Southwest Light Rail Transit

METRO Green Line Extension – Eden Prairie to Downtown Minneapolis

Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933

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.

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Southwest LRT Construction Update: July 10, 2020 


Freight Railroad Operations in Construction Zones
While Southwest LRT is under construction along freight railroad corridors, we engage onsite railroad personnel (“flaggers”) to help keep everyone safe. Every person that enters a construction job site involving the railroad must first sign-in with the area flagger, where they get information about daily train operations. Flaggers are in communications with railroad control about the arrival of trains and tracks their progress as the trains proceed through construction areas. As trains approach job sites, the flagger connects with onsite construction crews to make sure equipment and personnel are clear of the freight track well in advance of passing trains. In addition to flaggers, signs are also posted along work zones to alert train operators they are entering an active construction zone. Freight railroad regulations call for operators to sound their horns in a specific pattern when entering work zones as an additional layer of safety.

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SWLRT Trail Detour Map

To help trail users navigate detours, we now have a Google mapping tool that can help you in the field. To view a larger version click on the square in the upper right hand corner.  

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.