The proposed Southwest Light Rail Transit (LRT) line is a high-frequency train that will connect downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie through St. Louis Park, Hopkins and Minnetonka.
Alternatives for improved transit in the Southwest Corridor have been under study by the Metropolitan Council since the mid-1980s. In November 2009 the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority
(HCRRA) recommended construction of a light rail transit (LRT) line
connecting Eden Prairie with jobs, medical services, restaurants and
entertainment in Minnetonka, Hopkins, St. Louis Park and Minneapolis.
This Southwest LRT route would also connect directly to the Central
Corridor LRT becoming part of the Green Line with direct service to the
University of Minnesota and St. Paul.
The proposed Southwest Green Line Extension would also allow
transfers near Target Field to access the Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT, in
service since 2004) with service to Minneapolis-Saint Paul International
Airport as well as the Northstar commuter rail line.
As currently proposed, the line would be 15.8 miles long with 17
stations expected to open in 2018. The project’s construction and
long-term operation would be funded primarily through a mix of federal
and state sources. The City of Eden Prairie is not expected to
contribute financially to the transit project itself. However, the City
may request that aesthetic improvements – also called “betterments” – be
included in the final project design along the portion of the line that
runs through Eden Prairie. These improvements would complement the
City’s existing redevelopment plans for the Town Center area and be
funded by the City.
Although the Green Line Extension is not a municipal project, the
City of Eden Prairie has been actively involved in the planning efforts
of the Metropolitan Council, to ensure the project will bring a positive
economic impact to the community, and best serve our residents and
businesses into the future.
The lead agency for the project is the Metropolitan Council, which
has established a Southwest LRT Project Office to oversee the project,
address public comments and provide frequent project updates. Visit metrocouncil.org for more information and subscribe to receive “Southwest LRT News” email updates.
The Southwest LRT community outreach coordinators are the first point
of contact for members of the public, community organizations and
corridor businesses. They are available to answer questions, receive
input on the project and help resolve issues.
Daren Nyquist, Metropolitan Council’s outreach coordinator for Eden Prairie, can be reached at 612-373-3894 or email@example.com.
Additional information about the project can be found at southwesttransitway.org.
Learn more about the project by watching the video below from a City staff presentation at the Oct. 28, 2013, Eden Prairie Planning Commission meeting:
Share Your Thoughts
There is now a new way to submit your ideas and comment on others for
how areas around planned LRT stations should change in anticipation of
light rail coming in 2018.
Southwest LRT Beyond the Rails is an online platform for community dialogue — to join the conversation visit swbeyondtherails.com.
SWLRT COMMUNITY WORKS
Southwest LRT Community Works was created by Hennepin County in 2009 to put in place partnerships that will catalyze transit oriented development along the corridor, connect communities to LRT stations and create welcoming spaces around LRT stations. This effort supports LRT design and construction work by focusing “beyond the rails” including developing detailed plans for station area neighborhoods near proposed LRT stations. Visit swlrtcommunityworks.org to learn more.
METROPOLITAN COUNCIL SWLRT PROJECT LINKS
Contact Project Office