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Continued: Readers Write: (Oct. 2): Minnesota Orchestra, Southwest LRT

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Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra have refused to submit for more than a year now. They deserve support from other working people. The lesson they are bravely refusing to accept is meant for all of us who would dare resist pay cuts or demand a fair reward for our labor. Their struggle is ours.




Single-track design is a possible solution

There is at least one viable alternative to the Southwest Corridor discussion that has not been explored: a single-track light rail through the Kenilworth Corridor.

In this scenario, inbound and outbound trains would share a track between the Penn Avenue and Lake Street stations. Oncoming trains would meet at the 21st Street Station, which would have two tracks to enable trains to pass one another safely.

This design has been used successfully by Denver along its new W line. It is widely used by railroads in the mountainous regions of Japan, and I have no doubt that many other examples exist.

A single-track design would require no expensive tunnel. Nor would it require relocating the existing freight-rail traffic and foisting a two-story berm on the citizens of St. Louis Park. It would allow the commuter bike trail to remain in the corridor. It would be less expensive than any of the options now on the table. Finally, it would enable planners to take a more thoughtful approach to rerouting the heavy rail at some point in the future if that remains a priority.

ROY CLOSE, Minneapolis



The byline of the Sept. 30 commentary “A federal issue, a state priority,” about immigration reform, contained a spelling error. The article was coauthored by William Blazar, senior vice president of public affairs and business development for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.

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