Draft environmental impact statement for proposed Southwest Transitway now available

As crews continue work on the Central Corridor light-rail line, plans for a Southwest light-rail line are moving forward. Today, the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Southwest Transitway was released, which starts a 60-day public comment period.

The Southwest Transitway is a proposed 15-mile light-rail line linking Minneapolis with St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie. Public comment on the DEIS will inform preliminary engineering on the project, which is scheduled to begin in early 2013.

You are encouraged to take a look at the DEIS and share your thoughts on the project. The DEIS helps decision makers assess the effect the transit line would have on the community. It documents the need and purpose of the project and offers a discussion of alternatives considered.

Public meetings

Three public hearings are being held by Hennepin County to discuss the DEIS. Each one will be preceded by an open house, where you can learn more about Southwest Transitway DEIS.

4:30 p.m. (4 p.m. Open House) Tuesday, Nov. 13
Hennepin County Government Center
A-2400, 300 S. Sixth St., Minneapolis.

6 p.m. (5 p.m. Open House) Wednesday, Nov. 14
St. Louis Park City Hall
5005 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park.

6 p.m. (5 p.m. Open House) Thursday, Nov. 29
Eden Prairie City Hall
8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie.

The comment period is open until Tuesday, Dec. 11. To view the DEIS, go to www.southwesttransitway.org. Printed copies are also available at the following offices in Minneapolis:

Minneapolis City Hall
350 S. Fifth St.

Hennepin County, Housing, Community Works and Transit
701 Fourth Ave. S., Suite 400

Hennepin County Library – Franklin
1314 E. Franklin Ave.

Hennepin County Library - Linden Hills
2900 West 43rd St.

Hennepin County Library – Central
300 Nicollet Mall

Hennepin County Library – Sumner
611 Van White Memorial Blvd.

A printed copy of the DEIS is also available at the Southwest Transitway Project Office, 6465 Wayzata Blvd, Ste. 500, St. Louis Park.

Comments on the DEIS can be submitted at these open houses in the form of formal testimony. You can also submit written comments by email or by mailing them to: 

Hennepin County Housing, Community Works and Transit
Attn: Southwest Transitway
701 Fourth Ave. S., Suite 400
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Anyone with questions can contact Cara Lee: 612-348-6883 or cara.lee@co.hennepin.mn.us.

Published Oct. 12, 2012