Project Location

Adjacent to, or intersects areas of parkland in and around:

Bde Maka Ska Park
Bryn Mawr Meadows Park

Cedar Lake Park

Lake of the Isles Park

Park Siding Park

Project Manager

Michael Schroeder

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Language Resources

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Key Documents

Understanding Reached Between Met Council and MPRB (February 27, 2015)

MPRB response to Gov Dayton's recommendation to cut MPRB funding (January 27, 2015)

SWLRT Fact Sheet [PDF] (January 13, 2015)

Letter to Editor, Star Tribune [PDF] (October 23, 2014)


Current Phase: System Planning

What's New


Project History

July 15, 2015

  • Board Action - Resolution 2015-254

    • Resolution Approving the Comment Letter to Metropolitan Council for the Southwest Light Rail Transit Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement

March 4, 2015

  • Board Action - Resolution 2015-139
    • Resolution Determining that the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Will Not Pursue Tunnel Crossing Options for the Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) Project; Approving a Memorandum of Understanding with the Metropolitan Council that 1) Establishes a Process that Recognizes Parks and Park Resources in the Transit Project Development Process, 2) Outlines a Process for Collaboration Between the Southwest Project Office and MPRB on Design of Bridge Crossings at the Kenilworth Channel, and 3) Results in an Agreement Between the Metropolitan Council and the MPRB to Facilitate Approval and Construction of the SWLRT Project; and Authorizing the Superintendent to Initiate Agreements with Metropolitan Council to Reimburse the MPRB for Costs Related to Its Work on the SWLRT Project and the Blue Line Light Rail Transit Extension (Bottineau) Project

February 27, 2015

January 27, 2015

January 13, 2015

January 7, 2015 - Regular Meeting

  • Board Action - Resolution 2015-106
    • Resolution Authorizing an Amendment to Professional Services Agreement with Brierley Associates for Engineering Services Related to the Feasibility and Prudence of Kenilworth Channel Crossing Alternatives in the Amount of $248,275 for a New Contract Total of $493,775
  • Board Action - Resolution 2015-107
    • Resolution Approving a Letter Requesting a Meeting to Discuss Legal Jeopardy to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) New Starts Program Created by the Implementation of the Program for the Southwest Light Rail Transit Project in Minneapolis, Minnesota by the FTA and the Metropolitan Council

January 2, 2015

November 19, 2014 - Regular Meeting

  • Board Action - Resolution 2014-347
    • Resolution Authorizing a Professional Services Agreement with Brierley Associates for Engineering Services Related to the Feasibility and Prudence of Kenilworth Channel Crossing Alternatives in the Amount Up to $245,500

October 23, 2014

October 1, 2014 - Regular Meeting

  • Board Action - Discussion item
    • Presentation and Discussion on Stinson Leonard Street, LLP's Legal Review and Recommendations for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Regarding the Southwest Light Rail Transit Project

September 17, 2014 - Regular Meeting

  • Board Action - Resolution 2014-293
    • Resolution Authorizing a Professional Services Agreement with Stinson Leonard Street, LLP for Legal Services Related to the Southwest Light Rail Transit Project in the Amount of $22,000

May 21, 2014 - Regular Meeting

  • Board Action - Resolution 2014-209
    • Resolution Stating the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Determination That, Based on Southwest Light Rail Transitway Project Office Preliminary Finding of Feasibility, Tunneling LRT Under the Kenilworth Channel May be the Only Section 4(F) Feasible and Prudent Alternative Within the Shallow Tunnel Option Regarding Minneapolis Parkland Impacted by the Project, However that Determination Requires Greater Analysis

February 5, 2014 - Regular Meeting

  • Board Action - Resolution 2014-114
    • Resolution Urging the Southwest Light Rail Transitway Project Office to Conduct a Detailed Engineering Feasibility Study and Cost Comparison of Tunneling Under the Kenilworth Channel  as Part of the Shallow Tunnel Option

