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 2024.
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 eleven LRT stations, with five stations in Brooklyn Park:
- 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.
Revised Bottineau LRT Project Schedule
- Negotiations with the BNSF Railroad
- Federal funding requested, this authorizes the federal government to provide funding for the project
- Line opens for passenger service
TOD zoning is adopted
What is TOD zoning?
Transit-oriented development (TOD) zoning gives direction to the design of buildings, sidewalks, parking, and other infrastructure. TOD zoning promotes walkability and a mixture of uses, such as office, retail, and residential. To make station areas welcoming, pleasant, and accessible to all transit riders, the City of Brooklyn Park adopted Transit-oriented Development (TOD) zoning standards in July 2018. Based on years of station area planning, it was determined this is the best way to ensure high-quality development along the line. The consulting firm Perkins & Will was hired with grant funds to do the TOD zoning work. They met with property owners and residents last year to make sure community voices were included in the zoning code and helped the City craft five different TOD Districts, each catering to the unique layout and needs of the area over which they regulate.
Why is the city doing this work?
Ensuring that high quality, accessible, and equitable development projects happen along the LRT line is a priority. Different TOD tools help to ensure that future development along the line maximizes the LRT investment and benefits to Brooklyn Park residents and businesses. For example, small block sizes, reduced travel lane widths on local streets, and active frontages (all aspects of the TOD zoning regulations) will help make walking to and from stations much more pleasant. These design standards will benefit all riders but is especially noticeable for parents with strollers, wheelchair users, younger residents, older people, and many business owners who will also see increased revenue with the increase in foot traffic.
Where is the TOD work going to be applied?
The TOD work will be applied within half mile of the 5 station areas in Brooklyn Park. The new code will focus on properties identified in the station area planning process as areas likely to redevelop. More resources and information can be found through the links below.
West Broadway Avenue Streetscape Design Manual
LRT is not the only new element coming to West Broadway Avenue. Along with construction of the train, the streetscape will undergo changes to include a multi-use trail and new landscaping on both sides of the road. Reconstruction of the road will allow the trails, cars, and train to exist together safely. Some small strips of land along the corridor will be acquired to make room for the trails and streetscape improvements.
In fall of 2017, Blue Line project staff from the Met Council and Hennepin County talked to the impacted property owners and discussed the acquisition process and minimizing negative effects on property values. Project staff will begin full negotiations with affected property owners through winter 2019 and into 2020. Affected property owners will get more details about the process once it is underway. Overall, project staff anticipates minimal impacts to properties and limited acquisitions along West Broadway Avenue.
This image shows the landscaping improvements, new residential fence, and trail along West Broadway Avenue.
The METRO Blue Line Extension (BLRT) has two advisory committees for Brooklyn Park. One for business members and one for community members. The purpose of these committees is to serve as a voice for the community and to provide guidance to the BLRT Corridor Management Committee (CMC) on community issues during the engineering and environmental phases of Blue Line project development. Members serve from early 2019 to December 31, 2020.