MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The city of Minneapolis and the Metropolitan Council have reached an agreement that may remove a major obstacle to the third leg of the metro area's light rail system.

Reports say the two sides have agreed to drop one of two planned tunnels for the Southwest leg that would someday carry commuters to the western suburbs.

Minneapolis leaders had been slow to embrace plans to route the leg through its borders due to objections from some residents.

The price tag for the project is an estimated $1.65 billion.