Project Facts

Numbers, Dates and Frequently Asked Questions

Project at a Glance

  • Service began June 14, 2014 as the METRO Green Line
  • An eleven-mile route that connects downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul by way of the University of Minnesota and University Avenue
  • Eighteen new stations, plus five stations shared with the Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT) in downtown Minneapolis
  • Total project budget of $957 million, funded by a combination of federal, state and local sources
  • Projected ridership of over 40,000 weekday boardings in 2030
  • More than 5,500 construction, engineering and other workers have been employed on the Project
  • Operations and Maintenance Facility located in downtown St. Paul
  • Forty-seven new Light Rail Vehicles were built
  • Heavy construction began in 2010 and ended in 2012
  • More than 12,000 tons of rail were required for the project

Frequently Asked Questions

From noise mitigation to green building practices, click on a topic below to learn more. 

Project Timeline

The history of the METRO Green Line began with initial environmental studies in 2001. Learn more about the history of the METRO Green Line.

Upcoming Events
  • 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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