Project Facts

Numbers, Dates and Frequently Asked Questions

Project at a Glance

  • Service will begin in 2019 as an extension of the METRO Green Line
  • An approximately 16-mile route serving the growing communities of Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie
  • Seventeen new stations with connections to streets and trails, attracting new residential and commercial development
  • More than 199,000 jobs and 63,000 people in 39,000 households are presently located within one-half mile of the proposed Southwest LRT stations
  • The Southwest Corridor is projected to add 56,000 households and 83,000 new jobs by 2030
  • Total project budget of $1.65 billion, funded by a combination of federal, state and local sources
  • Construction is expected to begin in 2016
  • Nearly 34,000 weekday boardings anticipated in 2030

Project Timeline

The history of the Southwest LRT Project began with initial environmental studies in 2009 and the project has continued to gather momentum since then. Learn more about the history of the Project and future milestones.

Frequently Asked Questions

From travel times to job opportunities, click on a topic below to learn more. 

Upcoming Events
  • Industrial Pretreatment Incentive Program public hearing is November 18

    Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) will conduct a public hearing to provide information and receive public comment on a proposed program that will provide a partnership and incentive to help high-strength wastewater producers develop pretreatment facilities (e.g. anaerobic digestion) on their industrial sites.

    Date: 11/18/2014
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: Metropolitan Council Chambers
    390 North Robert Street, Saint Paul, MN

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  • Partnership for Regional Opportunity Meeting is November 19

    The Partnership for Regional Opportunity is a region-wide cross-sector collaboration that is a year-long continuation of the Corridors of Opportunity initiative.  The Partnership will meet 6 times in 2014.  The sixth meeting is Wednesday, November 19.  Meeting details can be found at the Partnership for Regional Opportunity website.

    Date: 11/19/2014
    Time: 12:30 PM
    Location: Metropolitan Council
    390 North Robert Street
    Saint Paul, MN 55101

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