Southwest Light Rail Delayed Again

The Metropolitan Council has rejected all four construction bids for the light rail line as over budget and failing to meet key requirements of the bid request. Revised bids are now due in January 2018, delaying construction by about five months and pushing the earliest possible start of passenger service at the proposed West Lake Station until at least 2022. Moreover, the project is dependent on federal funding, which is not assured, and could be blocked by a legal challenge being brought by the Lakes & Parks Alliance.