Open houses for proposed Southwest rail line

by Briana Bierschbach

In the midst of debate and indecision over the mitigation of the Central Corridor light rail line, state and city officials are garnering opinions on a new,14-mile line that would carry passengers from Minneapolis to Eden Prairie.


Curious rail riders can visit five open houses, starting next week, to learn more about the project and evaluate three potential routes that are being considered, according to MinnPost. Residents can also learn more about route alternatives, cost estimates and ridership forecasts.

According to a story run in the Minnesota Daily, the Southwest Transitway has been on the table for discussion since 1980, when the Metropolitan Council first did a feasibility study of light-rail projects in the metro area. The estimated cost of the project is between $865 million and $1.4 billion.


The specific route for the line has not been finalized yet, but is planned to serve Minnetonka, Edina, Hopkins and St. Louis Park.


Open houses:

  1. Tuesday, Aug. 11, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Hopkins City Hall, 1010 First St., Hopkins.

  2. Thursday, Aug. 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hennepin County Library–Central, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.

  3. Thursday, Aug. 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Minnetonka Marriott Hotel, 5801 Opus Parkway, Minnetonka.

  4. Tuesday, Aug. 18, 6:30 to 8 p.m., St. Louis Park City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd.

  5. Wednesday, Aug. 19, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Eden Prairie City Hall, 8080 Mitchell Road.