LRT through Kenilworth Trail? Study meeting is May 12

Organizers studying Hennepin County rail transit are gearing up for new public meetings, including one in Southwest on Thursday, May 12, 6-8 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center, 2101 W. Franklin Ave.

The meetings continue work on a 2003 light-rail transit study of Southwest suburb-to-downtown links via the Kenilworth Corridor, which runs through the Cedar-Isles-Dean, Kenwood and Bryn Mawr neighborhoods.

In late 2003, a Policy Advisory Committee (PAC), made up of elected officials and transit experts, recommended the further study of four options:

1A – From Hwy. 312 in Eden Prairie through the Kenilworth Corridor into downtown;

2A – Heading from the Southwest Metro Transit Station in Eden Prairie along Highway I-494 to the Kenilworth Corridor and into downtown;

3A – Following a route from the Southwest Metro Transit Station past the Eden Prairie Central Mall, the Golden Triangle, Opus and downtown Hopkins, before connecting to the Kenilworth Corridor heading into downtown;

4A – Heading from downtown Hopkins along rail authority property, connecting to the Kenilworth Corridor and heading into downtown.

The new study will continue to analyze transit alternatives, focus on potential environmental effects, mitigation plans and options for retaining current bike and walking trails. The new phase is expected to take between 18 and 21 months.

According to the 2003 study findings, the project could cost from $430 million to $925 million in 2010 dollars, with operating costs of $7 million to $18 million depending on the different transit scenarios.

For more information about the study, contact Katie Walker at 348-2190 or visit tinyurl.com/bddxb, which will take you to the executive summary of the county’s rail corridor report.