METRO Blue Line Extension preparing supplemental environmental report

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2022

The METRO Blue Line Extension light rail project is beginning work on a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). In 2016, the Metropolitan Council published a Final Environmental Impact Statement and Determination of Adequacy, based on the preferred project route at that time. Since then the project has pivoted away from portions of the original route, requiring this supplemental EIS.

The route modification process was documented in a draft report, available for public review and comment, and a final report published in April 2022. In June 2022, the Metropolitan Council and Hennepin County identified the final recommended route to advance in design and environmental review.

The Supplemental EIS will focus on potentially significant changes to the project based on the identification of the METRO Blue Line Extension recommended route. The full range of environmental, social, and economic impacts will be evaluated as was presented in the Final EIS. A draft of the Supplemental EIS is expected in the fall or early winter of 2023, with the Supplemental Final EIS anticipated in 2024.

Review the scope of the METRO Blue Line Extension Supplemental EIS

Comment on the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

The public is encouraged to comment on the scope of the Supplemental EIS through November 7, 2022:

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