Monday, July 27, 2009

Final public comments made on St. Paul LRT

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Public comment solicitation ended Monday for St. Paul, Minn.’s Central Corridor light rail project, with local citizens and the University of Minnesota weighing in over various concerns.

Project Manager Mark Fuhrmann anticipated St. Paul community groups to lobby for three more light rail stations along a stretch of University Avenue in St. Paul.

The university continues to voice concerns over supposed noise and vibration threats and electromagnetic interference affecting sensitive scientific equipment on campus. A faculty committee appointed by university President Robert Bruininks last January released a study last week noting the problems could be addressed but could prove costly.

Preliminary engineering for the Central Corridor has begun, with construction slated to begin next summer, and service scheduled to commence in 2014.

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