Public Involvement

Engagement with the public is the key to improving transit service

Community Outreach Coordinators

The Southwest LRT Community Outreach Coordinators are the first point of contact for members of the public, community organizations and corridor businesses. They are available to answer questions, receive input on the project, and help resolve issues. 

Each of the Project's three coordinators is responsible for outreach to the community along a different segment of the route. To learn more, download a map of the Community Outreach Coordinator territories [PDF] or visit the Community Outreach Coordinators page

Community Outreach Coordinators Map Small
 

For information about the municipal consent process and preliminary design plan review, see the Municipal Consent page

Meetings and Events

In addition to advisory committee meetings, the Metropolitan Council provides other opportunities for public involvement. 

Public Testimony on Southwest LRT Plans

The Metropolitan Council will hold a joint public hearing with the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA) on August 13, 2014. Residents will be invited to testify at the hearing. The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to vote on municipal consent for the Southwest LRT Project at a special Board meeting on August 19, 2014. This vote will cover changes to the Minneapolis portion of the Project that were approved by the Metropolitan Council on July 9, 2014. 

Previous Meetings and Events

The Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority approved municipal consent on July 8 for the Southwest LRT alignment in St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie. 

The Metropolitan Council approved changes to the Minneapolis portion of the Southwest LRT Project at a meeting on July 9. 

The Metropolitan Council received public testimony on the design of Southwest LRT and the recommended final project scope and budget at its April 9, 2014 meeting [agenda], before taking action on the project’s final scope and budget.  

Town Hall/Community Meetings on Draft Study Reports, Feb. 10 & 12, 2014

The Metropolitan Council hosted public community meetings focused on the independent consultants' draft reports
on freight rail location alternatives, water resources and landscaping/greenscaping in the Kenilworth area. Those reports, as well as all comments received during the public comment period, are available on the Engineering page.

Town Hall Meeting Materials

Town Hall Public Comments and Evaluations


Town Hall/Community Meetings on scope of Kenilworth studies, Jan. 7 & 9, 2014

The Metropolitan Council hosted facilitated public community meetings focused on studies that are currently underway of freight rail, water resources and landscaping/greenscaping in the Kenilworth area of Minneapolis. 

Town Hall Meeting Materials

Town Hall Public Comments and Evaluations

Metropolitan Council Meeting, Oct. 16

The October 16 Metropolitan Council agenda was amended; the Southwest LRT item will not be taken up at this meeting.  

Metropolitan Council Transportation Committee Meeting

The Metropolitan Council's Transportation Committee met October 14 at 4:00 p.m. to consider the Southwest LRT Project's recommended scope and budget. 

Public Open House: Southwest LRT Recommendation for the Minneapolis Segment

The Metropolitan Council held a public open house to receive public input on the project office’s draft recommendation for the scope and basic design of the Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension) project in Minneapolis.

Freight Rail Co-location/Relocation Community Meetings

Two public community meetings were held in July 2013 to discuss issues related to freight rail location in the design of the Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension) project. 

For more information, please view the PowerPoint presentation that was given to the Community and Business Advisory Committees on June 6, 2013 or watch a video of the presentation given to the St. Louis Park City Council on May 28, 2013 or the City of Minneapolis Transportation and Public Works Committee on June 4, 2013.    

Station Location Open Houses

Six open houses for the public to learn and provide feedback on proposed locations for all 17 Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension) stations were held in June 2013. 

Minneapolis

St. Louis Park

Minnetonka & Hopkins

Eden Prairie

Freight Rail Open Houses

Public open houses were held in June 2013 on engineering concepts for resolving the location of freight rail in the design of the Southwest LRT project. 

  • June 13, 8:00 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 – 7:00 p.m., Benilde-St. Margaret's School, St. Louis Park
Station Area Planning

The Southwest LRT Community Works Project, led by Hennepin County, is a collaborative effort to capitalize on the opportunities light rail has to offer the region. The project partners are working together to address economic competitiveness and job growth; housing choices; quality neighborhoods; and critical connections along the light-rail route.

For more information about public involvement in the planning process for station area development, visit Hennepin County's Southwest Transitway website