Southwest LRT planners are looking ‘years beyond’ 2023 opening - 1

Crews recently placed the bridge span for the Beltline Boulevard regional trail bridge over the freight rail tracks in St. Louis Park as part of the Southwest Light Rail project. Project leaders have announced a delay in the project, but have not yet determined the length or cost of the delay. (Photo courtesy of Met Council)

The Southwest Light Rail Transit line could open years later than scheduled.

The Metropolitan Council had anticipated passenger service would open on the line in 2023. However, project director Jim Alexander told the St. Louis Park City Council Feb. 1, “We had 2023 for revenue service, and we don’t see 2023 happening. I think that’s reality. We’re looking years beyond that. That’s something we’re trying to sort through, but I can tell you 2023 is out of the picture.”

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