Project Facts

Project at a glance

  • Service began June 14, 2014 as the METRO Green Line
  • An 11-mile route that connects downtown Minneapolis and downtown Saint Paul by way of the University of Minnesota and University Avenue
  • 18 new stations, plus five stations shared with the METRO Blue Line in downtown Minneapolis
  • Total project budget of $957 million, funded by a combination of federal, state, and local sources
  • Projected ridership of more than 40,000 weekday boardings in 2030
  • More than 5,500 construction, engineering, and other workers were employed on the Project
  • Operations and Maintenance Facility located in downtown Saint Paul
  • 47 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

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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.