Project Facts

Numbers, Dates and Frequently Asked Questions

Project at a Glance

  • Service began June 14, 2014 as the METRO Green Line
  • An eleven-mile route that connects downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul by way of the University of Minnesota and University Avenue
  • Eighteen new stations, plus five stations shared with the Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT) in downtown Minneapolis
  • Total project budget of $957 million, funded by a combination of federal, state and local sources
  • Projected ridership of over 40,000 weekday boardings in 2030
  • More than 5,500 construction, engineering and other workers have been employed on the Project
  • Operations and Maintenance Facility located in downtown St. Paul
  • Forty-seven new Light Rail Vehicles were built
  • Heavy construction began in 2010 and ended in 2012
  • More than 12,000 tons of rail were required for the project

Frequently Asked Questions

From noise mitigation to green building practices, click on a topic below to learn more. 

Project Timeline

The history of the METRO Green Line began with initial environmental studies in 2001. Learn more about the history of the METRO Green Line.

Upcoming Events
  • Industrial Pretreatment Incentive Program public hearing is November 18

    Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) will conduct a public hearing to provide information and receive public comment on a proposed program that will provide a partnership and incentive to help high-strength wastewater producers develop pretreatment facilities (e.g. anaerobic digestion) on their industrial sites.

    Date: 11/18/2014
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: Metropolitan Council Chambers
    390 North Robert Street, Saint Paul, MN

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  • Partnership for Regional Opportunity Meeting is November 19

    The Partnership for Regional Opportunity is a region-wide cross-sector collaboration that is a year-long continuation of the Corridors of Opportunity initiative.  The Partnership will meet 6 times in 2014.  The sixth meeting is Wednesday, November 19.  Meeting details can be found at the Partnership for Regional Opportunity website.

    Date: 11/19/2014
    Time: 12:30 PM
    Location: Metropolitan Council
    390 North Robert Street
    Saint Paul, MN 55101

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