Public Involvement

Public involvement has helped shape the design of the Southwest LRT Project through comments on proposed plans and discussion of engineering options. The Metropolitan Council and project partners, including cities along the Green Line Extension route, have hosted numerous workshops, open houses, and other events that involved community residents in the design process.

Advisory committees

The project's advisory committees provide guidance and oversight.
 

Upcoming events

Southwest LRT Virtual Open Office Hours

Project staff are hosting monthly virtual open office hours for Minneapolis community members to discuss Southwest LRT.

Monday, November 15, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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Previous meetings

CIDNA-Hosted Southwest LRT Kenilworth Meeting

The Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood is organized a meeting with Southwest LRT Project staff to review recent and upcoming construction activities in the Kenilworth Corridor of Minneapolis. This virtual meeting was open to the public. The event will took place on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, from 6:00-7:30 PM. There was a presentation by project staff as well as time for Q&A. 
Meeting Video 
Presentation (PDF)
Question and Answers (PDF)


Minnetonka

Friday, March 5 2021, 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Meeting Video
Presentation

Bryn Mawr Neighborhhod Town Hall

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Meeting Video
Presentation

Eden Prairie Town Hall

Monday, March 1, 2021, 4:30 - 5:30 PM
Meeting Video
Meeting Presentation (PDF)

Hopkins Town Hall

Wednesday, February 24 2021, 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Meeting Video
Meeting Presentation (PDF)

St. Louis Park Town Halll

Tuesday, February 23 2021, 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Meeting Video
Meeting Pressentation (PDF)

Minneapolis Town Hall

The Metropolitan Council held a virtual Southwest LRT Project Town Hall on January 14, 2021. Metropolitan Council Chair Charlie Zelle, Project Director Jim Alexander, and other project office staff provided an update on construction within the City of Minneapolis. Community members received information about anticipated 2021 activities, the timing of those activities, and associated impacts related to LRT construction in Minneapolis.
Meeting video
Meeting presentation (PDF)

The City of Minneapolis hosted a meeting about rail safety during Southwest LRT Construction. Residents received information from the Southwest LRT Project office, and the City's Fire and Emergency Management Division. There was a question and answer session with attendees after the presentation. This was a legislatively mandated meeting.

Answers to questions submitted by the community (PDF)

Railroad Safety Protocols
Mark Wegner, President & CEO, Twin Cities Western Railroad Company

Emergency Response
John Fruetel, Fire Chief, Minneapolis Fire Department

Emergency Preparedness
Barret Lane, Director, Minneapolis Office of Emergency Management

Construction Safety
Jim Alexander, Project Director, Southwest LRT Project Office

Community Open Houses

Learn about 2019 construction activities and what to expect.

ST. LOUIS PARK

Tuesday, July 16
St. Louis Park City Hall, Council Chambers 5005 Minnetonka Boulevard
St. Louis Park Display Boards (PDF)

EDEN PRAIRIE

Thursday, July 18
Eden Prairie City Center, Heritage Room 8080 Mitchell Road
Eden Prairie Display Boards (PDF)

MINNETONKA

Monday, July 22
Eagle Ridge Academy Cafeteria,  11111 Bren Road West
Minnetonka Display Boards (PDF)

HOPKINS

Thursday, July 25
Hopkins Depot, Railroad Room 9451 Excelsior Boulevard
Hopkins Display Boards (PDF)

MINNEAPOLIS

Tuesday, July 23
Bryn Mawr Elementary School, Cafeteria 252 Upton Avenue South
Minneapolis Display Boards (PDF)

Community Town Hall Meeting on the Supplemental Environmental Assessment and Amended Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation

The Metropolitan Council hosted a community town hall meeting on the Southwest LRT Supplemental Environmental Assessment (EA) and Amended Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation on March 22, 2018 at Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis. This event provided an opportunity to learn about the impacts of changes in the design of the Southwest LRT Project since the completion of the Final Environmental Impact Statement in 2016, including the proposed construction of a freight rail corridor protection barrier in Minneapolis, and to give feedback.

The community town hall meeting materials:

Proposed Freight Rail Corridor Protection Wall

Public Open House
November 15, 2017, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Bryn Mawr Elementary School Cafeteria, 252 Upton Avenue South, Minneapolis

An opportunity to learn about the design of the proposed corridor protection wall between freight rail and light rail tracks in Minneapolis, and to give input on aesthetic design options. Printable event flyer (PDF).

Station Design

The Southwest LRT Project developed several different station architecture concepts to fit into different settings. These open houses provided an opportunity for community residents to learn about station design and give feedback to project staff. A brief presentation on station design was given at the beginning of each open house.

