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Blue Line Extension at a Glance

Project at a Glance

  • An approximately 13-mile route will serve downtown Minneapolis, north Minneapolis, Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal and Brooklyn Park.
  • Eleven new stations will be built, in addition to Target Field Station.
  • In 2014, there were approximately 16,200 jobs within ½ mile of the 11 proposed stations and 138,700 jobs in downtown Minneapolis. By 2035, employment is expected to grow to 20,800 within ½ mile of the proposed new stations and 159,600 in downtown Minneapolis.
  • In 2014, there were about 30,900 people within ½ mile of the 11 proposed stations and 16,400 residents within ½ mile of the 5 shared stations in downtown Minneapolis. By 2035, the population within ½ mile of the 11 new stations is expected to increase by 19 percent to 36,600.
  • The total project cost is estimated at $1.536 billion, with funding from a combination of federal, state and local sources.
  • Construction is anticipated to begin in 2018. An estimated 6,500 construction workers will be needed to build the line, with $300 million estimated construction payroll.
  • Nearly 27,000 estimated weekday boardings.
  • Service will begin in 2022 as an extension of the METRO Blue Line.
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