Southwest Light Rail Extension Plan AdvancesThe project has faced issues along the way, including reaching agreements to share rail corridors with three different freight rail companies.
Republicans Move To Shift SWLRT Funds To Roads, BridgesRepublican lawmakers in Minnesota are moving to shift federal funds away from a planned light-rail route between Minneapolis and southwestern suburbs.
Hennepin Co., Other Partners To Cover SWLRT Funding GapThe Southwest Light Rail Transit project, whose future looked bleak after hopes of a special state legislative session were recently dashed, may now have another chance.
Gov. Dayton, GOP In Stalemate Over SWLRT, Transportation BillNo matter where they live, Minnesota lawmakers agree that state highways and bridges are in desperate need of upgrades. But they are paralyzed with the politics of paying for it.
Opponents Of SWLRT Tie Ribbons To Trees In Proposed Route's PathCritics of the proposed Southwest Light Rail line are trying something new in their attempts to stop the project. On Saturday they tied green ribbons on trees that they say would be taken out to make way for the tracks along the Kenilworth Corridor in Minneapolis.
After Big Cuts, Met Council Approves SWLRT PlansAfter years of controversy, plans to extend the light rail from Minneapolis to Eden Prairie are moving forward. But that means some big cuts to the original plan.
Metropolitan Council To Discuss Cuts To SWLRT LineThe Metropolitan Council is set to meet again Wednesday morning to go over ways to shrink the cost of the proposed Southwest Light Rail project. Reductions must be made after a recent estimate put the price tag at $2 billion, roughly 25 percent more than expected.
Met Council Struggles To Make $341M In SW Light Rail Project CutsThe Metropolitan Council has to cut millions of dollars from the Southwest Light Rail project. The Green Line extension will run from Eden Prairie to downtown Minneapolis. The Southwest LRT Corridor Management Committee met Wednesday morning to go over potential cost-saving options.
Citizen Group Files Lawsuit To Stop SWLRT PlansThe Southwest Corridor Light Rail project has another obstacle to overcome after a group filed a lawsuit to stop it. Lakes and Parks Alliance, a grassroots citizen group, claims the project violates state and federal law since the latest design was approved before the environmental impact study was complete.
Mpls. City Council Votes In Favor Of SWLRT PlanYears of debate surrounding the Southwest light rail transit project has led to a plan some Minneapolis City Council members call incomplete. But council members nonetheless voted to approve the latest plans for the railway that will connect suburbs like Eden Prairie, St. Louis Park, and Minnetonka to Minneapolis.
St. Paul To Vote On Streetcar StudyThere's a big transit vote Wednesday for the St. Paul City Council. They must decide whether to move ahead with a study that would make way for streetcars to return to downtown St. Paul. The project would cost $250 million.