Southwest Light Rail Transit (LRT)

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Spring 2019

Cedar Lake Trail closure 

Cedar Lake Trail through St. Louis Park to close mid-May for construction; detour map posted below.

The Cedar Lake Trail through St. Louis Park and Hopkins is slated to close as early as Monday, May 13, and will remain closed for two years for construction of Southwest LRT. The portion closing starts just east of the North Cedar Lake Trail connection in Hopkins to France Avenue in St. Louis Park. Detour signs will notify trail users of alternative routes. Detour signs will notify trail users of alternative routes. The city has provided a detour map, and a system-wide detour map is available from the Metropolitan Council.

Project staff will be at pop‐up events and community presentations within initial construction activity areas to share 
upcoming construction information with residents, businesses and trail users. In St. Louis Park, attend a pop-up event Friday, May 17, 6-9 a.m., on the Cedar Lake Trail at Beltline Boulevard.

Stay informed with weekly project updates 

Early construction work on Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) has begun, and we would like to make sure you are staying updated with the latest project information. We want you to know what to expect with construction so you can plan accordingly and know where to turn to get answers to your questions and concerns. At SWLRT.ORG, you can sign-up for project updates that will be sent out every Friday starting April 26. In addition, you can follow the project on Twitter @SouthwestLRT.

When SWLRT opens in 2023, as an extension of the successful METRO Green Line, it will connect Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins, St. Louis Park and Minneapolis with St. Paul. SWLRT will be part of an integrated system of transitways, including connections to the METRO Blue Line, the Northstar Commuter Rail line and many bus routes.

How to contact

General questions

For general project questions or to schedule a speaker for your next community/business gathering; contact your SWLRT Community Outreach Coordinator:

  • Hopkins, St. Louis Park and Edina: Nkongo Cigolo (pronounced NEN-kong-go SEEG-uh-lo) Nkongo.Cigolo@metrotransit.org or 612.373,3825
    Stations: Shady Oak, Downtown Hopkins, Blake Road, Louisiana Avenue, Wooddale Avenue, Beltline Boulevard
  • Eden Prairie and Minnetonka: James Mockovciak (pronounced Moh-KOV-ee-ack)
    James.Mockovciak@metrotransit.org or 612.373.3894
    Stations: SouthWest, Town Center, Golden Triangle, City West, Opus
  • Minneapolis: David Davies
    David.Davies@metrotransit.org or 612.373.5336
    Stations: West Lake Street, West 21 Street, Bryn Mawr, Bassett Creek Valley, Royalston Avenue/Farmers Market
Urgent issues: 24-hour construction hotline

For urgent SWLRT construction issues, call the 24-hour hotline at 612.373.3933 for assistance. Call the hotline for problems such as blocked access to business or residential areas, improper traffic sign placement or parking issues. For general questions or comments about Southwest LRT, please contact your Community Outreach Coordinator listed above. For emergencies, always call 911.

Project background 

On Nov. 14, 2018, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) cleared the way for the Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) to begin construction in winter 2018. 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.

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 on a route from downtown Minneapolis through St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie, passing in close proximity to Edina. The line will include 15 new stations, including three in St. Louis Park. It will be part of an integrated system of transitways, including connections to the METRO Blue Line, the Northstar Commuter Rail line, many bus routes and proposed future transitways.

The roughly $2 billion project is the largest infrastructure project in the state’s history. It will be funded by the Metropolitan Council and project partners through a mix of federal, state and local sources. 

Take a virtual flyover tour of the Southwest LRT route

Southwest LRT project information from Metropolitan Council

Southwest LRT 100 percent roll plots for St. Louis Park

Hennepin County Southwest LRT Community Works Program

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