Light Rail Transit
Metro Blue Line extension (Bottineau LRT)
Engineering phase begins, includes completion of all design and engineering plans.
Project receives a full funding grant agreement from the FTA, authorizing the federal government to provide funding for the project.
2018 to 2020
The Blue Line Extension begins passenger operations.
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.
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.
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
Station designs continue to get more detailed as the line enters the 90% designed phase. These images show the most recent station designs.
63rd Avenue station
85th Avenue station
93rd Avenue station
West Broadway will also be getting a new fence along the trail. After several community discussions and meetings, this style was chosen by the residents to be installed alongside the trail.
More information on station areas
Download the Brooklyn Park Station Area Planning Presentation November 4, 2015 (PDF)
Visit Bottineau Corridor Community Works
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:
Seating and other street furnishings
Read the West Broadway Design Manual (PDF)
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