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Blue Line Extension at a Glance

Project at a Glance

  • An approximately 13-mile route will serve downtown Minneapolis, north Minneapolis, Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal and Brooklyn Park.
  • Eleven new stations will be built, in addition to Target Field Station.
  • In 2014, there were approximately 16,200 jobs within ½ mile of the 11 proposed stations and 138,700 jobs in downtown Minneapolis. By 2035, employment is expected to grow to 20,800 within ½ mile of the proposed new stations and 159,600 in downtown Minneapolis.
  • In 2014, there were about 30,900 people within ½ mile of the 11 proposed stations and 16,400 residents within ½ mile of the 5 shared stations in downtown Minneapolis. By 2035, the population within ½ mile of the 11 new stations is expected to increase by 19 percent to 36,600.
  • The total project cost is estimated at $1.536 billion, with funding from a combination of federal, state and local sources.
  • An estimated 6,500 construction workers will be needed to build the line, with $300 million estimated construction payroll.
  • Nearly 27,000 estimated weekday boardings.
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  • METRO Gold Line open houses July 17 & 18

    The METRO Gold Line is a planned nine-mile Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line that will connect St. Paul, Maplewood, Landfall, Oakdale and Woodbury generally along Interstate 94. Come to one of two planned open houses to learn more about this exciting project!

    Date: 7/17/2018
    Time: 5:00 PM
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  • Public hearing August 1 for the draft update to the 2040 Transportation Policy Plan

    The Metropolitan Council will hold a public hearing on Aug. 1, 2018 to accept comments on the proposed adoption of the draft 2040 Transportation Policy Plan update for the Twin Cities metropolitan area.


    Date: 8/1/2018
    Time: 4:00 PM
    Location: Metropolitan Council Chambers
    390 Robert St. N., St. Paul.

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