 that their reroute proposal did not meet long-established railroad safety and operational standards," Wegner wrote. "But, to our dismay, the very same plan appeared in the 2012 draft environmental impact statement."

Read Wegner's full letter at the Star Tribune.
Daniel August 20, 2013 at 04:02 PM
LOL. Gail Dorfman is now trying to divert the attention from herself. What is good for Gail Dorfman this week?
Kathryn Kottke August 21, 2013 at 10:11 AM
What upsets me most about this is that TC&W stated unequivocally that they did NOT agree to the reroute originally envisioned by Hennepin County (led by Dorfman) in public meetings. Why does Dorfman think we won't remember this? She counts on the public being lazy and stupid which illustrates her belief that those in office know what's best for the plebians. Someone could write a novel about this--Orwell anyone?
Daniel August 21, 2013 at 12:55 PM
You hit the nail on the head Kathryn. The fact is that Gail Dorfman, like most in local politics,believe that the public are mindless sheep that need to be led their (E.G. Dorfman)superior intelligence. It is all about their own prestige. The citizen taxpayers are ancillary.


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