Get Ready for Southwest LRT!
Welcome to the place to stay current on Community Works initiatives – on this site you can track how communities along the Southwest Corridor are partnering to get ready for the proposed new Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) Project!
Scheduled to open in 2018, the SWLRT line will extend 15 miles from Target Field Station in downtown Minneapolis through St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie, and will carry 30,000 riders per day. Along with this new transit line will come many opportunities for development and community growth.
Southwest LRT Community Works was created by Hennepin County in 2009 to put in place partnerships that will catalyze transit oriented development along the corridor, connect communities to LRT stations, and create welcoming spaces around LRT stations. This effort supports LRT design and construction work by focusing “beyond the rails” including developing detailed plans for station area neighborhoods near proposed LRT stations. The goal is to be ready for the LRT project to open in 2018 by working now on plans to welcome new businesses, residences, shopping, dining, green spaces and more.
The Transitional Station Area Action Plan (TSAAP) process has been completed, and the Southwest Corridor Investment Framework represents all of the work that was completed throughout the planning process. Access the document here to learn more about what’s next for the station areas as they prepare for the Southwest LRT.
We want your input! Use this site to explore the Southwest Corridor, see and follow station area planning work, and get involved.