METRO Green Line Extension

It's more than just a train — it's a community builder.

The METRO Green Line Extension (also known as the Southwest light rail project, or SWLRT) is a generational investment in our region’s transit system that adds 14.5 miles to the existing METRO Green Line, which connects downtown Minneapolis, downtown Saint Paul, and places in between. The new segment adds more stations in Minneapolis, plus St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Eden Prairie. That’s a one-seat ride to job centers, cultural features, and each neighborhood along its tracks.

This investment connects one city to the next, creating jobs for people from across Minnesota, building homegrown economies, and providing reliable transportation for thousands of residents. When our communities thrive, the rest of the region thrives, too. That’s why the Met Council is investing in this project, and why we count on partnerships and investments in each city along the METRO Green Line Extension.

Independent review report

The Office of the Legislative Auditor has released a report capturing the findings of a special, independent review to outline the budget and timeline for the METRO Green Line Extension project, currently under construction between Eden Prairie and downtown Minneapolis. The project will also directly serve the cities of Minnetonka, Hopkins, and St. Louis Park.

Traffic impacts for Summer 2022 

Summer road closures are a necessary but unfortunate part of construction of large-scale projects like the Green Line Extension LRT Project. Already, travelers on roads such as Excelsior Boulevard in Hopkins and West 70th Street in Eden Prairie have felt impacts from road closures. Below are two areas where upcoming closures are expected to impact local traffic. Additional closures will be announced in future construction updates as details are finalized.

Cedar Lake Parkway in Minneapolis: The long-term closure of Cedar Lake Parkway began on May 23. This closure is needed to construct the portion of the Kenilworth LRT tunnel that extends under Cedar Lake Parkway and is expected to last into spring 2023.

Beltline Boulevard/Ottawa Avenue South and Highway 7 in St. Louis Park: Lane and road closures on and around these roads continues. Phasing of construction will require rotating closures of lanes and roads.

Construction updates and detours

Explore the Green Line Extension

Collaboration and cooperation with countless supporters have shaped and given life to the vision of a better-connected region. A region that’s connected by the Green Line Extension. This line is not only for the residents, businesses, and visitors of downtown Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Eden Prairie — it will also connect people to places across the metro.

16 new stations have stimulated development that will provide affordable places for people to live and access the line. Connections to other METRO lines and countless local bus routes will bring people to jobs, jobs to communities, and returns to communities across the region. There’s much more to the METRO Green Line extension than meets the eye.

METRO Green Line Extension

Green Line Extension Project Office
Park Place West Building, Suite 500
6465 Wayzata Boulevard
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Construction hotline: 612-373-3933