Serving Key Employment and Residential Areas in the Southwest Corridor

The Southwest LRT (METRO Green Line Extension) will extend the METRO Green Line (Central Corridor LRT) approximately 16 miles from downtown Minneapolis through the rapidly growing southwestern communities of St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Eden Prairie. This area, known as the Southwest Corridor, contains a concentration of businesses including several of the state’s largest employers. 

Route Map

The map below shows the preliminary design for track alignment and stations as approved by the Metropolitan Council in July 2014. This route generally follows the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) selected by the Metropolitan Council in 2010; adjustments to the LPA were made during Project Development to improve transit operations and accommodate local conditions. 

Southwest LRT route map
Click on the map above for a larger version, or view a PDF route map


Route Visualization

The Southwest LRT project prepared a narrated visualization of the Locally Preferred Alternative in 2012, showing an aerial view of a journey from Eden Prairie to downtown Minneapolis along the proposed route. This visualization does not reflect adjustments made to the Locally Preferred Alternative during Project Development. The visualization will be updated in 2014. 

Route Selection

The route of the METRO Green Line Extension was selected to help meet the current and future transportation needs of the region.

More than 199,000 jobs and 63,000 people are presently located within one-half mile of the proposed Southwest LRT stations. The Southwest Corridor is projected to add 56,000 residents and 83,000 new jobs by 2030. 

Several key roadways serving the corridor have received high mobility deficiency ratings from MnDOT, and no major expansions or improvements are planned for the corridor after the completion of the Hwy. 169/I-494 interchange. As the numbers of people and jobs in the corridor increase, traffic congestion will worsen, making the area less economically attractive—unless new transportation options are created. A comprehensive evaluation of alternatives showed that light rail transit is the best option for maintaining mobility in the Southwest Corridor, connecting employers and workers and mitigating the adverse economic impacts of increasing traffic congestion.

Upcoming Events
  • Housing Policy Plan Amendment Public Hearing is May 4, 2015

    The Council will hold a public hearing May 4 during its Community Development Committee meeting to receive comments on a proposed amendment to the 2040 Housing Policy Plan.  The amendment would add the methodology for calculating the 2021-2030 Allocation of Affordable Housing Need and annual Housing Performance Scores, as well as the review criteria for the housing element of Comprehensive Plan updates.

    Date: 5/4/2015
    Time: 4:00 PM
    Metropolitan Council, Chambers
    390 Robert Street North
    Saint Paul, MN 55101

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