Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan, along with the Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County, and the communities of Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins, St. Louis Park, and Minneapolis, are pleased to announce the Green Line Light Rail Extension, also called the Southwest LRT Project, has received its Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The FFGA provides nearly $1 billion in federal funds as a match to more than $1 billion of local funding and clears the way for the completion of Minnesota’s largest ever public works project.
The $928.8 million FFGA will cover nearly half of the $2.003 billion Southwest LRT Project and is the realization of a decades-old dream to construct a 21st century transportation system that will unite people and communities.
“From a member of Congress to this state’s Governor, the Southwest LRT has long been an important project to me,” said Governor Tim Walz. “While Southwest LRT is a project in the Twin Cities, there isn’t a county in the state this project won’t impact, from the businesses supplying construction material to creating thousands of jobs. I am pleased the Federal Transit Administration and the Trump Administration has recognized the importance of this project to Minnesotans. I can’t wait for my first ride.”
Construction of the project started in November 2018, and signs of progress can be seen throughout the project’s alignment. From Eden Prairie to Minneapolis, construction crews have been busy building tunnels, bridges, and stations in anticipation for opening day in 2023.
“Today is a joyous day for the people of Minnesota,” said Metropolitan Council Chair Charlie Zelle. “With the FFGA firmly in hand, the questions hanging over Southwest LRT are finally answered. I would like to thank our community partners in Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins, St. Louis Park, and Minneapolis for their valued input and unwavering support for the project. Additionally, I would like to extend my deepest thanks to Hennepin County; without their support, Southwest LRT would be a dream unrealized."
Read more about the grant agreement here.