Southwest Light Rail Transit

METRO Green Line Extension – Eden Prairie to Downtown Minneapolis

The Southwest Light Rail Transit (LRT) project (METRO Green Line Extension) will operate from downtown Minneapolis through the communities of St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Eden Prairie, passing in close proximity to Edina. It will be part of an integrated system of transitways, including connections to the METRO Blue Line, the Northstar Commuter Rail line, bus routes and proposed future transitways. The total estimated project cost of $1.77 billion will be funded through a mix of federal, state and local sources, with federal funds making up approximately half the total. At Target Field Station in Minneapolis, Green Line Extension trains will continue along the METRO Green Line, providing one-seat rides to the University of Minnesota, State Capitol area and downtown St. Paul. 


Latest News

This issue of the Southwest LRT newsletter includes articles on the municipal consent process, environmental compliance, and a new visualization of the Green Line Extension route.

The Metropolitan Council will host a Construction Contracting Kick-Off event for the Southwest LRT Project Oct. 21, 2015.

Metropolitan Council/Hennepin County/Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA) will jointly hold the first public hearing on the revised Southwest LRT preliminary design plans on Aug. 27.

Southwest Station will become the Southwest LRT's westernmost stop and Town Center Station will be deferred as part of $250 million in cost reductions approved July 8 by the Metropolitan Council.



The Southwest LRT project prepared a narrated flyover visualization of the METRO Green Line Extension route. This visualization shows changes to the project made in 2015 and approved by Hennepin County and the cities along the route during the municipal consent process in summer 2015. Closed captioning and a transcript of the narration is also available.

Project Status

The Southwest LRT Project is currently in the Project Development phase of the Federal Transit Administration’s New Starts funding process. All five cities along the proposed alignment and Hennepin County have now approved preliminary design plans for Southwest LRT. The next phase is Engineering, which is scheduled to begin in 2015. Heavy construction is scheduled to take place between 2017 and 2019. The Project will begin passenger service as an extension of the METRO Green Line in 2020.