The Southwest Light Rail Transit (Southwest LRT), or METRO Green Line Extension, is a high-frequency train that will connect downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie through St. Louis Park, Hopkins and Minnetonka.
Construction work on Southwest LRT is underway. Stay informed about the latest project information and sign up for weekly project updates, or follow the project on Twitter @SouthwestLRT. More details about this project are available at SWLRT.org.
The lead agency is the Metropolitan Council, and the Southwest LRT Project Office manages the project, addresses public comments and provides project updates.
When Southwest LRT opens in 2023, as an extension of the METRO Green Line, it will connect major activity centers and be part of an integrated system of transitways, including connections to the METRO Blue Line, the Northstar Commuter Rail line and many bus routes.
The roughly $2-billion project is the largest infrastructure project in the state’s history, funded by the Metropolitan Council and project partners through a mix of federal, state and local sources.
Southwest LRT Community Works was created by Hennepin County in 2009 to develop partnerships that would catalyze transit-oriented development along the corridor, connect communities to LRT stations and create welcoming spaces around LRT stations. This effort supports LRT design and construction work by focusing “beyond the rails,” including developing detailed plans for station area neighborhoods near proposed LRT stations. Visit SWLRTCommunityWorks.org to learn more.