Design & Engineering
Potential station areas, visualizations and roll plots
The METRO Blue Line Extension began seeking feedback in March 2021 on revised routes that do not use freight rail property as previously planned. Based on technical considerations, community input, and past project work, a route recommendation was released in September 2023. The documents below represent the recommended route for light rail to connect communities from Minneapolis northwest to Brooklyn Park.
Final designs and station locations will be refined based on community feedback and will be updated to include more details on bicycle, pedestrian, and landscape accommodations. This material is conceptual and intended to provide a frame of reference for community members to see how light rail could fit in their neighborhood.
Station areas are current as of September 2023.
Plans prior to August 2020
Plans for the METRO Blue Line Extension alignment and station areas are available as PDF documents. View plans.
Station area planning
Hennepin County's Bottineau LRT Community Works program is looking at how transit stations will fit into surrounding neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life for people who live, work, play, visit, and worship in the corridor.
Examples of light rail structures on the METRO Blue and Green Lines
We have heard from many community members asking what the Blue Line Extension may look like in their neighborhood. This video shows several examples of how light rail can fit into existing neighborhoods and environments.
Examples of LRT structures on the METRO Blue and Green Lines