The largest public sector project in Minnesota broke ground today. Representatives from Local 49 were in attendance at the Southwest Light Rail Line (SWLRT) groundbreaking ceremony held in Hopkins at the site of the future SWLRT support facility.
The Southwest Light Rail project will create 7,500 construction jobs, and have 16 stations starting in Minneapolis and ending in Eden Prairie.
Jason George, Local 49 Business Manager, said, “The groundbreaking of the Southwest Light Rail Line project marks a monumental day for members of Local 49. This project has been something that we have long advocated for, as it will bring thousands of union construction jobs to our members. We’re proud to be a part of another historic project that will be a pivotal fixture in the Twin Cities for years to come.”
Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Tina Smith, Representative Keith Ellison, and other government officials instrumental in the project spoke at the historic groundbreaking ceremony.
Peter McLaughlin, Hennepin County Commissioner, commended labor for their efforts in making this project possible.
“Organized labor fought to build this and make this happen. We are so lucky to have skilled trades people in our state to build this,” McLaughlin said.
The SWLRT is expected to start carrying passengers in 2023.