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.
Southwest LRT 100 percent roll plots for St. Louis Park
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