Southwest Light Rail Transit

METRO Green Line Extension – Eden Prairie to Downtown Minneapolis

The METRO Green Line Extension (Southwest LRT or SWLRT) will operate on a route from downtown Minneapolis through 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.

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What Shelter in Place Means for Southwest LRT

 
Under Governor Walz's Emergency Executive Order 20-20, transportation, logistics and public works have been designated as critical sectors and are exempted from the stay at home order to perform work duties. This includes transportation projects like Southwest LRT as well as public transit workers. Southwest LRT construction will continue within the cities of Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins, St. Louis Park and Minneapolis. The civil contractor is practicing working environment protocols (asking employees to stay home if they are sick, social distancing, etc.) as outlined by public health agencies. Essential Met Council staff continues to monitor and review construction activities and conditions through our field inspectors and their on-site reporting. Community Outreach Coordinators are available by email or phone during this time and our construction hotline is still answered 24/7. 

In addition, the latest information on the state’s response can be found on the Minnesota Department of Health’s website.

Executive order 2020 (PDF)

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One of the most active areas of Southwest LRT project construction this season has been near the Cedar Lake Channel in Minneapolis  where crews have been busy constructing a new freight rail bridge.  The above video shows the civil contractor working to preserve the historic WPA wall during construction. 

Construction hotline

  • For urgent Southwest LRT construction issues, call the 24-hour hotline at 612-373-3933 for assistance. Call the hotline for problems such as blocked access to business or residential areas, improper traffic sign placement, or parking issues.
  • For general questions or comments about Southwest LRT, contact your Community Outreach Coordinator.
  • For emergencies, always call 911.

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.