Project Principles

Alignment principles

Meet Federal Transit Administration New Starts criteria

  • Maintain BLRT Purpose and Need
  • Maintain mode
  • Minimize travel time
  • Maximize ridership
  • Maximize community and economic development
  • Maximize project rating
  • When appropriate, pursue opportunities to serve even more people and destinations, especially areas with lower rates of car ownership/vehicular access and those with mobility challenges

Maintain existing alignment as much as possible

  • Maintain existing termini: Target Field Station in Minneapolis and Oak Grove Station in Brooklyn Park
  • Serve the existing corridor cities of Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Robbinsdale, Golden Valley, Minneapolis, and their major destinations

Mitigate negative impacts

  • Complement existing and planned METRO transitways
  • Minimize residential, commercial and environmental impacts
  • Support safety and connections prioritizing people walking, biking, and rolling
  • Maximize carbon pollution reduction

Engagement principles


Meaningfully engage stakeholders

  • Honor and build on previous robust community engagement
  • Tailor engagement practices to meet the needs of the individual communities in the corridor

Engage, inform, and consult diverse communities to co-create project solutions that reduce disparities

  • Ensure corridor communities of all races, ethnicities, incomes and abilities are engaged so all communities and corridor cities share in growth opportunities, with an emphasis on low-income and cultural communities
  • Use community goals, priorities, and criteria for growth to inform decision-making
  • Adjust strategies and approach as needed to ensure corridor communities are fully represented in engagement efforts