Another Great Letter to the Editor
By Andrew Richter
Another brilliant letter to the editor that I don’t even need to comment on;
I received information regarding the Bottineau Light Rail Project Public Meetings. I couldn’t attend, so I spent some time reading the Draft Environmental Statement in-depth.
There have been many articles and commentary about the advantages of Light Rail conceptually. However, reading the DEIS presents a very different vision of the impacts it has on the character of communities it goes through.
The attractions of Crystal, Robbinsdale and Golden Valley are developed neighborhoods with mature landscaping, room to recreate in your own backyard, and garden to provide variety in your diet while eating locally.
Unfortunately, that does not fit the vision of the Metropolitan Council and Hennepin County Commissioners. Their vision as outlined in the DEIS is creating densely populated multi-story neighborhoods along rail lines that carry trains from 4 a.m. to 2 a.m.
These trains will pass through Crystal at varied intervals from 20 to 30 minutes to 7.5 minutes during rush hours, That works out to 130 trains passing in a 3-hour period.
There are two proposed at grade crossings in Crystal at Bass Lake Road and at Corvallis. The trains are required by law to sound their horn when approaching these crossings at the speed required to stay on schedule 45-50 miles per hour.
As has been my belief for many years, the devil is in the details. These details will destroy Crystal neighborhoods and home values quickly.
Perfect…..wouldn’t change a word of this letter.