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."
"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."