Commuter trains on the horizon for Edina and other southwest Minneapolis suburbs
By Kim Melin
Transportation into downtown Minneapolis and to some of the other suburbs surrounding Edina will be easier and better for the environment starting in 2017. That’s when the SouthWest Corridor light rail transit line should be operational. The line will run from downtown Minneapolis into Eden Prairie. Along the way, there will be three stops in St. Louis Park—Beltline, Wooddale and Louisiana—and three stops in Hopkins—Blake, Hopkins and Shady Oak. While not actually stopping in Edina, some of the stations will be conveniently located to Edina residents. Once it’s up and running, hopefully by 2017, an estimated 30,000 people will ride the LRT daily, comparable to the Hiawatha line’s current ridership. When riders transfer lines they will be able to travel on to the airport, the Mall of Ame...