Southwest Light Rail Transit
METRO Green Line Extension – Eden Prairie to Downtown Minneapolis
The METRO Green Line Extension (Southwest LRT or SWLRT) will serve downtown Minneapolis and the communities of St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Eden Prairie. The line will include 16 new stations and will be part of an integrated system of transitways, including connections to the METRO Blue Line, the Northstar Commuter Rail line, and many bus routes. At Target Field Station in Minneapolis, Green Line Extension trains will continue along the METRO Green Line, providing one-seat rides to the University of Minnesota, State Capitol area, and downtown St. Paul. Read more project facts.
Southwest Light Rail Project Full Funding Grant Agreement Moving Forward with Congressional Notification
St. Louis Park, Minn. - August 5, 2020 - The Metropolitan Council along with Hennepin County, and the cities of Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins, St. Louis Park and Minneapolis are proud to announce the Trump Administration has advanced the Southwest LRT Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) to move forward with Congressional notification. The FFGA will free up $928.8 million in federal funds to cover nearly half the cost of Southwest LRT implementation. The $2.003 billion project will be the largest infrastructure project in the state’s history, creating nearly 7,500 jobs with a nearly $350 million payroll.
“This is incredible news for the Twin Cities and state of Minnesota,” said Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. “The Southwest Light Rail Project will be transformative for so many communities when complete and encapsulates the idea of a One Minnesota. I would like to thank President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and Acting Federal Transit Administrator K. Jane Williams for recognizing the importance of Southwest LRT and I eagerly await the signing of the FFGA.”
Following today’s signal of intent by the Trump Administration, the Full Funding Grant Agreement now heads to Congress for a 30-day notification. Following the Congressional notification, we are hopeful a FFGA will be awarded.
“Today’s announcement marks the culmination of decades of hard work by project staff, elected officials, corridor cities, and community advocates who all worked tirelessly to bring this essential project to fruition,” said Hennepin County Commissioner and Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority Chair Jan Callison. “This is a critical leg of our planned light rail network that will work alongside our roads, bridges, bikeways and walkways to carry our region into the future and prepare us for long-term growth and success. Now that the President’s administration has taken this step, I am confident members of Congress will also see the incredible value this project provides for the communities it will serve, the Twin Cities region, and the State of Minnesota.”
Construction on the project began in November 2018 and has been progressing steadily since. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA), granted the project four Letters of No Prejudice, which allowed local money to be spent and construction to advance.
“When I was appointed Met Council Chair, Governor Walz charged me to work with the Trump Administration to ensure Southwest LRT receives its Full Funding Grant Agreement. I am grateful for the strong collaboration with FTA, their recognition of the project’s benefits and notifying Congress,” said Met Council Chair Charlie Zelle. “I believe in transit and I believe in Southwest LRT and all the benefits it will bring to not only the Metro but for the State of Minnesota. We have already seen the private sector investment along the alignment, and we have heard from the community, which shares our enthusiasm for this project. I have no doubt members of Congress will also see these benefits.”
“A successful transportation system is a bedrock that keeps our economy growing and creates opportunities for our residents, businesses, and communities,” said Hennepin County Commissioner and Board Chair Marion Greene. “This line will connect workers to hundreds of thousands of jobs in one of the fastest growing parts of the Twin Cities. Like our region’s existing LRT corridors, this route is already attracting people and investment. I’m sure our congressional partners will share our enthusiasm for this historic investment in our region.”
Southwest LRT is a 14.5-mile line with 16 stations serving Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, nearby Edina, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie. In 2014, there were approximately 64,300 jobs within a half mile of the proposed stations and 126,800 jobs in downtown Minneapolis. By 2035, employment is expected to grow to 80,900 within a half mile of the proposed stations and 145,300 in downtown Minneapolis — an 18 percent increase in employment. The population along the line outside of downtown Minneapolis is expected to grow by 56 percent from 2014 to 2035.
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Southwest LRT Construction Update: August 8, 2020
Worker Safety Training
Safety remains a constant focus of the Southwest Project Office and contractor staff. Both entities have dedicated safety personnel that monitor construction sites for safety compliance, investigate safety issues, verify safety training requirements of all staff on site, and actively continue education on safety topics. Toolbox talks, where field staff gather to discuss a weekly safety topic, are a regular occurrence along the alignment. For example, during the summer heat, safety staff will check-in with crews about methods to avoid and monitor for heat stress.
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Explore The Route
Take a virtual flyover of the route of the METRO Green Line Extension from Eden Prairie through Minnetonka, Hopkins, St. Louis Park, and downtown Minneapolis. Key design features of the new light rail line include passenger stations, park-and-ride facilities, bridges, tunnels, and pedestrian/bicycle facilities. See more about the METRO Green Line Extension route and stations.