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Council approves rail project, including tunnels

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Apr 10, 2014 at 7:23 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Twin Cities' $1.7 billion light rail line project moves forward with approval of a design that includes tunneling the trains in one Minneapolis neighborhood.

The agency in charge of the Southwest Corridor, the Metropolitan Council, voted in favor of a plan Wednesday that includes two shallow tunnels for the trains in the Kenilworth Corridor. Railroad tracks will remain in the corridor instead of being diverted to St. Louis Park.

Reports say the council will now seek support from the five communities along the line, including Minneapolis where the City Council and mayor are opposed to the tunnels.

The Southwest line would link Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins and St. Louis Park with downtown Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota, the State Capitol and downtown St. Paul.

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