Supplemental Draft EIS

The Metropolitan Council and the Federal Transit Administration have prepared a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for the METRO Blue Line Extension project. This document evaluates the potential social, economic, and environmental benefits and impacts that may occur because of the design, construction, and operation of the Blue Line Extension and outlines potential measures to avoid or reduce those impacts.  

The environmental review process for the METRO Blue Line Extension is required by the National Environmental Policy Act and the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act.  

View a digital version of the SDEIS below. Printed copies are also available to view at the following locations: 

  • METRO Blue Line Extension Project Office, 6465 Wayzata Boulevard, Suite 600, St. Louis Park, MN 55426 
  • Brooklyn Park Library, 8500 West Broadway Avenue, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
  • Rockford Road Library, 6401 North 42nd Avenue, Crystal, MN 55427 
  • North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411 

SDEIS Publication Documents:

BLE_SDEIS_Signature Page, Abstract, Table of Contents PDF (1,950 KB)
BLE_SDEIS_Abbreviations and Glossary PDF (560 KB)
BLE_SDEIS_Abstract PDF (151 KB)

 

Chapters

BLE_SDEIS_Executive Summary PDF (3 MB)
BLE_SDEIS_Chapter 1 Purpose and Need PDF (4.8 MB)
BLE_SDEIS_Chapter 2 Alternatives PDF (3.4 MB)
BLE_SDEIS_Chapter 3 Transportation PDF (4.6 MB)
BLE_SDEIS_Chapter 4 Community and Social Analysis PDF (5.3 MB)
BLE_SDEIS_Chapter 5 Physical and Environmental Analysis PDF (13.5 MB)
BLE_SDEIS_Chapter 6 Indirect Impacts and Cumulative Effects PDF (903 KB)
BLE_SDEIS_Chapter 7 Environmental Justice and Justice40 Initiative PDF (7.3 MB)
BLE_SDEIS_Chapter 8 Summary of Supplemental Draft Section 4(f) and 6(f) PDF (2.2 MB)
BLE_SDEIS_Chapter 9 Consultation and Coordination PDF (3.9 MB)
BLE_SDEIS_Chapter 10 Financial Analysis PDF (453 KB)
BLE_SDEIS_Chapter 11 Evaluation of Alternatives PDF (440 KB)
 

Appendices

BLE_SDEIS_Appendix A-1 List of Preparers and Recipients PDF (631 KB)
BLE_SDEIS_Appendix A-2 Alternatives Development Process PDF (3.3 MB)
BLE_SDEIS_Appendix A-3 Traffic and Aviation Documents PDF (18.5 MB)
BLE_SDEIS_Appendix A-3 Transportation PDF (24 MB)
BLE_SDEIS_Appendix A-4 Archeological and Architectural History Reports PDF (8.9 MB)
BLE_SDEIS_Appendix A-4 Community and Social Analysis PDF (4.8 MB)
BLE_SDEIS_Appendix A-4 Cultural Resources Documents PDF (42 MB)
BLE_SDEIS_Appendix A-4 Cultural Resources Technical Report PDF (3.2 MB)
BLE_SDEIS_Appendix A-4 Visual Quality Technical Report PDF (14.7 MB)
BLE_SDEIS_Appendix A-5 Biological Environment Documents PDF (1,174 KB)
BLE_SDEIS_Appendix A-5 Biological Environment Technical Report PDF (10.4 MB)
BLE_SDEIS_Appendix A-5 Noise and Vibration Technical Report PDF (6.6 MB)
BLE_SDEIS_Appendix A-5 Physical and Environmental Analysis PDF (7 MB)
BLE_SDEIS_Appendix A-5 Water Resources Technical Report PDF (2.7 MB)
BLE_SDEIS_Appendix A-8 Chapter 8 Summary of Supplemental Draft Section 4(f) and 6(f) PDF (13.9 MB)
BLE_SDEIS_Appendix A-9 Agency Coordination and Engagement Reports PDF (20.1 MB)
BLE_SDEIS_Appendix A-CR Preparation Notices Comments and Responses PDF (1,442 KB)
BLE_SDEIS_Appendix A-E Conceptual Engineering Drawings PDF (18.4 MB)

SDEIS Public Hearings 

Because quorums of the Metropolitan Council and Blue Line Extension Project Decision Board may attend these public hearings but will not be transacting business, these hearings are publicly noticed as special meetings of the Council’s Committee of the Whole and of the Blue Line Extension Project Decision Board.

Provide comments in-person at anticipated public hearings:

Tuesday, July 16, 5–​7 p.m. 
NorthPoint Conference Center 
1256 Penn Avenue North, Suite 5200 
Minneapolis, MN

Tuesday, July 23, 10 a.m.noon
Brooklyn Park Library 
8500 West Broadway Avenue
Brooklyn Park, MN
 
Please arrive within the timeframes provided to give public testimony.  Public hearings will be recorded. Those providing comments will be audio and video recorded.
 
 

Virtual Learning Session 

Thursday, June 27, 5:30 p.m.  
Microsoft Teams 
Join the meeting now 

SDEIS Office Hours 

METRO Blue Line Extension project staff will be hosting office hours to answer questions about the SDEIS and accept written comments at various times and locations throughout the comment period. See below for upcoming office hours:
  
Thursday, June 27
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Park Library 
8500 West Broadway Avenue, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
 
Tuesday, July 2
 3–5 p.m.  
Robbinsdale Transit Center 
4151 Hubbard Avenue North, Robbinsdale, MN 55422
 
Tuesday, July 2
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Rockford Road Library 
6401 North 42nd Avenue Crystal, MN 55427
 
Tuesday, July 9
11 a.m.–1:00 p.m. 
Capri Theater 
2027 West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55411
 
Thursday, July 11
11 a.m.–1:00 p.m.  
North Loop Garage 
600 North 8th Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55411 
Training Room 104 

If you need assistance to participate in public meetings or have general accessibility inquiries, please contact Kaja Vang at [email protected]. Requests for special assistance should be made a minimum of seven business days in advance of the scheduled meeting.

The SDEIS comment period is open until August 6, 2024.
Comment now


Public comments received during this period will inform the Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement, which will outline specific project commitments to address impacts. The Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement is expected to be published mid-2025.

Comments are responded to in the Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement, and commenters names are included. We request contact information to notify you when the Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement is available.  
  • Submit a comment online
  • Record your comment by calling the SDEIS project hotline at 612-373-3970 
  • Email comments to [email protected] any time during the comment period 
  • Provide written comments at the Public Hearing or at the office hour events listed above