We know that decisions about incoming light rail will impact our community for generations. On Thursday, August 27th at 5pm at the Central Library in Minneapolis, the Metropolitan Council is holding a join community session regarding significant and far-reaching changes to the Southwest Light Rail Transit Line.
This will be our community's last chance to comment on the proposed changes before they move forward in the process. Here at HNA, we know that low-income folks, communities of color, and renters often have their needs left out of the transit process - unless we speak up. Making a transit system that serves the needs of the whole community means a safer, more vibrant, and more sustainable city for everyone. Please join your neighbors, community leaders, and the staff of the Harrison Neighborhood Association at the listening session and make sure your voice is heard!
More details on the proposed changes to the SWLRT plan:
The Corridor Management Committee - a decision-making body made up of elected officials throughout the corridor and others - recommended making Southwest Station in Eden Prairie the westernmost stop, eliminating the original westernmost station at Mitchell Road, and deferring construction of Town Center Station. Plans for public art were eliminated, plans for landscaping and amenities off station platforms were reduced, parking spaces were trimmed from 3,834 to 2,487 and the opportunity for joint development deleted at Blake Station.
The changes address the need to reduce project costs while maintaining strong ridership projections that will help secure federal funding. The 14.5-mile line with 15 stations is scheduled to open in 2020, and around 34,000 average weekday boardings are expected by 2040.
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