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. The proposed alignment includes 17 new stations and approximately 16 miles of double track. 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 project cost of $1.65 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, Capitol area and downtown St. Paul.
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 2016 and 2018. The Project will begin passenger service as an extension of the METRO Green Line in 2019.