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Twin Cities & Western Railroad Co. (TC&W) announced on Friday that it has rejected a recent proposal by independent consultant Transystems to reroute its freight-rail service from the Kenilworth Corridor to a St. Louis Park line to accommodate the Metropolitan Council's Southwest Corridor light-rail project.The short line reached its conclusion after reviewing a technical analysis prepared by a South Dakota engineering firm, which described the Transystems' proposal as "neither efficient, safe nor cost effective when compared to TC&W's current route," TC&W officials said in a press release.The report by Civil Design Inc. (CDI) highlighted specific problems with the St. Louis Park route, which independent consultant Transystems recommended on Jan. 30, said TC&W President Mark Wegner. "The operating conditions proposed by the Transystems alignment would be detrimental in every respect to current and future operating conditions for the TC&W," Civil Design's analysis concluded.The Transystems plan would reroute freight-rail traffic through St. Louis Park on the MN&S rail line owned by Canadian Pacific. It is only slightly different from the plan proposed in the October 2012 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) published by Hennepin County, TC&W officials said.Wegner said he couldn't understand why Transystems recommended a St. Louis Park reroute that is only slightly different from the DEIS plan that TC&W rejected. He said the short line wasn't asked for input in either case until the designs already had been made public.In contrast, Wegner pointed to the Brunswick Central reroute option, which TC&W found acceptable from a safety perspective. The Metropolitan Council developed that route with the collaboration of CP and TC&W to meet Class I mainline safety and engineering standards, he said.The $1.25 billion project would extend light-rail service between Eden Prairie, Minn., and downtown Minneapolis.
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