Help plan Southwest LRT stations

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Residents along the route of the planned 15.8-mile Southwest light rail line from Eden Prairie to downtown Minneapolis will get a chance to weigh in on station locations and designs at six open house meetings this month. The free sessions are intended to identify 17 station plans that “would enhance connections to existing neighborhoods and promote future development opportunities,” according to a project news release.

In addition to pinpointing sites for each station, participants will help determine roadway, pedestrian, bicycle and bus connections as well as drop-off and park-and-ride locations.

The schedule:

Minneapolis:

  • 8-9:30 a.m. June 17 at Metro Transit’s Fred T. Heywood Office Building, 560 Sixth Av. N.

  • 4:30-7 p.m. June 17 at Harrison Recreation Center, 503 Irving Av. N.

  • 4:30-7 p.m. June 24 at Kenwood Community Center, 2101 Franklin Av. W.

St. Louis Park:

  • 4:30-7 p.m. June 20 at Beth El Synagogue, 5224 W. 26th St.

Minnetonka/Hopkins:

  • 4:30-7 p.m. June 18 at Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Main St.

Eden Prairie:

  • 4:30-7 p.m. June 26 at Eden Prairie City Center, 8080 Mitchell Rd.

People who need special assistance to participate should contact Daren Nyquist, the project community outreach coordinator, at least seven days in advance of a meeting at daren.nyquist@metrotransit.org or 612-373-3894