At SWLRT.ORG, you can sign-up for project updates that will be sent out every Friday.
You can also follow the project on Twitter @SouthwestLRT.
How to contact
Urgent issues: 24-hour construction hotline
For urgent SWLRT construction issues, call the 24-hour hotline at 612.373.3933. Call the hotline for problems such as blocked access to business or residential areas, improper traffic sign placement or parking issues. For emergencies, always call 911.
For general project questions or to schedule a speaker for your next community/business gathering; contact your SWLRT Community Outreach Coordinator:
- Nkongo Cigolo (pronounced NEN-kong-go SEEG-uh-lo)
Nkongo.Cigolo@metrotransit.org or 612.373.3825
Cedar Lake Trail closure
The Cedar Lake Trail through St. Louis Park and Hopkins closed and will remain closed for two years for construction of SWLRT. The closed portion starts just east of the North Cedar Lake Trail connection in Hopkins to France Avenue in St. Louis Park. Detour signs 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.
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 will take place 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.