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“Now all of a sudden we’re being asked to sit quietly through a delicate moment when you slam this out of the ballpark and shove it down our throats,” she said.
A previous version of the resolution stated that the council would deny municipal consent if the tunnel option was chosen by the Metropolitan Council. The version adopted Wednesday merely said the council opposes the tunnels.
Hodges said the council was merely restating a position it already held. But 2010 and 2012 city statements in favor of rerouting the freight did not state a position on the tunnels; they weren’t proposed by the Met Council until last summer.
“I am pleased to see the Minneapolis City Council approve this resolution reaffirming the city’s opposition to co-location of both freight and light rail in the narrow Kenilworth Corridor with shallow tunnels,” Hodges said in a statement.
Her policy aide, Peter Wagenius, later said that the mayor has opposed the tunnels and intended to say that the City Council objects to them as another form of locating the light rail next to the freight.
The Metropolitan Council responded that “any City Council resolution from any city taking a position on Southwest LRT is premature” before a recommendation on a plan by the Met Council project staff in April.
The agency is expected to seek consent from cities along the route later in April and May.
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