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Light Rail Transit

Metro Blue Line extension (Bottineau LRT)

Start date

Estimated 2018 Construction

End date

Estimated 2021 Opening

LRT municipal consent process

The Met Council’s project office is on track to request the Brooklyn Park City Council sign off on the Blue Line Extension project on February 22, as part of a process known as Municipal Consent. Minnesota state law requires the Met Council to request Municipal Consent from all communities affected by the proposed transit project.

The LRT Municipal Consent plans include basic features such the LRT track alignment, location of station platforms, and other basic elements. During the Municipal Consent process, the public is invited to review the preliminary design plans and give comments to the City or Met Council. The City Council will then official vote on Municipal Consent on Monday, February 22, 2016.

More information on the municipal consent process

Get more information on the Municipal Consent plans

Project overview

The proposed METRO Blue Line Extension (Bottineau) project will bring light rail transit (LRT) to the northwest area of the Twin Cities with Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park at either end and will connect to the METRO Blue Line (Hiawatha), METRO Green (Central and Southwest) Line and Northstar Commuter Rail at the Target Field Station in Minneapolis. With up to 11 stations, Bottineau LRT is projected to carry 27,000 riders daily by 2030. It is scheduled to open as soon as 2021.

In June 2012, the Hennepin County Regional Rail Authority (HCRRA) recommended construction of the LRT line along West Broadway Avenue in Brooklyn Park, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad corridor and Olson Memorial Highway/Trunk Highway 55.

The Metropolitan Council adopted Hennepin County's recommendations in May 2013. The recommendations of the "Locally Preferred Alternative" (LPA) included the route and mode of transit.

All cities along the route passed resolutions of support for the preferred route.

More information on the overall light rail project

Visit Metropolitan Council's METRO Blue Line Extension

Station area planning is underway

With the METRO Blue Line Extension (Bottineau LRT) scheduled to open as soon as 2021, the county and city partners are preparing for the LRT through station area planning.

The county is looking at 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. This planning process allows residents, business and property owners an opportunity to provide input on land use, transportation and circulation issues, urban design and place making and the public infrastructure that makes for great neighborhoods.


Give feedback on the station area planning

More information on station areas

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

Visit Bottineau Corridor Community Works

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