Light Rail Transit
Metro Blue Line extension (Bottineau LRT)
Estimated 2018 construction
Estimated 2021 opening
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.
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.
The route includes 11 LRT stations with five stations in Brooklyn Park, which include:
Oak Grove Parkway
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.
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.
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
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
5200 85th Ave. N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
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