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

The tenth issue of the Southwest LRTproject newsletter features information on station design and upcoming public involvement opportunities. 

The Metropolitan Council will host a series of open houses in communities along the Southwest LRT route to share information about station architecture and receive public input. 

Met Council Chair Adam Duininck and Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board President Liz Wielinski announce that the two agencies have reached an understanding.

The ninth issue of the Southwest LRT Project newsletter features recent news and a look ahead to upcoming developments in station design. 



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.