Three Minneapolis open houses this month for Southwest light-rail station locations

Planning for Southwest Light-Rail Transit connecting Downtown to Eden Prairie are getting more focused. Three open houses will be held in June for the public to learn and provide feedback on proposed location for stations along the 15-mile line.

Plans call for 17 stations, including five new ones in Minneapolis. The draft environmental impact statement identified the station locations to the nearest cross streets. Designers and engineers now need to fix the locations of station platforms; the roadway, pedestrian, bike and bus connections to these stations; and the locations of park-and-rides and passenger drop-off areas in relation to the stations. They would like to know which of the options being considered would enhance neighborhood connections and promote development.

Minneapolis open houses

June 17, 8 to 9:30 a.m.
Metro Transit’s Fred T. Heywood Office Building
560 6th Ave. N

June 17, 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Harrison Recreation Center
503 Irving Ave. N

June 24, 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Kenwood Community Center
2101 Franklin Ave. W

People who require assistance to participate should contact Daren Nyquist, Southwest LRT community outreach coordinator, at daren.nyquist@metrotransit.org or 612-373-3894. Requests for special assistance should be made a minimum of seven business days in advance of the scheduled meeting.

More information is available at www.southwesttransitway.org.

Published Jun. 7, 2013