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SLP Residents Vent Frustrations at Light-Rail Open House

The Met Council held an open house in St. Louis Park Thursday evening to solicit public input on the light-rail freight line reanalysis commissioned by the governor's office.

Hundreds of St. Louis Park residents came to the city's Rec Center Thursday evening to voice their concerns about re-routing freight rail lines during a community meeting hosted by the Met Council.

The meeting was designed as a chance for city council members, legislators, Met Council staff and representatives from Gov. Dayton's office to hear residents' input—and complaints.

At Gov. Mark Dayton's request, Met Council staff are re-examining a number of options to re-route freight rail away from the Kenilworth neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Minneapolis residents have complained that keeping freight rail in the Kenilworth neighborhood would be noisy, increase traffic and cause damage to the hydrology of the lake system. But St. Louis Park residents remain firmly opposed to moving freight rail into the city.

"One of our big issues is that we've been at this for four years and they're asking us again, 'What do we think?' when we've been telling them for four years exactly what they think," said Jami LaPray, an organizer of the Safety in the Park group.

Watch our video above to see what LaPray and others had to say about the light-rail process.
Mike B. January 10, 2014 at 01:19 PM
What's there to be concerned about? Just some trains hauling oil from the Bakken area of North Dakota.
Daniel January 11, 2014 at 11:16 AM
The solution has always been to not build this taxpayer boondoggle. Again, taxpayers from around the United States will be on the hook for over $1,500,000,000 to make a few Minnesota Liberals feel good.
Rob January 13, 2014 at 12:45 PM
Yawn.

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