Tracking the Blue Line Extension Issue 11 (April 2018)

Date: Monday, April 23, 2018

Issue 11 of Tracking the Blue Line Extension [PDF] is now available. 

In this issue: 


Goals to finish designs, apply for federal funds in 2018

The Blue Line Extension LRT is focused on some major milestones in 2018, including completing the 90 percent designs and applying for the federal government to pay nearly half the construction costs.

Design for Hwy. 55 aims to slow traffic, improve safety

Lowering the speed limit and adding curves, an additional signalized intersection and three mid-block crosswalks are planned for Highway 55 in Minneapolis to slow cars and trucks when light rail tracks are built in the median.

LRT station panels to tell northern Hennepin County history

Panels being developed for the Blue Line Extension LRT stations will tell the history of the railroad that linked northern Hennepin County’s farms to the nation, and the legacy of Theodore Wirth and the century-old park on the Minneapolis-Golden Valley border that bears his name.

Investment grows to more than $8 billion along existing, future LRT lines

Developers are increasingly choosing to invest along light rail transit (LRT), as witnessed by the $8.4 billion in reported new investments along existing and future LRT lines in the Twin Cities metro region. That’s an increase of $1.6 billion in just a year.

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