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. 

Latest News

Requests from the Equity Commitments Coalition for SWLRT accelerated and sharpened the Metropolitan Council’s work on transit equity.

A joint public hearing on the revised Minneapolis portion of the Southwest LRT municipal consent plans will be held Aug. 13, 2014.

Today, Metropolitan Council Chair Susan Haigh and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges announce a tentative agreement regarding the plan to build the Southwest Light Rail Project.

The sixth issue of Extending Tracks features information on Southwest LRT fieldwork underway during Summer 2014. 



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

On July 9, 2014, the Metropolitan Council revised the scope and budget for the Southwest LRT (METRO Green Line Extension) Project. Minnesota’s “municipal consent” law (Minn. Stat. 473.3994), requires municipalities along the project route and Hennepin County to review preliminary design plans and vote to approve or disapprove the plans. This process will be extended to allow the Minneapolis City Council and Hennepin County Board of Commissioners to review the revised Project elements within Minneapolis. For more information, visit the Municipal Consent page

The Southwest LRT Project is currently in the Project Development phase of the Federal Transit Administration’s New Starts funding process. 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.