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 2021 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 2017. 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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