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
  • In 2010, there were approximately 58,100 jobs within ½ mile of the proposed stations and 116,100 jobs in downtown Minneapolis.  By, 2035, employment is expected to grow to 92,400 within ½ mile of the proposed stations and 145,900 in downtown Minneapolis, a 37% increase in employment.
  • In 2010, there were about 33,600 people within ½ mile of the proposed stations and 19,600 residents with access to the 5 shared stations in downtown Minneapolis.  By, 2035, population is expected to increase by 55 percent to 51,900 within ½ mile of the proposed stations, as well as 82 percent increase to 35,600 in downtown Minneapolis.
  • Total project budget of $1.79 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
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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

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