Public open houses set for Southwest LRT station locations

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Date: 6/3/2013

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

Before finalizing station locations, project designers and engineers would like to know which of the options being considered for station locations would enhance connections to existing neighborhoods and promote future development opportunities. 

Staff will summarize and share the feedback with the project’s business advisory, community advisory and corridor management committees and the Metropolitan Council to help them understand the issues around stations as they provide their input. 

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement identified the station locations to the nearest cross streets. Now, project designers and engineers need to fix the locations of where station platforms will be built, the roadway, pedestrian, bike and bus connections to the stations and the locations of park-and-rides and kiss-and-rides in relation to the stations. 

A station locations open houses event flyer (PDF, 1.8 MB) provides information on the open houses and a schedule of times and locations.

The public is encouraged to attend the open houses held in the city where they live.


Open House Schedule by City 


Minneapolis 

All Minneapolis Stations: June 17, 8-9:30 a.m., Metro Transit’s Fred T. Heywood Office Building, 560 Sixth Ave N, Minneapolis. 

All Minneapolis Stations: June 17, 4:30-7 p.m., Harrison Recreation Center, 503 Irving Ave. N., Minneapolis. 

All Minneapolis Stations: June 24, 4:30-7 p.m., Kenwood Community Center, 2101 Franklin Ave. W, Minneapolis.

St. Louis Park 

All St. Louis Park stations: June 20, 4:30-7 p.m., Beth El Synagogue, 5224 W. 26th St., St. Louis Park. 

Minnetonka/Hopkins 

All Minnetonka/Hopkins stations: June 18, 4:30-7 p.m., Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins. 

Eden Prairie 

All Eden Prairie stations: June 26, 4:30-7 p.m., Eden Prairie City Center, 8080 Mitchell Rd., Eden Prairie.


Individuals who require assistance to participate should contact Daren Nyquist, Southwest LRT community outreach coordinator, at Daren.Nyquist@metrotransit.org or 612-373-3894. Requests for special assistance should be made a minimum of seven business days in advance of the scheduled meeting. 

About the project

The Southwest Light Rail Transit (LRT) Project (Green Line Extension) will operate from downtown Minneapolis through the southwestern suburban cities of St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Eden Prairie, passing in close proximity to the city of Edina.  The proposed alignment is primarily at-grade and includes 17 new stations and approximately 15.8-miles of double track.   The line will connect major activity centers in the region including downtown Minneapolis, the Opus/Golden Triangle employment area in Minnetonka and Eden Prairie, Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, the Eden Prairie Center Mall, and the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes. Ridership in 2030 is projected at 29,660 weekday passengers.  The project will interline with Central Corridor LRT (Green Line) which will provide a one-seat ride to destinations such as the University of Minnesota, state Capitol and downtown St. Paul.  It will be part of an integrated system of transitways, including connections to the METRO Blue Line, the Northstar Commuter Rail line, a variety of major bus routes along the alignment, and proposed future transitway and rail lines.  The Metropolitan Council will be the grantee of federal funds. The regional government agency is charged with building the line in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The Southwest Corridor Management Committee, which includes commissioners from Hennepin County and the mayors of Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Edina, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Eden Prairie provides advice and oversight. Funding is provided by the Federal Transit Administration, Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB), state of Minnesota and Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA). The Southwest LRT Project website is commissioners from Hennepin County and the mayors of Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Edina, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Eden Prairie provides advice and oversight. Funding is provided by the Federal Transit Administration, Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB), state of Minnesota and Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA). The Southwest LRT Project website is commissioners from Hennepin County and the mayors of Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Edina, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Eden Prairie provides advice and oversight. Funding is provided by the Federal Transit Administration, Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB), state of Minnesota and Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA).

Contact

Laura Baenen 
Communications Manager 
Southwest LRT Project 
Metropolitan Council 
651-602-1797 office 
612-269-4365 cell 
Laura.Baenen@metrotransit.org

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