Annual SWLRT Safety Meeting – December 1
The City of Minneapolis will convene the annual, legislatively mandated meeting on Southwest Light Rail (SWLRT) safety on Thursday, December 1, from 6:30-8 p.m.
- CIDNA is a mandated participant.
- The meeting will be public and held virtually. Link and full details/agenda will be announced later.
Sen. Scott Dibble and Rep. Frank Hornstein authored the legislation requiring the meetings:
Rail Safety Meetings.
At least once in each calendar year in which construction work is performed on the Southwest light rail transit project within the city limits of Minneapolis, the city must host a meeting on rail safety, with invitations to city fire officials, emergency services personnel, representatives from freight railroads using tracks that are colocated with Southwest light rail transit, the Metropolitan Council, the prime contractor, and neighborhood associations in the impacted areas. Each meeting is to address rail safety concerns during construction, including but not limited to preparedness for the general public, assessment of risks, and emergency evacuation planning in the event of a derailment.
CIDNA Adopts Positions on SWLRT (February 2022)
At its February 9, 2022, meeting, the CIDNA Board of Directors adopted positions related to current SWLRT issues:
- In strong support of legislation proposed by Sen. Dibble and Rep. Hornstein to transfer responsibility for SWLRT construction from the Met Council to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (SF3075).
- In strong support of legislation proposed by Sen. Dibble and Rep. Hornstein to direct and fund the Office of Legislative Auditor to audit the Met Council’s management of SWLRT construction (HF3035).
- Calling on the Met Council and Hennepin County to provide and pay for relocation expenses and comparable temporary shelter costs to any residents of the Calhoun Isles Condominiums who want it, until the current safety issues are resolved to their satisfaction.