Open houses were held on:

  • Minneapolis: April 2 and April 8, 2015
  • St. Louis Park: April 8, 2015
  • Eden Prairie: April 9, 2015
  • Hopkins and Minnetonka: April 14, 2015
SWLRT station design: open house presentation (April 2015) PDF 6.4 MB
SWLRT station design: historic properties overview (April 2015) PDF 992 kB
SWLRT station design: historic properties in Hopkins (April 2015) PDF 2.1 MB
SWLRT station design: historic properties in Minneapolis (April 2015) PDF 3.3 MB
SWLRT station design: historic properties in St. Louis Park (April 2015) PDF 2 MB
SWLRT station design: integrated public art (April 2015) PDF 1.9 MB
SWLRT station design: joint development overview (April 2015) PDF 806 kB
SWLRT station design: joint development at Beltline Station (April 2015) PDF 1.7 MB
SWLRT station design: joint development at Blake Station (April 2015) PDF 1.7 MB
SWLRT station design: Operations and Maintenance Facility (April 2015) PDF 1.7 MB
SWLRT station design: route and stations by city (April 2015) PDF 18.1 MB
SWLRT station design: station architecture (April 2015) PDF 2.9 MB
SWLRT station design: accessibility and weather protection (April 2015) PDF 997 kB
SWLRT station design: design approach (April 2015) PDF 2.6 MB
SWLRT station design: public comments (April 2015) PDF 1.6 MB
SWLRT station design: layout and features (April 2015) PDF 1.2 MB
SWLRT station design: Eden Prairie station sites (April 2015) PDF 31 MB
SWLRT station design: Hopkins station sites (April 2015) PDF 13.8 MB
SWLRT station design: Minneapolis station sites (April 2015) PDF 38 MB
SWLRT station design: Minnetonka station sites (April 2015) PDF 4 MB
SWLRT station design: St. Louis Park station sites (April 2015) PDF 13 MB
SWLRT station design: suggested station types by location (April 2015) PDF 375 kB

Kenilworth Landscape Design

Plans for landscape design in the Kenilworth area of Minneapolis were created with input from the community and guidance from the Kenilworth Landscape Design Committee.

SWLRT Kenilworth landscape design: workshop presentation (June 13, 2015) PDF 2.1 MB
SWLRT Kenilworth landscape design: workshop boards (June 13, 2015) PDF 6.2 MB
SWLRT Kenilworth landscape design: design principles (June 13, 2015) PDF 195 kB
SWLRT Kenilworth landscape design: historic features (June 13, 2015) PDF 276 kB
SWLRT Kenilworth landscape design: bridge options (June 13, 2015) PDF 846 kB
SWLRT Kenilworth landscape design: workshop presentation (Aug. 8, 2015) PDF 12.6 MB
SWLRT Kenilworth landscape design: design concept overview (Aug. 8, 2015) PDF 1.2 MB
SWLRT Kenilworth landscape design: concept roll plots (Aug. 8, 2015) PDF 33 MB
SWLRT Kenilworth landscape design: bridge options (Aug. 8, 2015) PDF 2.1 MB
SWLRT Kenilworth landscape design: seating nodes and landscape typologies (Aug. 8, 2015) PDF 1.3 MB
SWLRT Kenilworth landscape design: draft 5-year vegetation plan (Oct. 26, 2015) PDF 22 MB
SWLRT Kenilworth landscape design: draft 15-year vegetation plan (Oct. 26, 2015) PDF 22 MB
SWLRT Kenilworth landscape design: draft 25-year vegetation plan (Oct. 26, 2015) PDF 22 MB
SWLRT Kenilworth landscape design: meeting announcement (Nov. 18, 2015) PDF 1.6 MB
SWLRT Kenilworth landscape design: presentation (Nov. 18, 2015) PDF 9.7 MB
SWLRT Kenilworth landscape design: meeting display boards (Nov. 18, 2015) PDF 12.1 MB
SWLRT Kenilworth landscape design: opening year design concept (Nov. 18, 2015) PDF 2.3 MB
SWLRT Kenilworth landscape design: 25-year design concept (Nov. 18, 2015) PDF 2.3 MB

Meeting materials from Kenilworth Landscape Design Committee meetings:

Supplemental Draft EIS Hearings

The Metropolitan Council published the Southwest LRT Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on May 22, 2015 and held three public hearings to receive comments on the document in June 2015. An open house was held in conjunction with each public hearing. The purpose of these hearings was to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the content of the Supplemental Draft EIS document; no action was taken at the hearings.

