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.

Moving the Blue Line Extension forward

In August 2020, the Metropolitan Council and Hennepin County announced the need to advance the METRO Blue Line Extension Light Rail Transit (BLRT) project without using approximately 8 miles of freight railroad property, as initially planned.

We are optimistic this new direction presents an exciting opportunity to revisit and improve the project by serving even more people and destinations, while maintaining as much of the existing route as possible.

Advancing this project will require continued strong partnerships and sincere collaboration.

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Previous Alignment Map

Project partners are exploring opportunities to advance the METRO Blue Line Extension light rail project without the use of the freight railroad corridor.

Next Steps

Identifying a community supported alternative route for environmental review and approval.
  • Inform and involve stakeholders around new project direction
  • Contract with organizations to support engagement
  • Work with stakeholders to co-create a community informed project engagement framework for 2021