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Light Rail Transit

Metro Blue Line extension (Bottineau LRT)

Start date

Estimated 2018 construction

End date

Estimated 2021 opening

Project overview

The proposed METRO Blue Line Extension project will bring light rail transit to the northwest communities of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro as early as 2021.

Route

The line, also called the Bottineau LRT, will travel 13 miles northwest of downtown Minneapolis from Target Field Station through Golden Valley before heading north along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad corridor into Robbinsdale, Crystal and Brooklyn Park, where it will end north of Highway 610.

Stations

The route includes 11 LRT stations with five stations in Brooklyn Park, which include:

  • Oak Grove Parkway
  • 93rd Avenue
  • 85th Avenue
  • Brooklyn Boulevard
  • 63rd Avenue

Ridership

The line is expected to carry 27,000 riders daily by 2030.

Connecting rail and bus lines

Once complete, it will connect the region’s northwest communities to:

  • LRT on the METRO Green Line
  • Future LRT on the METRO Green Line extension (Southwest LRT)
  • Bus rapid transit on the METRO Red Line
  • Northstar commuter rail line
  • Local and express bus routes

The increased transportation connectivity will provide access to employment, educational and entertainment opportunities for residents of Brooklyn Park.

Tour the proposed route

Station area planning and next steps

Engineering work is progressing from 15 percent level of design to 30 percent by late summer. Additionally, the final Environmental Impact Statement is expected to be published in summer 2016. Also in 2016, final decisions on what properties will need to be acquired will be decided as engineering plans become more detailed.

Neighborhood fit

Hennepin County is exploring how transit stations will fit into surrounding neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life for people who live, work, play, visit and worship in the corridor.

Locally, city planners and the design team are beginning to work on the streetscape design for West Broadway Avenue.

Public input

The city and the county process both allow residents, business, and property owners the opportunity to give feedback on design elements such as landscaping, lighting, trees, trails, public art, and other public amenities.

More information on station areas

Download the Brooklyn Park Station Area Planning Presentation November 4, 2015 (PDF)

Visit Bottineau Corridor Community Works

LRT Municipal Consent process

In December 2015, after more than a year of joint work between cities, Hennepin County and the METRO Blue Line Extension Project staff, the Met Council approved a revised project scope and cost estimate for the METRO Blue Line Extension LRT project.

New project scope

The new project scope includes several items that will come to Brooklyn Park such as five light rail stations, which are located at:

  • Oak Grove Parkway
  • 93rd Avenue
  • 85th Avenue
  • Brooklyn Boulevard
  • 63rd Avenue

City passed Municipal Consent process plans

On February 22, 2016, the City Council signed off on the proposed LRT project, as part of a process known as Municipal Consent. The City council passed the Municipal Consent process plans with a 5-2 vote. Minnesota State Law requires the Met Council to request Municipal Consent from all communities affected by the proposed transit project.

During the Municipal Consent process, the public was invited to view the preliminary plans and provide feedback to the Met Council and the City.

More information on the municipal consent process

Get more information on the Municipal Consent plans

More information on the overall light rail project

Visit Metropolitan Council's METRO Blue Line Extension

Contact us

City Hall

5200 85th Ave. N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
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Hours

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 
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