Final EIS

METRO Blue Line Extension Final Environmental Impact Statement

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Metropolitan Council published the METRO Blue Line Extension Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) on July 15, 2016 (Notice of Availability [PDF]). The Final EIS identifies impacts from the Blue Line Extension Project, including measures to avoid, minimize and mitigate these impacts. The Final EIS also includes the Project’s Section 404 permit application, Amended Draft Section 4(f) and 6(f) Evaluation, Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement, and responses to comments received on the Draft EIS.

In 2022 the project released a revised route which will require a supplemental EIS.  A fall/early winter 2023 publication of the Supplemental Draft EIS is anticipated, with a Supplemental Final EIS anticipated in late 2024.

The complete METRO Blue Line Extension Final EIS is available on this page as multiple PDF documents.

Record of Decision

The Record of Decision (ROD) was signed by FTA on September 19, 2016, and includes the agency’s decision regarding compliance with relevant environmental requirements.

Determination of Adequacy

The Metropolitan Council (Council) as the Responsible Government Unit (RGU) is charged with determining the adequacy of the Final EIS for the Southwest Light Rail Transit (METRO Green Line Extension) Project (Project).  On August 10, 2016, the Council determined that the Final EIS for Project is adequate. This concludes the state environmental review process for the Project under Minnesota Rules chapter 4410.

Final EIS Appendices

The Final EIS also includes appendices that present additional information, including supporting documentation and responses to comments on the Draft EIS.

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Review Copy Locations

Review copies of the Blue Line Extension Final EIS were available at the locations listed below during the public comment period.

Hennepin County Libraries


Minneapolis Central Library 

Government Documents, Second Floor
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Osseo Library

412 Central Avenue, Osseo, MN 55369

Maple Grove Library

8001 Main Street North, Maple Grove, MN 55369

Brooklyn Park Library

8500 W Broadway Ave, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

Brookdale Library

6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, MN 55346

Rockford Road Library

6401 42nd Avenue North, Crystal, MN 55427

Golden Valley Library

830 Winnetka Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55427

North Regional Library

1315 Lowry Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Sumner Library

611 Van White Memorial Boulevard, Minneapolis, MN 55411

State and Local Government Offices


Osseo City Hall

415 Central Avenue, Osseo, MN 55428

Maple Grove Government Center and Public Safety Facility

12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway North
Maple Grove, MN 55311

Brooklyn Park City Hall

5200 85th Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

New Hope City Hall

4401 Xylon Avenue North, New Hope, MN 55428

Crystal City Hall

4141 Douglas Drive North, Crystal, MN 55422

Blue Line Extension Project Office

5512 West Broadway Avenue, Suite 200
Crystal, MN 55428

Golden Valley City Hall

7800 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, MN 55427

Minneapolis City Hall

350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Metropolitan Council Library

390 Robert Street North, St. Paul, MN 55101

Minnesota Department of Transportation Library

395 John Ireland Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55155

Legislative Reference Library

645 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55115

Comments on the Final EIS

Comments on the adequacy of the Final EIS were accepted through August 15, 2016.

Comments and responses are available as attachments to the METRO Blue Line Extension Record of Decision (ROD).

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METRO Blue Line Extension

Blue Line Extension Project Office
Park Place West Building, Suite 600
6465 Wayzata Boulevard
St. Louis Park, MN 55426