What Southwest Light Rail Conversations Get Wrong

Is there anything new to say about the Southwest Light Rail? Everything and nothing, sound and fury. Angst and ennui.
Ironically, even this illustration is wrong.
OK, but even though much has been said, I still think people get the conversation wrong most of the time. I’d like to see a different discussion taking place.
Here’s what Southwest […]

New lightrail vehicles bring a fresh look to Twin Cities transit

[…] “Green Line” moniker that has been attached to the Central Corridor LRT project, and that the Hiawatha Line will soon be known as the “Blue Line”.  The Southwest LRT project is now being called the “Green Line extension”, and the Cedar Avenue and Interstate 35W BRT services are planned to be known as the […]

Southwest Light Rail: What Are We Trying to Accomplish?

Part of the proposed SWLRT route
The Southwest Light Rail debate puts transit advocates in a difficult spot. Do we champion any transit expansion even if its benefits are questionable and opportunity costs very high? Why support a major project that benefits a relatively small group of people while doing nothing for anyone else?
If the […]

A Southwest Light Rail Explainer

[…] acquired) Blue Line out of the way, and the obvious Green Line connecting Downtown Minneapolis and Downtown St. Paul in the bag, less speculative planning for the Southwest Corridor got underway.
A required alternatives analysis (AA) compared two routes (and others) for a southwesterly-oriented light rail route from Downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie. The AA […]

Can We Kill Two Birds with One Stone when it Comes to Light Rail Planning?

With all the controversy about the Southwest Corridor alignment (especially its rising construction costs), a question could be is why don’t we merge the Southwest Line project with the planned Bottineau Line project?
Matt Steele’s post from last month has some great ideas on improving our light rail system, but I have another idea similar […]

No Need for Vandalism on the Greenway & Kenilworth

The Southwest Light Rail debate has been heated. Suffice it to say, there is no shortage of opinion. The debate on streets.mn was mostly polite. This was either a victory for civility or Minnesotans being Minnesotans.
The best way to understand the complicated debate would be to read Nick Magrino’s “A Southwest Light Rail Explainer” and Jeremy Mendelson’s “Southwest Light […]

Planned Light Rail Extensions Dodge Car-Free Workers

A Southwest Light Rail rendering.
We’re planning extensions to our light rail transit system in the Twin Cities! The Southwest Extension will bring the Green Line down to Eden Prairie, and the Bottineau Extension will send Blue Line service up to a Target corporate headquarters and a greenfield in Brooklyn Park. The price of the two projects was […]

“All Options on the Table” with Southwest Corridor

Lots of news on the Southwest Corridor lately. You may have heard about it:
The question of which route is chosen is important not only for the lightrail system Hennepin County wants to build, but also for the rest of the metropolitan area in terms of rail transit philosophy.
That’s because this southwest route offers county […]

Trimming Southwest Light Rail

[…] recent cost estimate, Metro Transit staff has offered up a menu of options to trim $341 million from the cost of the Green Line Extension in the Southwest Corridor to keep the budget at $1.653 billion. The options were evaluated against these criteria:

Follow SWLRT Design Criteria, including criteria for safety & security
Positively impact (increase) […]

Endangered Kenilworth Shark Another Hurdle for Light Rail Planners

[…] of the Isles has created yet another challenge for the planners and engineers working on the long-planned extension of the Green Line light rail project into the southwest suburbs. Called the Minnesota lake shark, or selachimorpha calhounus, and once thought to be be extinct, the appearance of of the fish in the murky spring […]