Met Council approves light rail from Minneapolis to Eden Prairie

Categories: Transportation

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Coming to the southwest suburbs
Plans for a third light rail line connecting downtown Minneapolis and Eden Prairie have won approval from the Met Council.

The 14-mile, $1.25 billion Southwest Corridor route will run through Minnetonka, Hopkins and St. Louis Park and link up downtown with the Hiawatha line, the just-begun Central Corridor line, and existing Northstar commuter rail line at the new Target Field Station.

The Federal Transit Administration is expected to pick up half the cost of the project.

Just two days ago, the Met Council learned the Central Corridor line jumped the final hurdle in the way of the FTC paying for 50 percent of the $957 million, 11-mile line connecting St. Paul and Minneapolis.

The Southwest line will need to meet similar federal requirements.

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