Tracking the Blue Line Extension Issue 3, July 2015

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2015

The third issue of the Blue Line Extension project newsletter features news about upcoming events, engineering and environmental activities, and other topics.

In this issue

Upcoming open houses will set stage for preliminary design plans

People who want to influence decisions about stations, parking and pedestrian/bicycle access for the planned METRO Blue Line Extension LRT line should attend one of five upcoming open houses.

Cost uncertainty decreases as engineering and environmental work progress

As LRT projects progress through the engineering and environmental process and into construction, the cost
uncertainty decreases as the design is refined.

What’s included and what’s not included in the Draft EIS cost estimate?

The Blue Line Extension project’s Draft EIS includes a cost estimate of $1.002 billion, covering construction activities from 2016–2018.

Reaching agreement with BNSF is a top project priority

With eight of the 13 miles of the proposed line following an existing freight rail corridor, one of the top project risks
is reaching agreement with BNSF Railway on right-of-way acquisition and engineering elements of the project.

Brooklyn Park officials tour Green Line operations and maintenance facility

Brooklyn Park city leaders took a peek at the future recently when they toured the METRO Green Line between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul.

Stations being designed to share platforms in center of tracks

The METRO Blue Line Extension LRT’s 10 or 11 stations are being designed to share platforms in the center of the tracks for passengers’ ease and cost effectiveness.

LRT 101: Differences between light rail transit and commuter rail

Light rail trains are smaller than commuter rail trains and offer more frequent service; there are many other differences.

Read Issue 3 of Tracking the Blue Line Extension [PDF].

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