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. 

Latest News


12/4/2014
The eighth issue of Extending Tracks features information on local funding, environmental testing and landscape planning for the Kenilworth area.

11/24/2014
Three bridge concepts for the Kenilworth channel crossing on the Southwest LRT (METRO Green Line Extension) would reinterpret the existing wooden railroad bridge with new low-profile structures.

9/4/2014
A new chapter begins for the METRO Green Line Extension following approval from all the cities on the line, including Minneapolis. 

8/29/2014
A Minneapolis City Council vote granting the project municipal consent allows the Metropolitan Council to seek approval from the federal government to enter Final Engineering.

 

Route

The route of the Green Line Extension was initially established through the adoption of the “Locally Preferred Alternative” (LPA) by the Metropolitan Council in May 2010.  During Project Development phase, alignment adjustments to the LPA route were made to improve transit operations and accommodate local conditions. The adjusted LPA route was approved by the Metropolitan Council as part of its approval of scope and budget in April 2014.

The Southwest LRT Project Office prepared this narrated visualization of the Locally Preferred Alternative route in 2012, showing an aerial view of the route from Eden Prairie to downtown Minneapolis. This visualization does not reflect adjustments made to the LPA during Project Development. The visualization will be updated in 2014.

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 2016 and 2018. The Project will begin passenger service as an extension of the METRO Green Line in 2019.