The Council's most visible light rail projects are those currently in construction or engineering phases. Additional proposed routes would expand the system to better connect all parts of the region.
Central Corridor - Green Line
Central Corridor light rail - the future METRO Green Line - connects downtown Minneapolis and downtown Saint Paul, passing through the University of Minnesota's main campus and along University Avenue. The project is nearing completion, with all stations and rail in place. Throughout 2013, project staff will be testing equipment and finetuning systems in preparation for beginning service in 2014. Details about the Central Corridor project.
Southwest - Green Line Extension
The Southwest light rail - a future extension of the METRO Green Line - is a 15-mile route between Eden Prairie and downtown Minneapolis that passes through Minnetonka, Hopkins and St. Louis Park. This area is home to more than 210,000 people and encompasses several key employment centers, making it an important economic growth area for the Twin Cities. More about the Southwest light rail project.
Bottineau - Blue Line Extension
The proposed Bottineau light rail route would travel through the cities of Minneapolis, Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal and Brooklyn Park. It would be an extension of the METRO Blue (Hiawatha) line and connect to the Green (Central and proposed Southwest) LRT lines and Northstar commuter rail line near Target Field. Details about the proposed Bottineau light rail project.