Public Involvement

Public involvement 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, hosted numerous workshops, open houses, and other events that involved community residents in the design process.

For upcoming public involvement events, please see the latest construction update.

Advisory committees

The project's advisory committees provide guidance and oversight.

Upcoming Meeting

The City of Minneapolis will be hosting a meeting about rail safety during Southwest LRT Construction.  Residents will get informations from the Southwest LRT Project office, and the City's Fire and Emergency Management Division.  There will be question and answer session with attendees after the presentation.  This is a legislatively mandated meeting.  The meeting call-in number and agenda can be found below.  For questions regarding the meeting and agenda please contact Loren Olson, Government Relations Representative, at
Answers to questions submitted by the community can be found here
Wednesday, September 30
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
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+1 612-276-6670   United States, Minneapolis (Toll)
Conference ID: 128 965 574#


Presentations (7:00-7:50)

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
Questions and Answer Period (7:50-8:30)

Past meetings and events

Information on past public involvement activities, including meeting materials.


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 are available as PDF documents: