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

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 Corridor Management Committee’s recommendation to the Metropolitan Council preserves a majority of project elements and a projected average weekday ridership of 34,000 in 2040.

Representatives of project funders, the county and cities along the planned Southwest LRT line are trying to decide whether to make Town Center or Southwest in Eden Prairie the westernmost station.



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 2017 and 2019. The Project will begin passenger service as an extension of the METRO Green Line in 2020.