August 21, 2013 - Regular Meeting

  • Board Action - Resolution 2013-282
    • Resolution Stating the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board’s Position on Project Design Alternatives Recently Developed in the Preliminary Engineering Phase of Southwest Light Rail Transitway Planning

May 2, 2013 - Open House

December 5, 2012

November 26, 2012 - CAC Meeting

November 15, 2012

November 9, 2012

October 26, 2012

October 23, 2012 - CAC Meeting

September 6, 2012 - CAC Meeting

August 6, 2012 - CAC Meeting


September 27, 2011

May 17, 2011

March 17, 2011 - CAC Meeting

January 20, 2011 - CAC Meeting

December 16, 2010 - CAC Meeting

December 2, 2010 - CAC Meeting

November 18, 2010 - CAC Meeting

November 4, 2010 - CAC Meeting

October 14, 2010 - CAC Meeting

September 23, 2010 - CAC Meeting

September 10, 2010

  • MPRB convenes CAC to review Southwest LRT in relation to parkland

August 13, 2010

  • CAC to help develop recommendations regarding Southwest LRT and parkland

July 21, 2010

  • Charge and composition of the SW LRT CAC – Regular Meeting Minutes [PDF]
  • Staff Report [PDF]
  • September 1, 2010 – Revised CAC Charge - Regular Meeting Minutes – not yet posted online

January 2010


  • Bassett Creek Valley Master Plan

May 2004

  • Minneapolis Near Northside Master Plan

October 2000

April 1998

December 1997

July 1997

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Past Meetings

May 2, 2013 - Open House Flyer [PDF]

November 26, 2012 - CAC Meeting #12 Summary

October 23, 2012 - CAC Meeting #11 Summary

September 6, 2012 - CAC Meeting #10 Summary

August 6, 2012 - CAC Meeting #9 Summary

March 17, 2011 - CAC Meeting #8 Summary

January 20, 2011 - CAC Meeting #7 Summary

December 16, 2010 - CAC Meeting #6 Summary

December 2, 2010 - CAC Meeting #5 Summary

November 18, 2010 - CAC Meeting #4 Summary

November 4, 2010 - CAC Meeting #3 Summary

October 14, 2010 - CAC Meeting #2 Summary

September 23, 2010 - CAC Meeting #1 Summary

2010 Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC)

The CAC, appointed by park commissioners, city council members, the mayor, a county commissioner, and area neighborhood organizations, will work with MPRB staff and a consultant facilitator to fulfill the board’s charge.

CAC Members [PDF]

CAC Roles and Responsibilities [PDF]

CAC Application [PDF]

The CAC meets every month. More information can be found on the Metropolitan Council’s webpage.

As amended September 1, 2010 by the MPRB, the CAC charge is as follows:

Prepare recommendations to the Board on the contents of a formal Comment Letter in response to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Southwest Light Rail Transit Alternative 3A. The recommendations of the CAC shall focus on desired outcomes relative to historical, cultural, visual, recreational, social, environmental, and safety issues as they relate to lands owned or managed by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

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When built, the SWLRT corridor will extend from Eden Prairie to Minneapolis, crossing parkland at the Kenilworth channel between Lake of the Isles and Cedar Lake. Since 2012, the MPRB has consistently and regularly communicated, through public Board actions, its support of light rail transit and its position regarding the SWLRT options as they impact parkland. As stewards of all park assets, the Park Board has a fundamental responsibility to protect parkland. In November 2014, the MPRB hired experts to investigate in greater depth the options and costs for the SWLRT segment that crosses parkland. In late January 2015, Governor Dayton recommended reduced state funding for MPRB regional parks stating the MPRB was obstructing progress on the project. Park Board President Wielinski promptly issued a response reaffirming the MPRB’s support of light rail and our proactive efforts related to the project. Since then, the Met Council and the MPRB have been working closely to come to a resolution as quickly as possible. All resolutions, presentations and news releases to date are available in the Timeline tab.