The following article by Janet Moore was published in the September 3, 2015 issue of the
For SWLRT, Timeline is Emerging
Lawsuits, financial concerns, municipal approvals still remain for the $1.77 billion project.
Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune
When asked if there was a contingency plan should the state not ante its share for the Southwest light-rail project, Met Council Chair Adam Duininck said, “There really isn’t one.”
The Southwest light-rail line continues to face serious legal and financial challenges, but on Wednesday, stakeholders began discussing an actual timeline for construction of the $1.77 billion project.
“It’s not too early to talk about construction on this project,” said Craig Lamothe, project director, at a Southwest LRT Corridor Management Committee meeting.
Construction of the 14 ½-mile line — the biggest public works project in state history — will begin in 2017 and last two years. The transit line linking downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie is slated to open in 2020, a year later than originally forecast.
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Southwest light-rail project planning continues, despite delays, uncertainties