Design & Engineering

Potential Station Areas and Visualizations

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, these options currently represent the potential routes for light rail to connect communities from Minneapolis northwest to Brooklyn Park.

The goal is to identify a single community-supported route by the end of 2021 to advance through engineering and environmental review in the coming years.

Final designs 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 and visualizations are current as of November 2021.

Brooklyn Park potential station areas and visualizations (PDF)

Robbinsdale potential station areas and visualizations (PDF)

Crystal potential station areas and visualizations (PDF)

Minneapolis potential station areas and visualizations

Since March 2021, the BLRT project has been evaluating two routes in Minneapolis, one along West Broadway and one along Lowry Avenue. We have divided up the layouts for the route options into sections to help the community give us feedback on potential design solutions in specific areas. The links below correspond to the numbers on above image. Select the link for a more specific section layout. If you haven’t already, you can also view these layouts and provide your feedback on the interactive map.

Found below is the design and engineering documentation for the Blue Line Extension Project prior to August 2020.

Plans Prior to August 2020

Plans for the METRO Blue Line Extension alignment and station areas are available as PDF documents. View current plans

2016 Municipal Consent

Municipal consent is process of local review and approval by communities affected by a transit project that was completed in March 2016, and is required under Minnesota law. More information

West Broadway Avenue Reconstruction

The METRO Blue Line Extension project is coordinating with Hennepin County in the reconstrction of West Broadway Avenue (County Road 103) in Brooklyn Park.