Southwest Light Rail Transit
Green Line Extension – Eden Prairie to Downtown Minneapolis
Alternatives for improved transit in the Southwest Corridor have been under study since the mid-1980s. In November 2009, the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA) recommended construction of a light rail transit (LRT) line between Eden Prairie and downtown Minneapolis. The proposed line would connect near Target Field with the Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT, in service since 2004) and the Green Line (Central Corridor LRT, entering service in 2014), as well as the Northstar commuter rail line. As currently proposed, the line would be 15.8 miles long with 17 new stations. The total project cost of $1.25 billion would be funded through a mix of federal, state and local sources.
The Southwest LRT/Green Line Extension Project is currently in the Project Development phase. The Project received approval to enter Preliminary Engineering (PE) from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in September 2011. In January 2013, the Council awarded contracts for Preliminary Engineering services to two companies. In 2013, the Federal Transit Administration transitioned the Southwest LRT project to Project Development, in response to the implementation of MAP-21.
The Project Development process will take about two years and complete about 30 percent of the design work. During this phase, the Council and project partners will: select an alignment alternative; finalize plans for station placement and design; refine estimates of project costs, benefits and impacts; finalize management plans; and identify and fully commit local funding sources.