Draft EIS

Southwest Transitway Draft Environmental Impact Statement

The Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA) was the project sponsor and Responsible Governmental Unit (RGU) through the completion of the Draft EIS. HCRRA published the Draft EIS and received comments from October 11, 2012 through December 31, 2012. The Metropolitan Council's Southwest LRT Project Office supported HCRRA during the preparation of the Draft EIS. Upon transfer of RGU authority from HCRRA to the Metropolitan Council, HCRRA transferred the comments received on the Draft EIS to the Metropolitan Council for analysis during Preliminary Engineering and development of the Final EIS.

The Draft EIS describes and discusses: 

  1. The purpose and need for the project;
  2. The alternatives considered;
  3. The impacts of those alternatives; and
  4. The agencies and persons consulted.

Getting Started

The Executive Summary [PDF] summarizes key information from the Draft EIS and appendices, and answers frequently asked questions.
Draft EIS Chapters
Draft EIS Appendices
Responses to Surface Transportation Board
Draft EIS Comments

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