Project Facts

About the Southwest LRT Project

Southwest LRT at a Glance
  • The approximately 14.5-mile route will serve the growing communities of Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie [Map]
  • 15 new stations with connections to streets and trails will be built, attracting new residential and commercial development
  • Service will begin in 2023 as an extension of the METRO Green Line
  • In 2014, there were approximately 64,300 jobs within ½ mile of the proposed stations and 126,800 jobs in downtown Minneapolis.  By 2035, employment is expected to grow to 80,900 within ½ mile of the proposed stations and 145,300 in downtown Minneapolis – a 18% increase in employment
  • In 2014, there were about 35,800 people within ½ mile of the proposed stations and 16,400 residents with access to the 5 shared stations in downtown Minneapolis.  By 2035, the population within ½ mile of the proposed stations is expected to grow by 56 percent to 55,800, and the population of downtown Minneapolis is expected to grow by 117 percent increase to 35,600
  • The total project budget is $1.858 billion, funded by a combination of federal, state and local sources. More information
  • Construction is expected to begin in 2018. More information
  • An estimated 7,500 construction workers will be needed to build the line, with $350 million estimated construction payroll
  • Nearly 34,000 weekday boardings anticipated in 2040
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  • Housing forums are April 26 and May 10

    The Governor’s Housing Task Force will be holding two regional forums in the Twin Cities to inform the development of Task Force recommendations. 

    Date: 4/26/2018
    Time: 6:00 PM
    Location: Two locations - see details.

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  • 2019 MCES Open House & Budget Workshops are May 24, June 7

    Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) will be hosting its annual open house and workshop for city officials (elected and staff) to discuss MCES’ financial structure, budget trends and capital needs. 

    Date: 5/24/2018
    Time: 9:00 AM
    Location: Two locations - see details.

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