Hearing dates and locations

  • Hopkins Center for the Arts, June 16, 2015
  • Eden Prairie City Center, June 17, 2015
  • Dunwoody College of Technology (Minneapolis), June 18, 2015

Municipal Consent Hearings (2015)

Municipal consent is process of local review and approval by communities affected by a transit project, and is required under Minnesota law (Minn. Stat. 473.3994). During municipal consent, the public is also invited to review preliminary design plans and provide comments directly to local governments or to the Metropolitan Council. The Southwest LRT Project received municipal consent approval twice: once in 2014, and again in 2015 for a revised project scope including design changes in several areas along the LRT route.

In July 2015, the Metropolitan Council approved a revised scope for the Southwest LRT project, reducing the estimated cost of the project by approximately $250 million. The revised project scope included design changes in several areas along the proposed LRT route. In light of these changes, the Council released revised preliminary design plans on July 23, 2015 and sought municipal consent from Hennepin County and the five cities along the proposed LRT route.

The Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County Board of Commissioners and the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA) held a joint public hearing on the physical design component of the revised preliminary design plans on August 27, 2015. Cities along the proposed Southwest LRT route held public hearings in September 2015. The Council accepted public comments on the revised plans from July 23 through September 11, 2015. Comments were also accepted by Hennepin County and the cities along the alignment.

Freight, Water, and Landscape Studies

In January 2014, the Metropolitan Council hosted facilitated public community meetings focused on studies of freight rail, water resources and landscaping/greenscaping in the Kenilworth area of Minneapolis.

In February 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.

Municipal Consent Hearings (2014)

Municipal consent is process of local review and approval by communities affected by a transit project, and is required under Minnesota law (Minn. Stat. 473.3994). During municipal consent, the public is also invited to review preliminary design plans and provide comments directly to local governments or to the Metropolitan Council. The Southwest LRT Project received municipal consent approval twice: once in 2014, and again in 2015 for a revised project scope including design changes in several areas along the LRT route.

The Metropolitan Council released preliminary design plans for the Southwest LRT Project on April 22, 2014. The Metropolitan Council and the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA) held a joint public hearing on May 29, 2014. Minnetonka, Hopkins, Eden Prairie, and St. Louis Park held public hearings on municipal consent for Southwest LRT in May and June 2014.

The Metropolitan Council approved revisions to the project scope and budget affecting the Minneapolis portion of the Southwest LRT Project on July 9, 2014. The Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, and Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA) held a joint hearing on August 13, 2014 to consider revised preliminary design plans. Minneapolis held a public hearing on municipal consent for the revised plans on August 19, 2014. The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners granted municipal consent for the Southwest LRT Project at a special board meeting on August 29, 2014.

Freight Rail and Route Alternatives (2013)

 

Freight Rail Open Houses, June 2013

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

  • June 13, Benilde-St. Margaret's School, St. Louis Park

Station Location Open Houses, June 2013

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.

  • June 17, Metro Transit Heywood Office Building, Minneapolis
  • June 17, Harrison Recreation Center, Minneapolis
  • June 18, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins
  • June 20, Beth El Synagogue, St. Louis Park
  • June 24, Kenwood Community Center, Minneapolis
  • June 26, Eden Prairie City Center, Eden Prairie

Freight Rail Engineering Concepts Community Meetings, July 2013

The project hosted community meetings on July 17 and 18, 2013, on engineering concepts for resolving the location of freight rail in the design of the project. The concepts explored various possibilities for co-locating freight and LRT tracks in Minneapolis, as well as options to reroute freight rail traffic in St. Louis Park to make way for LRT tracks. The relocation concepts presented differed from the one described in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). Feedback from these community meetings was shared with members of the project’s Business and Community Advisory Committees, the Corridor Management Committee and the Metropolitan Council to help them understand the issues around co-location and relocation as they provide input. The event flyer (PDF) includes a map showing freight rail relocation and co-location concepts.

Minneapolis Segment Recommendation Open House, October 2013

The Metropolitan Council hosted a public open house on October 10, 2013 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. This event followed the Southwest LRT Project Office's presentation of a draft recommendation to the project's Corridor Management Committee on October 2, 2013. This draft recommendation is described in the event flyer (PDF).

The Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA) published the Southwest Transitway Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on October 11, 2012. HCRRA, which served as the project sponsor and Responsible Governmental Unit during preparation of the Draft EIS, hosted three public hearings in November 2012 to receive comments on the document. The purpose of these hearings was to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the content of the Draft EIS document; no action was taken at the hearings.