METRO Blue Line Extension Final Environmental Impact Statement is available

Posted In: Planning, Transportation
Date: 7/15/2016

The Metropolitan Council (Council) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS), Amended Draft Section 4(f) and Section 6(f) Evaluation, USACE Section 404 permit application, and Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement for the proposed BLRT Extension project. The proposed BLRT Extension project is approximately 13 miles of a new light rail transit line proposed as an extension of the METRO Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT). It will operate from downtown Minneapolis through the communities of Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal, and Brooklyn Park. The Project’s Draft EIS was published in March 2014.

The Final EIS documents the following:

  • Purpose and need for the proposed BLRT Extension project;

  • Alternatives considered;

  • Anticipated impacts that will result from implementing the proposed BLRT Extension project, including avoidance, minimization and mitigation measures;

  • Description of the proposed BLRT Extension project’s public involvement and agency coordination;

  • The proposed BLRT Extension project’s proposed finance plan; and,

  • Responses to comments received during the Draft EIS comment period.


Document Availability 

The Final EIS, including the Amended Draft Section 4(f) and Section 6(f) Evaluation, USACE Section 404 permit application, and Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement, and all appendices; is available online at, and at libraries and city halls throughout the region. 

Comment on the plan through August 15

Comments on the adequacy of the Final EIS may be submitted in writing to Kathryn O’Brien  through August 15, 2016. 

More info 

See the final FEIS, details about how to comment and the complete list of locations where you can review the document. 


Posted In: Planning, Transportation


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