ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. -- There's a big problem for the Southwest light rail project: how to make room for both the new light rail and existing freight traffic.
The Metropolitan Council is focusing on three of eight engineering concepts. One of the options would be to re-route freight trains near the St. Louis Park Spanish Immersion School.
On Saturday about 150 parents, students and residents who live nearby say their neighborhood should be taken off the table.
"This is going to be a significant amount of noise and in the instance of a derailment it's just, you can't even think about it, it would be catastrophic," Char Myers, who has 3 children who attend the school and another one who just graduated from the program, said.
In a statement the Met Council wrote "the engineers' design concepts address safety concerns surrounding derailments by softening the tracks' sharp curves, flattening the alignment and putting the tracks on a berm to provide grade separation between trains and vehicles."
But Lynn Foster says that's not enough.
"I hope that they realize that it's not a viable option, it really isn't. We're talking about children, family and community here. Their safety, their well being, their learning," Foster said.
The Met Council delayed making a decision until September. The other options are to build a shallow tunnel for light trains in Kenilworth while another one calls for building a deep bore tunnel for light rail trains in Kenilworth.
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