Rapid growth in the southwest metro area is putting more demands on our existing roads and transit systems. By 2030, cities in this area are expected to add 63,000 residents and 79,000 jobs.
The Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) Green Line is a proposed extension of a Light Rail Transit (LRT) line that would connect Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins and St. Louis Park to downtown Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota and downtown St. Paul. For more information about the entire LRT project go to www.swlrt.org.
SWLRT Municipal Consent Process Underway
On April 9, the Metropolitan Council voted to advance the Southwest Light Rail Transit (METRO Green Line Extension) Project.
This approval set the project’s scope to include:
- 16 stations
- An operations and maintenance facility in Hopkins
- Mitchell Station as the western terminus in Eden Prairie
- LRT running in shallow tunnels and freight rail and trails remaining at-grade through the Kenilworth corridor
- Budget range of $1.673-billion to $1.683-billion.
This action also set into motion a “municipal consent” process which includes the preliminary design plans being submitted to Hennepin County and the five affected cities for review and approval. The plans are available to the public at the Metropolitan Council as well as Hennepin County Library branches and city buildings along the route.
In Hopkins preliminary design plans for the entire alignment can be viewed at City Hall, 1010 1st St S, and the Hopkins Library, 22 11th Ave N. The City of Hopkins is accepting public comments on the project:
- Via email, firstname.lastname@example.org,
- In writing to:
1010 1st St S.
Hopkins, MN 55343
During business hours at City Hall now through Wednesday, June 4 at 4:30 pm.
And, at the Public Hearing scheduled for the Tuesday, June 3 City Council meeting.
The Metropolitan Council and Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority will host a joint public hearing May 12, 2014. After this hearing, the cities along the route have 45 days to host community-specific public hearings and approve or disapprove of the plans.
Hopkins’ public hearing will take place at the June 3 City Council meeting. The public hearing will focus on the content of the municipal consent plans. Future decisions regarding issues such as station design and streetscape will be addressed in later meetings.
An Open House will precede the June 3 public hearing from 6 to 7 pm in the lower level of City Hall, where members of the Southwest LRT Project staff will provide a brief overview of the project and answer questions.
For more information about this project and to subscribe to receive “Southwest LRT News” email updates, visit www.swlrt.org.