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Trains vs. laboratory equipment

The University of Minnesota is a major supporter of public transportation. The Twin Cities Campus charges a lot for parking, and offers inexpensive bus passes to encourage people to leave their cars at home. But trains give labs a new issue to think about in terms of how vibration will effect their equipment. The Computer Science Building nanofabrication lab already sits on a floating concrete slab so no vibration is felt from the street.

The article Potential light rail vibrations concern U of M researchers just gives the Central Corridor project team something else to think about.

What do you think about the light rail's track?

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