Met Council pays $27.5 million for St. Louis Park rail line, future site of SWLRT

The Metropolitan Council has paid $27.5 million for about eight miles of rail line in St. Louis Park that will become a pathway for the Southwest Light Rail.

The sale closed Dec. 11, according to a certificate of real estate value made public Thursday. Soo Line Railroad is the seller.

The $2 billion, 14.5-mile Southwest Light Rail project, or SWLRT, will extend the existing Green Line from downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie. There will be 16 stations on the line. A team of Black River Falls,…