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
On March 15, the Office of the Legislative Auditor released a second report capturing the findings of a special, independent review of the Metropolitan Council's decision making for the METRO Green Line Extension project.
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.