Production of next-generation Acela Express fleet underway
Stadler unveils TEX Rail Flirt DMU
Siemens invests in remote monitoring specialist Wi-Tronix
DB consortium selected for California high speed rail
Judge puts the skids on state’s proposed rail trail
Amtrak's CEO shares his vision for rail's future
Flight Rail: a new type of train?
America’s short lines play the long game
New York rail operator bolsters security after London bombing
Some are wondering if another person needs to die before the Metro Blue Line extension in Minneapolis area is complete. According to Robbinsdale Council Member George Selman, nine people have passed on the Community Advisory Committee since talks for an extension began.
In 2017, the Metropolitan Council put together a virtual flyover video showing the updated route, but issues with BNSF have put a wrench in any kickoff plans. The Metro Blue Line would run alongside 8 miles of track owned by BNSF, but the Class 1 company says that alignment raises too many safety concerns. Officials have been working with BNSF for more than a decade to try to launch the Blue Line extension, but in 2015 Hennepin County purchased a piece of land that was needed for Canadian Pacific to run trains on the BNSF track. Hennepin County says the land was needed for emergency vehicles to have continued access, but many believe the acquisition touched a nerve with BNSF.
Local officials are now urging state lawmakers to work with BNSF in the hopes of restarting Blue Line extension talks. The 13-mile light rail line is supposed to open in 2024.
For the latest news, go to http://www.rtands.com.
More on light rail.
The post BNSF goes silent on Metro Blue Line extension plans appeared first on Railway Track and Structures.
This article first appeared on www.rtands.com
About this website
Railpage version 3.10.0.0037
All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all the rest is © 2003-2020 Interactive Omnimedia Pty Ltd.
You can syndicate our news using one of the RSS feeds.