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Light Rail Transit

West Broadway light rail design concept

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 2024.

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 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

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.

Project Timeline

2018

Engineering phase completed, including all design and engineering plans.

2019

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

2020 to 2023

Construction.

2024

The Blue Line Extension begins passenger operations.

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CDI community workshops held summer 2018

Corridor Development Initiative (CDI) workshops were held at the Brooklyn Park Library this summer, in partnership with North Hennepin Community College, African Career, Education, & Resource (ACER), the City of Brooklyn Park, Hennepin County, and Local Initiative Support Corporation Twin Cities (LISC).

These workshops brought together community members, business owners, local stakeholders, and design and development experts to create development guidelines for two key sites in the 85th Avenue LRT station area. Recommendations focused on maintaining neighborhood character by enhancing the pedestrian flow of the area, attracting smaller scale retail and services, and using public art or green space to make the station area memorable. There is a desire to ensure effective traffic flow and access to parking and retail services. These guidelines will be shared with any developers interested in building future projects in the 85th Avenue LRT station area.

More information

Jennifer Jordan
City of Brooklyn Park
Email Jennifer Jordan

Gretchen Nicholls
Twin Cities LISC
651-265-2280
Email Gretchen Nicholls

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.

Final TOD zoning code draft 

Draft TOD zoning code boundaries (MAP)

Joint City Council-Planning Commission work session held on April 18, 2018 (PDF)

Joint City Council-Planning Commission Work Session March 5, 2018 (PDF)

Draft Housing Gaps Analysis (PDF)

Draft Station Area Development Assessment (PDF)

Brooklyn Boulevard pedestrian demonstration project is complete 

Hennepin County, the City of Brooklyn Park, Cub Foods, Starlite Shopping Center, ACER, La Asamblea, and CAPI partnered this summer to install a temporary pedestrian demonstration project at the Starlite Shopping Center at West Broadway and Brooklyn Boulevard.walkway was installed that helps protect

This project included installment of a protected walkway and analysis of effectiveness of the walkway. The walkway helped guide pedestrians in from 76th Avenue and West Broadway Avenue toward the Cub Foods entrance in the Starlight Shopping Center. This walkway was installed in late June and continued until the end of September. Feedback from shoppers, employees, and community members regarding this project will help inform future solutions to pedestrian safety in this station area. 

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Purpose

The purpose of the demonstration project is to see if these changes improve pedestrian and bicyclists’ experience and safety. Many residents in the area do not own cars and a demonstration projects are a great tool to test out what improvements should be made in the area.

Right-of-way acquisition process along West Broadway Avenue

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.

West Broadway light rail station concept

More information 

Read the West Broadway Design Manual (PDF)

Bottineau Corridor Community Works

Tour the proposed route

More information on the light rail project

Visit Metropolitan Council's METRO Blue Line Extension

Contact us

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5200 85th Ave. N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
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