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St. Louis Park, Eden Prairie Approve SWLRT Monday

Updated: 07/14/2014 10:52 PM
Created: 07/13/2014 8:43 AM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

The voting on the Southwest Light Rail Transit project continued this week.

The 15-mile train line would run from Target Field in downtown Minneapolis through St. Louis Park, Minnetonka, Hopkins and Eden Prairie.

Eden Prairie approved it on a 4-1 vote, on Monday.

St. Louis Park voted to approve the proposal, but changed the language and shut the door on the relocation of freight trains.

Last week, St. Louis Park opted to postpone their vote. Since then, the Metropolitan Council and the city of Minneapolis have made an agreement to amend parts of the project along Kenilworth Corridor.

It will eliminate the proposed train tunnel north of the channel that connects Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles. The change also adds a train stop at 21st Street and saves around $30 million in construction costs.

Hennepin County voted last Tuesday to approve the portions of SWLRT that go through St. Louis Park, Hopkins and Eden Prairie. They will vote on the new Minneapolis section sometime in August.

Also next month, Minneapolis will vote to approve the new conditions. The city had not scheduled a voting date prior striking the deal with the Met Council.

Minnetonka and Hopkins have also approved the plan.


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