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 14.5 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.
The map below shows the track alignment and stations locations.
The route of the METRO Green Line Extension was selected to help meet the current and future transportation needs of the region.
More than 191,000 jobs and 52,000 people are presently located within one-half mile of the proposed Southwest LRT stations and existing stations in downtown Minneapolis. The Southwest Corridor is projected to add 39,000 residents and 35,000 new jobs by 2035.
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.