Dylan Thomas

Minneapolis gives Southwest light rail the green light

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The Minneapolis City Council voted 10–3 Friday to grant municipal consent for the $1.65-billion Southwest Light Rail Transit project, becoming the last of five cities on the 16-mile route to give trains the green light.

Having won the necessary local approvals, the Metropolitan Council can now apply to the federal government to begin final engineering on Southwest LRT, an extension of the Green Line already connecting Minneapolis and St. Paul. If all goes as planned, passenger service between Minneapolis and Eden Prairie will begin in 2019.

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