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 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.
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
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.
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 ½ 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.
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.
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. The open house gave residents the chance to learn about the station design process, review station design concepts, and give feedback to the project staff.
The open house also gave residents the opportunity to provide 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.
Here is a link to the open house presentation materials.
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:
• Seating and other street furnishings
• Pavement options
JOIN US in the Mississippi Room at the Brooklyn Park Library on APRIL 13th from 4:30 to 7:30pm for a METRO Blue Line Extension Open House! This is an opportunity to see updated design plans and hear about the project next steps. Follow this link to see a full list of opportunities to attend LRT Open Houses.
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
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
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