Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) and the Metropolitan Council have reached a settlement related to potential noise and vibration impacts to MPR studios following construction of the Green Line Light Rail Transit line operations.
Over the past two years, the Met Council and MPR have conducted joint testing of the Green Line impacts on MPR studios and facilities. Because engineers and consultants from both Met Council and MPR were unable to identify a permanent solution that could be implemented at the 7th Street crossing of the Green Line, the Metropolitan Council has agreed to pay MPR $3.5 million for the impacts to MPR studios. The settlement provides MPR with resources to help the organization address these impacts on its own, including replacing equipment, further sound and vibration mitigation and finding alternate studio locations.
Further, this agreement terminates the 2009 Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Mitigation Agreement. While the agreement was a good faith attempt by both parties to address future impacts of anticipated LRT vibration and noise, it proved impractical. Staffs at both Met Council and MPR agreed that the Mitigation Agreement did not provide viable solutions to MPR's and the Council's concerns.
"We're pleased that we've reached this agreement and we appreciate the Met Council working with us over the years to jointly test the impacts of the Green Line and to explore options for mitigation," said Dave Kansas, executive vice president, MPR. "This settlement provides some of the resources we will need to address the interruptions caused by noise and vibration levels in our studios."
"I appreciate the significant time and effort of our staff that helped us get to this resolution," said Wes Kooistra, Regional Administrator at the Met Council. "It was reasonable to assume the 2009 Mitigation Agreement could lead to ongoing expensive litigation into the future. I believe that reaching this new agreement serves the Council's and the public's best interests."
"We are committed to being good stewards of all resources entrusted to us, including our building and the equipment in it, and it's important that we can continue to use our broadcast facilities for years to come," Kansas said. "Now, we're focused on moving forward and determining how to address the impacts to our studios, and how to best support the musicians who perform and record here."