Southwest LRT Community Works
... beyond the rails
Imagine a trip on a quick and efficient light rail train running diagonally out from downtown Minneapolis through SW metro area suburbs. With 17 stations along the way, stopping at key destinations in Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie, this proposed line will have 30,000 riders per day, and be connected to major rail and bus lines, including Hiawatha LRT, Central Corridor LRT (Green Line), and Northstar Commuter Rail.
In addition to adding another great way to get around town, the Southwest LRT line will help grow the economy, add jobs, and create opportunities for quality housing and walkable neighborhoods. Hennepin County and partner cities are working together with the Metropolitan Council and others to catalyze actions that will turn new opportunities into realities. This effort is called the Southwest LRT Community Works program, and this website is dedicated to sharing information about this program.
Hennepin County is the lead agency for the Southwest LRT Community Works program working in collaboration with partner cities:
-St. Louis Park
Other partners include the Metropolitan Council (the Council will design, construct, and operate the line), the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, SouthWest Transit, the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, and the Urban Land Institute - MN. These partners work together through the Southwest LRT Community Works Steering Committee.
Metro Transit is the lead agency for the design and construction of the Southwest LRT line working with Hennepin County and the Cities along the corridor. Metro Transit will also be responsible for operating this line as part of the region's transit system when it becomes operational in 2018. Design and construction information about the LRT line can be found www.swlrt.org.