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
  • Comment on proposed bus service improvements

    Residents are encouraged to provide feedback through the end of November on a draft plan that will guide future expansion of Metro Transit’s local and express bus service.  A public hearing and several public meetings will be held in November.                 

    Date: 10/24/2014
    Time: 11:58 AM
    Location: Various - see details

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  • Council Member Work Session Oct. 27

    Metropolitan Council Members will hold a Work Session on the 2040 Transportation Policy Plan.

    Date: 10/27/2014
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: Heywood Office Chambers,
    560 N. 6th Avenue, Minneapolis

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