Project Timeline

2021: The Blue Line Extension begins passenger operations. 

2018-2020: Construction. 

2018: The Project receives a Full Funding Grant Agreement from the Federal Transit Administration, authorizing the federal government to provide funding for the project. 

2017: Beginning of the Engineering phase, which will include completion of all design and engineering plans for the line.

January 2017: Federal Transit Administration approved the Blue Line Extension project to enter the Engineering phase of the New Starts process.

September 2016: FTA issued Record of Decision. Metropolitan Council approved final scope and budget and the environmental Determination of Adequacy, and submitted application to enter the Engineering phase of the Federal Transit Administration's New Starts funding process.

July 2016: FTA and Metropolitan Council published the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).

August 2014: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) approves the Blue Line Extension to enter the Project Development phase. The Metropolitan Council becomes the project lead with the transfer of Responsible Government Unit status from Hennepin County.  

March 2014: Bottineau Transitway Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) published.

May 2013: The Metropolitan Council adopts the route and mode recommended by HCRRA as the Locally Preferred Alternative for the Bottineau Transitway in the regional 2030 Transportation Policy Plan.

June 2012: The Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA) recommends construction of light rail on the "B-C-D1 Alignment" along West Broadway Avenue in Brooklyn Park, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad corridor, and Olson Memorial Highway/Trunk Highway 55. 

March 2010: Final Alternatives Analysis Study report published. 

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