New revised route options for the Blue Line Extension are now available for public input. These routes represent the best apparent options for light rail that connects communities from Minneapolis northwest to Brooklyn Park based on the community input, technical considerations, and past project work. The route is expected to remain the same on the northern end of the line in Brooklyn Park. For the middle section between Brooklyn Park and Robbinsdale, the best option is to move the route from the rail corridor onto Bottineau Boulevard (County Road 81). On the southern end of the corridor, project partners have identified Lowry Avenue and West Broadway as good potential routes to consider.
These revised route options are intended to continue a conversation aimed at identifying a single community-supported route by the end of 2021. This single route option will then be advanced to environmental review and engineering work in the coming years.
The need to find a modified route was announced in summer 2020 because BNSF Railway has remained unwilling to allow LRT to operate on their property as initially planned.
This is your light rail line, and your input is critical to ensure it meets the needs of your community and creates opportunities for you and your neighbors.
Visit http://BlueLineExt.org to take a survey by April 30, provide general comments, ask questions, and attend an upcoming virtual meeting.
To support robust and inclusive community engagement around route selection, Hennepin County is contracting with multiple local community and cultural organizations.