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Sierra Club names Southwest LRT one of best transportation projects

Posted at 1:40 PM on December 19, 2012 by Jessica Mador (0 Comments)
Filed under: Suburbs, Transportation

A new report from the Sierra Club names the Southwest light rail line one of the nation’s best transportation projects. The report, Smart Choices, Less Traffic: 50 Best and Worst Transportation Projects in the United States, cites the planned line between Minneapolis and Eden Prairie for its connectivity. The line will connect job centers in the southwest metro to downtown Minneapolis and to Hiawatha, Central, and Northstar trains and buses that will converge at the planned Interchange near Target Field.

The report lauds the LRT’s estimated 30,000 rides per day projected by the year 2030.

The Met Council plans to vote Wednesday on whether to grant engineering contracts for the eastern and western halves of the line to Los Angeles-based AECOM and North Carolina-based Kimley-Horn & Associates. The Met Council is still looking for additional state funds for the project, which is currently entering into the preliminary engineering phase.
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