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Office of the Legislative Auditor - Program Evaluation Division

Southwest Light Rail Transit Construction: Metropolitan Council Oversight of Contractors

June 28, 2023

We found that the Metropolitan Council has not adequately enforced several aspects of its key Southwest Light Rail Transit (Southwest LRT) construction contracts, nor does it have adequate documentation to support some project decisions. We make recommendations to the Council to improve its construction management processes.

The Office of the Legislative Auditor is issuing multiple reports on the Southwest Light Rail Transit project.

In addition, the Minnesota Department of Transportation conducted a peer review of the project in December 2022.

Update released in 2024.

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Office of the Legislative Auditor, Room 140, 658 Cedar St., St. Paul, MN 55155 : or 651‑296‑4708