Extending Tracks Issue 17: July 2017

Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017

Issue 17 of the Southwest LRT Project newsletter [PDF] features information on bidding for the Project's civil construction contract, the first graduates of the LRT Build pre-apprenticeship preparatory program, and other news.

In this issue


Bids to be opened on first construction contract in August

Contractors vying to build the largest public works project in Minnesota history should learn this fall who is the successful bidder on the first of three large construction contracts and be able to begin initial construction activities around the end of the year.

SWLRT Project continues after CTIB dissolves

Hennepin County is picking up the state’s capital and net operating cost shares of Southwest LRT following action by the Counties Transit Improvement Board to dissolve.

Met Council’s new chair has railroad background, been involved in SWLRT/freight rail talks

New Metropolitan Council Chair Alene Tchourumoff has more than a decade of transportation policy and finance experience and has been involved with the Southwest LRT Project in discussions with the affected freight rail companies.

New visualizations show how LRT will look in St. Louis Park, Minnetonka and Hopkins

Two new visualizations show the design of METRO Green Line Extension passenger stations at Louisiana Avenue Station and Blake Road Station in St. Louis Park and at Opus Station and Shady Oak Station in Minnetonka and Hopkins.

First 16 students graduate from LRT Build apprenticeship program

Sixteen people completed LRT Build at the end of June, a 10-week apprenticeship-readiness program to help prepare workers for construction jobs now that will give them work experience before heavy construction of Southwest LRT starts in 2018.

Outreach bus illustrates the "Future of Twin Cites Transit"

Kevin Cannon’s illustrations – what he calls "cartoon cartography" – helped memorialize the openings of the METRO Green and A Lines.

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