METRO Blue Line Extension

Minneapolis & northwestern communities

The METRO Blue Line Extension Light Rail Transit project will extend the existing Blue Line from Target Field Station northwest to Brooklyn Park and connect communities along the way.
 

METRO Blue Line Extension project selects CURA to lead anti-displacement work


Minneapolis, Minn. September 22, 2021 – Hennepin County Board of Commissioners took action to approve a contract with the Center of Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) on September 21, 2021, to establish an Anti-Displacement Workgroup related to the design and construction of the METRO Blue Line Extension light rail. This action to invest in anti-displacement is intended to support corridor residents, businesses, and equitable development in the corridor.

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Interactive map of potential station locations and visualizations


Thank you for all the feedback so far on potential station locations and visualizations of how light rail could fit into your community. We are processing this feedback and stay tuned for another map update this fall. In the meantime, you can still share your concerns and the opportunities you see on the station areas, routes, and visualizations.

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Metropolitan Council and Hennepin County release potential station study areas and corridor concept drawings

The Metropolitan Council and Hennepin County released potential station study areas and corridor concept drawings for the planned METRO Blue Line Extension in July 2021.

Potential Station Study Areas – Click here to view a pdf map of the potential station study areas and visualizations
A potential station study area is a location where the project is considering a station for the light rail.

How were these potential station study areas determined?
  • Previously planned stations
  • Stakeholder and community input
  • Key destinations
  • Transit connections
  • 1/2 to 1 mile spacing
  • Overall number of stations
NOTE: The total number of stations has not been determined, meaning some potential station locations may be consolidated or eliminated.

How will these potential station study areas be evaluated?
These stations will be studied with regards to the project principles and goals, public engagement, and engineering requirements. Some additional considerations may include population and jobs, available right of way, and existing and future land use.

Corridor Concept Drawings 
  • The corridor concept drawings are an extension of the route maps published in March 2021
  • Each concept represents a vision of what Blue Line light rail could look like at individual locations along the considered routes.
  • Please note that these visualizations are conceptual in nature and are intended only to further ongoing discussions about route selection
  • Your feedback on these materials will help us refine the route options and be incorporated into a report that will be available in fall 2021

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Engagement Update

Thank you for taking our survey and providing comments on our previous updates shown on the interactive map about potential route and station options. A report summarizing feedback received during our first round of engagement (March – June 2021) is now available to view here.

We have many upcoming in-person and virtual public meetings taking place in July. For more information about these events, view our Meetings and Events page. We hope to see you there.

Other ways to connect with us:

We’re working with 14 community and cultural organizations to support a robust engagement process over the coming months. This is your light rail project, and we look forward to working with you to deliver the best project possible.

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Learn how the potential routes were selected and other routes considered: