The 2022 Route Modification Report was a accumulation of planning, engineering and community engagement efforts from August 2020 to June 2022 that identified the following full route, described from north to south, that was recommended to move forward by the Metropolitan Council and Hennepin County on June 22, 2022:
Since June 2022, project staff began evaluating several route options between Target Field Station and West Broadway Avenue in Minneapolis in response to community feedback about running trains on Lyndale Avenue. This evaluation looked at two other options east of I-94, including:
Based on extensive community engagement and preliminary design and engineering, METRO Blue Line Extension staff recommended in August 2023 a single preferred route option in Minneapolis for continued study, which extends light rail from Target Field Station along a corridor that runs east of I-94. The line would run along 10th Avenue and Washington Avenue, and on 21st Avenue between I-94 and James Avenue, where it would join West Broadway Avenue.
Highlighted on this map is the portion of the original alignment that cannot be constructed as previously planned.
Blue Line Extension Project Office
Park Place West Building, Suite 600
6465 Wayzata Boulevard
St. Louis Park, MN 55426