Blue Line Extension Light Rail Transit project

We describe the METRO Blue Line Extension Light Rail Transit (LRT) project.

Key information

Dates

2020-2022

Location

North Minneapolis, Robbinsdale, Crystal, and Brooklyn Park

Citywide

Project overview

This project will extend the current Blue Line LRT. The proposed route will travel from Target Field Station to Brooklyn Park.

The project will:

  • Connect people to new opportunities and destinations.
  • Provide better transit service by lowering travel times.
  • Commerce and service areas near the line will now have easier access via transit
  • Provide better access to education and employment opportunities on transit routes.
  • Support the City's mode shift goals. See strategy 6 from the Transportation Action Plan

Project partners will also address related issues, including:

  • Housing
  • Economic development
  • Land use planning
  • Displacement

Project partners

 

Route details

The extended Blue Line LRT route will travel north from Target Field station, through North Minneapolis up to Brooklyn Park. Target Field station connects to three lines in Downtown Minneapolis:

  • Green Line to St. Paul
  • Northstar Commuter Rail Line
  • Hiawatha Corridor to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport and Mall of America

Original plan and route modifications

2012

In 2012, an original plan for this project used the BNSF rail corridor. This corridor travels through Crystal, Robbinsdale, and Wirth Park in Golden Valley.

2020

In 2020, Hennepin County announced that the railroad company said no to construction of the LRT Extension on its property. Project partners started the process to determine a route for the Blue Line without using railroad property.

2021-2022

After looking at many options, the Metropolitan Council recommended a route change. This new route does not go through railroad property and was recommended in June 2022:

See the BLRT Route map.

  • Brooklyn Park, Crystal and Robbinsdale: From Oak Grove Parkway to 73rd Avenue
    • Stations at:
      • Oak Grove
      • 93rd Avenue
      • 85th Avenue
      • Brooklyn Boulevard
  • Bottineau Boulevard (County Road 81): From 73rd Avenue to West Broadway Avenue
    • Stations at:
      • 63rd Avenue in Crystal
      • Bass Lake Road in Crystal
      • Downtown Robbinsdale
      • Robbinsdale North Memorial Hospital
  • Connecting to North Minneapolis

Many options including:

    • An option on 21st Avenue North from Irving Avenue, or
    • A connection along West Broadway Avenue.
  • Connecting to Target Field in Downtown Minneapolis

Options including but not limited to Lyndale Avenue or Washington Avenue North.

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Community input on new connections

During the second half of 2022, the project team continues to explore a route from West Broadway to Downtown Minneapolis. This route will follow the recommendation from the Metropolitan Council.

The project is now in an environmental evaluation phase, where the components of each connection will be reviewed. The project team will ask the residents and businesses for their opinions. Some of the ways the team will listen to the community will be through the Business and Community Advisory Committees (BAC/CAC).

Ways to participate and provide input

See Metro Blue Line Project website

See Hennepin Bottineau Community Works 

See My Blue Line Extension website

Apply to serve on an advisory committee

Metropolitan Council and Hennepin County has approved a route for the Blue Line Extension light rail project.

The project is moving forward. To help guide this work, the project needs your opinion.

The City of Minneapolis is asking community members and businesses to apply for the project’s Advisory Committees (BAC/CAC).

Committees advise the government on how the project can best serve the neighborhoods and businesses near the line. Members of the BAC and CAC play a big role in planning and implementing activities to advance the project.

Membership will represent the diverse interests and stakeholders in Ward 4 and 5. Members appointed to the committees by the City of Minneapolis.

Application criteria for the committees:

Community Advisory Committee (CAC):

  • Residents from Ward 4 and 5 in the City of Minneapolis.

Business Advisory Committee (BAC):

  • Small and large businesses, nonprofits, or other organizations in Ward 4 and 5.
  • Please note there are specific spots reserved for nonprofit members on the BAC. We encourage nonprofits to apply.

If you are interested in applying to be a CAC or BAC member, please complete an application and send it to rattana.sengsoulichanh@minneapolismn.gov

Direct any questions to Rattana Sengsoulichanh, Senior City Planner, rattana.sengsoulichanh@minneapolismn.gov

Selected members will be notified in early-mid September. The first meetings for both of these committees will begin in the fall. The CAC meet the first Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m., and BAC meet the first Tuesday of the month at 8:00 a.m.

Project phase

This project is currently in design.

Input

Design

In Progress

Complete

Person on the light rail train

Contact us

Jim Voll, AICP, LEED AP

Planning Project Manager

Community Planning & Economic Development

Phone

612-673-3887

Address

Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 320
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Kelsey Fogt

Senior Transportation Planner

Public Works

Phone

612-790-7132