Short line sues over Twin Cities light rail plans

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MINNEAPOLIS — Short line Twin Cities & Western has filed suit against a planned extension of the Minneapolis-St. Paul light rail system over plans for a portion of the light-rail line that will operate adjacent to the TC&W tracks.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the suit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, claims the plans for side-by-side operation of freight and light-rail as part of the Green Line Southwest extension are “in breach of previous contracts, federal interstate commerce laws, and the U.S. Constitution.”

The suit names as defendants the Metropolitan Council, which is planning and will build the $1.9 billion, 15-mile light rail extension, as well as the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority and Canadian Pacific Railway.

The council had offered the TC&W $11.9 million in exchange for assurances that the railroad will coooperate during the light rail construction and release all potential legal claims, as well as $230,000 to cover the railroad’s expenses. The TC&W rejected that offer last week.

The full Star-Tribune report is available here.

The Southwest extension would add 15 stations to the Metro light-rail system, serving the communities of St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Eden Prairie. The system currently includes two lines covering 23 miles and 37 stations.

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