U, Met Council reach agreement on Central Corridor

The University will drop its lawsuit against the Met Council pending the Board of Regents and Met Council’s approval.

by Andre Eggert

The University of Minnesota and the Metropolitan Council have reached a tentative agreement on how to protect the University’s research facilities from vibration and electromagnetic interference caused by the Central Corridor light-rail line.

If approved by the Board of Regents and the Met Council, the lawsuit the University has filed against the Met Council would be dropped.

 “There are a lot of details in this agreement,” Met Council spokesman Steve Dornfeld said. “The University was very careful in negotiating standards that they believe will protect their research facilities.”

The final agreement would protect “critical research” and the campus environment, the University said in a press release.

“The University and the Met Council have been working together to achieve mutual goals to improve the transportation system in the metropolitan area and to protect the University’s research enterprise and our campus community,” Kathleen O’Brien, vice president for University services, said.

The proposal is set to go before the Board of Regents on Sept. 8.