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
  • A 15.8-mile route serving the growing communities of Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie
  • Sixteen new stations 
  • More than 210,000 jobs and 60,000 people in 31,000 households are presently located within one-half mile of the proposed Southwest LRT stations
  • The Southwest Corridor is projected to add 30,000 households and 60,000 new jobs by 2030 – more than any other part of the metropolitan area except the Central Corridor
  • Total project budget of $1.7 billion, funded by a combination of federal, state and local sources
  • Early construction is scheduled to begin in 2015, heavy construction in 2016

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
  • Transportation Plan Workshops are April 30, May 1

    Join transportation planners and policymakers at an upcoming workshop to provide your experiences with our region's transportation system and your ideas about what kind of transportation investments are most important.

    Date: 4/30/2014
    Time: 6:00 PM
    Location: 2 locations--see details

    More Details
  • Bottineau Transitway Draft EIS Public Hearings in May

    The Bottineau Transitway Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) Notice of Availability is scheduled to be published next Friday in the April 11 edition of the Federal Register. The document will be available for public and agency comment until midnight, May 29.

    Date: 5/7/2014
    Time: 6:00 PM
    Location: 4 locations--see details

    More Details