2013 Impact Studies

Freight Rail, Water Resources, and Landscape Impacts

In response to local concerns, the Southwest LRT Project initiated new studies of freight rail options, water resources and landscaping in December 2013. The Metropolitan Council tapped two national engineering firms: TranSystems to independently analyze freight rail relocation options and Burns & McDonnell to independently evaluate potential impacts on water resources. Meanwhile, the Southwest Project Office conducted a tree and landscape inventory.

Freight Rail Location

Independent Evaluation of Freight Rail Location

The Metropolitan Council contracted for an independent analysis of freight rail relocation alternatives that took a fresh look at previous studies and proposals.

The freight rail relocation alternatives study reviewed previous studies and designs, assessed the viability of location options and attempted to identify new options. The work was coordinated with Hennepin County and the cities of Minneapolis and St. Louis Park.

Water Resources
Kenilworth Vegetation and Landscaping