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SWLRT gets approval to begin construction this winter

Post Date:November 15, 2018 10:00 a.m.

Yesterday, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) cleared the way for the Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) to begin construction this winter.

The FTA notified the Metropolitan Council that is likely, upon award of the Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA), that they would pay nearly half — $929 million — of the project’s total cost.

Winter construction activities could include site clearance, demolition, utility work, equipment mobilization and staffing. The majority of the construction work is anticipated to begin in 2019 and go through 2022. Passenger service is expected to start in 2023.

The SWLRT will operate from downtown Minneapolis through St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie. St. Louis Park will have transit stations located at Beltline Boulevard, Wooddale Avenue and Louisiana Avenue.

The roughly $2 billion project is the largest infrastructure project in the state’s history.

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Learn more about the project on the Metropolitan Council's website.

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