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Light Rail Transit

Metro Blue Line extension (Bottineau LRT)

Timeline

March 2010

Final alternatives analysis study report published

June 2012

Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA) recommends construction of light rail

May 2013

Met Council adopts the route and mode recommended by HCRRA

March 2014

Bottineau Transitway Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) published

August 2014

The Federal Transit Authority (FTA) approves the Blue Line Extension to enter project development phase, Met Council becomes project lead

July 2016

FTA and Met Council publish Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)

September 2016

FTA issues Record of Decision. Met Council approves final scope and budget, Determination of Authority Application to enter engineering submitted

2017

Engineering phase begins, includes completion of all design and engineering plans

2018

Project receives a full funding grant agreement from the FTA, authorizing the federal government to provide funding for the project

2018 to 2020

Construction

2021

The Blue Line Extension begins passenger operations

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 will travel 13 miles northwest of downtown Minneapolis. The train will travel from Target Field Station in downtown Minneapolis through Golden Valley before heading north along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad corridor into Robbinsdale, Crystal and the 63rd Avenue station in Brooklyn Park.  From there, the trail will move onto West Broadway Avenue through Brooklyn Park before ending north of Trunk Highway 610 at the Oak Grove Parkway station.

Stations

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

  • Oak Grove Parkway and West Broadway
  • 93rd Avenue North and West Broadway
  • 85th Avenue North and West Broadway
  • Brooklyn Boulevard and West Broadway
  • 63rd Avenue North and Highway 81

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

Brooklyn Park worked with the Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County and Brooklyn Park residents on the station area plans for the stations along the line. Station area planning is a community-driven process that produces a plan for the area within a half-mile radius or about a ten-minute walk from the station platform. A station area plan informs elements such as lighting and street crossings and works to ensure the station fits into the surrounding community.

Station area planning for the METRO Blue Line LRT Extension focused on having community dialogue about the needs, desires, and concerns regarding the station area. The Health Equity Engagement Cohort (HEEC), a collective of neighborhood-based organizations, has been helping the City of Brooklyn Park, the Metropolitan Council, and Hennepin County determine how to provide housing, transportation, jobs, parks, and activity options that are accessible and affordable to everyone along the corridor.

Brooklyn Park approved the new station area plans in July 2016.

Station are plans July 2016 (PDF)

Upcoming work includes advancing placemaking work with local organizations, working with the business community on a mitigation strategy prior to construction of the line, and studying transit-oriented development zoning for Brooklyn Park’s station areas.

More information on station areas

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

Visit Bottineau Corridor Community Works

Station design, streetscape and fencing

On November 17, 2016, the Metropolitan Council along with Hennepin County, and the City of Brooklyn Park held an LRT open house at the new Brooklyn Park library. Residents learned about the station design process, reviewed station design concepts, and gave feedback to the project staff.

Residents also gave feedback on the proposed residential fencing options and streetscape design for West Broadway Avenue. Staff members from the Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County and Brooklyn Park were all available to gather community feedback and answer residents’ questions.

November 2016 open houses

Advisory committees

Throw your hat in the ring and serve on a Light Rail Transit (LRT) Advisory Committee!

The City of Brooklyn Park is now taking applications to fill a vacancy on the Citizens Advisory Committee and a vacancy on the Business Advisory Committee. Each committee provides guidance to the METRO Blue Line Extension Corridor Management Committee on community issues during the engineering and advanced planning phase of the project. Each position will serve a two-year term starting in 2017.

Deadline

May 5, 2017

Apply

Apply for a LRT advisory committee

Meeting schedule and charters

Business Advisory Committee proposed meeting schedule and charter

Community Advisory Committee proposed meeting Schedule and charter

West Broadway Design Manual

The West Broadway Design Manual is here!

The City of Brooklyn Park in collaboration with Hennepin County, Blue Line Project staff, two consulting firms, and business owners and residents of Brooklyn Park have created a comprehensive design manual to guide the implementation of design elements and helps with decision making about public investment in the West Broadway Avenue corridor. Along with LRT, West Broadway will be getting a face lift and transformed into a multi-modal transit corridor. Once complete transit users, pedestrians, cyclists and automobiles can all comfortably use the corridor.

The design manual is meant to guide thinking about streetscape elements along West Broadway on:

  • Lighting
  • Landscaping
  • Seating and other street furnishings
  • Fencing
  • Pavement options

Read the West Broadway Design Manual (PDF)

Open houses

Join us in the Mississippi Room at the Brooklyn Park Library on April, 13 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a METRO Blue Line Extension Open House! This is an opportunity to see updated design plans and hear about the project next steps.

View upcoming open houses

LRT Municipal Consent

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 Metropolitan 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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