Why Minneapolis SHOULD Consent to the SWLRT Tunnel Plan

  The Southwest Light Rail (SWLRT) corridor, otherwise known as the Green Line Extension, sure is one heavily debated and contentious project.  While there are technical and political questions along the entire route, what to do about routing freight, LRT, and bikes through the Kenilworth Trail between West Lake Street and 394 is undoubtedly […]

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Share The Pain: SWLRT Related Trail Closure

SWLRT Construction’s massive transportation impact As part of the SWLRT construction, the Cedar Lake Trail is now closed between Hopkins and Minneapolis. For two to three years. Never fear, there is a detour. Let’s take a look at it. Official SWLRT Trail closure and detour map These detours certainly get a cyclist from one side […]

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SWLRT: A Retrospective Link Roundup

Have you heard the news today, oh boy? (Okay, yesterday.) The costs of the SWLRT are ballooning — up to $2B, in fact. By the math, that’s 333 Vikings pedestrian bridges, and change. Between ongoing legal and political battles from city, county and suburbs, to newly-identified soil contamination that’s worse than anticipated, to an […]

Chart of the Day: Projected SWLRT Boardings circa 2007

[…] seems like endangered water under the expensively reconstructed bridge, but (via Brendon Slotterback’s Twitter), here’s a chart from a 2007 document from back in the Southwest Light Rail (SWLRT) planning daze. Here are the projected boardings for the different modes and alignments that were on the table at the time: As Slotterback says, “Route 3A (the selected route) was […]

SWLRT West Lake Station: Avoiding Future Regrets

West Lake Station portion of roll plot (SWLRT Project Office proposed plans July 2014) I’ve appreciated the streets.mn blogging about Central Corridor coulda-woulda-shoulda’s. Other than signal-timing, I think it’s fair to say they mainly relate to pedestrian needs. Well, pedestrian needs have gotten short shrift to date for the SWLRT West Lake Station (also future Midtown […]

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In Eulogy? SWLRT Alignment (video)

With news today that the latest cost estimates have approached the $2 billion mark, there is much speculation on Twitter that this news might mean the end of the SWLRT Green Line extension to Eden Prairie. https://twitter.com/search?q=swlrt&src=tyah

Why Minneapolis SHOULD NOT consent to the SWLRT tunnel plan

The City of Minneapolis learned about the proposed shallow tunnel option for the Southwest Light Rail project earlier this spring. Today, the Metropolitan Council was scheduled to go forward with a vote to approve the shallow tunnel option as the solution to the freight rail issue–had it not been for Governor Dayton stepping in on […]

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SWLRT Construction: A Bike Tour of the Construction

[…] In Golden Triangle, south of 70th Street. Looking north. The light rail will either parallel the trail or replace it. The crane does not relate to the SWLRT construction. US 212 just north of Flying Cloud Drive. Another light rail bridge will go over from the right and touch down just to the left […]