Senator Franzen authors legislation to fund SW Corridor Light Rail
Senator Melisa Franzen (DFL-Edina) has introduced legislation to connect the western suburbs to downtown Minneapolis. The Southwest Light Rail Transit (LRT) line will extend Target Field Station through St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie, a total of 15 miles. Senator Franzen’s legislation will provide Capital Investment funding for the project.
“It is time to move this project forward,” said Sen Franzen. “The business community, cities and residents are all on board. We need the Legislature to step up and make an investment that will pay big dividends for the West Metro.”
The proposed project has received a green light from each city connected to the Southwest LRT (St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka, Eden Prairie and Edina). Chambers of Commerce in the Twin Cities region and the Southwest Corridor have also offered support.
“This is a great investment for our communities,” said Sen. Franzen. “The LRT construction will be good for both businesses and their employees.”
Proponents of the project believe the Southwest LRT will benefit businesses by connecting workers and employers by improving mobility in the Corridor. It is estimated that the line will serve 210,000 jobs.
“If we want our businesses to grow, we need to develop a transportation system that can keep up with demand,” said Sen. Franzen. “We know that our highway system cannot keep up and this new light rail line will make a big difference for everyone in the West Metro.”
Senator Franzen is offering two bills to present different financing options. Her legislation is receiving support from her fellow West Metro colleagues. Senators Terri Bonoff (Minnetonka), Ron Latz (St. Louis Park), Bobby Joe Champion (Minneapolis) and Scott Dibble (Minneapolis, Senate Transportation Committee Chair) have all signed on as co-authors of the legislation.