Dylan Thomas

Southwest LRT opening pushed back

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It now appears a Southwest light rail transit line will begin operations in 2019 at the earliest, a year later than the 2018 opening date long projected by planners.

Opening date could come as late as 2021 depending on how an impasse over its route through Minneapolis’ Kenilworth Corridor is resolved, Metropolitan Council planners said Wednesday. That’s the timeline if a freight rail line is first rerouted out of the Kenilworth Corridor to St. Louis Park, as Minneapolis leaders would prefer.

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