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Run Out on a Rail

Metro's light-rail construction has some businesses already pulling out of the station

At Metro, vice president of communications and marketing Julie Gilbert confirmed that the light-rail project, which began in March, will finish "sometime in early 2004." The heaviest street construction, however, should be done by late summer 2002. Regarding Hill's question of compensation, Gilbert says, "If there are permanent impacts, Metro will study the situation. Other entities all over the region do construction the same way. While there is a period of disruption, construction otherwise improves access and value for properties along the route. People are happy with it after it's done."

Sign of the times: Adrian's survived downtown's leanest years, but it couldn't ride out Metro's construction.
Monica Fuentes
Sign of the times: Adrian's survived downtown's leanest years, but it couldn't ride out Metro's construction.

In the meantime, there may be more casualties like Susan Hill before one train chugs into downtown. It gives new meaning to the term "run out on a rail."

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