Public meeting on Southwest LRT set for Tuesday

City officials are holding a meeting Tuesday, July 8 at Anwatin Middle School’s auditorium, 256 Upton Ave. S., to allow for public comment on the Southwest Light-Rail Transit Project.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. and be an adjourned meeting of the City Council’s Transportation and Public Works Committee.

City leaders have been in mediation with the Metropolitan Council over the project. They have been tight-lipped about the discussions. 

In April the Metropolitan Council voted for a proposed route that allows for the co-location of light rail and freight trains in the Kenilworth Corridor — a plan many residents in the corridor and city leaders have long opposed.

The City Council has yet to announce a date for voting on municipal consent for the nearly $1.7 billion project that will link Minneapolis with Eden Prairie.

The line would be an extension of the Metro Green Line, which recently opened and links downtown Minneapolis with St. Paul. 

Cities along the proposed Southwest LRT line have until Monday, July 14 to vote on granting municipal consent for the project.