Project Facts

Numbers, Dates and Frequently Asked Questions

Project at a Glance

  • Service will begin in 2020 as an extension of the METRO Green Line
  • An approximately 14.5-mile route serving the growing communities of Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie
  • Fifteen 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 $1.744 billion, funded by a combination of federal, state and local sources
  • Construction is expected to begin in 2017
  • Nearly 34,000 weekday boardings anticipated in 2040

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
  • Southwest LRT joint public hearing is August 27

    The Metropolitan Council/Hennepin County Board of Commissioners/Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA) will jointly hold the first public hearing on the revised Southwest LRT preliminary design plans on Aug. 27.

    Date: 8/27/2015
    Time: 5:00 PM
    Location: Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

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