Tracking the Blue Line Extension Issue 6, July 2016

Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tracking the Blue Line Extension Issue 6 (July 2016) [PDF] is now available.

In this issue


Final Environmental Impact Statement published

The METRO Blue Line Extension’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) published this month by the Federal Transit Administration marks a major step closer to realization of the light rail transit line. This comes after eight years of public feedback and technical analysis, done in conjunction with project staff from the Metropolitan Council.

Upcoming Activities

Testing will begin in early August 2016 to identify contamination along the planned Blue Line Extension LRT route.

Project design advances to 30 percent level of detail

In the first half of 2016, design of the Blue Line Extension LRT Project advanced from a 15 percent level of detail to 30 percent. Staff refined the design of the project’s bridges, rail system elements, retaining walls and traffic signals, and added details for mitigation of environmental impacts such as noise walls, visual screening, and stormwater.

Read Issue 6 of Tracking the Blue Line Extension [PDF].

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