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Blue Line Extension MapThe Blue Line Extension is a Metro Transit and Hennepin County project that would extend light rail transit from Target Field station in Minneapolis to the vicinity of Oak Grove Parkway and West Broadway in Brooklyn Park.

The city staff contact is Community Development Director John Sutter at 763-531-1130,
john.sutter@crystalmn.gov.

There may be openings for Crystal representatives on two project advisory committees, the Business Advisory Committee and Community Advisory Committee. For more information, visit the city's Boards and Commissions page.

Upcoming Meetings/Recent City Council Presentations/What's Happening Now?
• July 29, 2021 Virtual Community Meeting focusing on County Rd. 81 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. - Direct link to Webex meeting.
• July 26, 2021 In-Person Community Open House from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Becker Park Stage, 5530 Douglas Dr. N.
July 20, 2021 - City Council work session staff report.
May 18, 2021 - City Council work session presentation.
April 20, 2021 - City Council work session presentation.

Metro Transit and Hennepin County are seeking public input on the initial route options:
   • Leave a comment on the interactive map.
   • Email feedback or invite project staff to present at your community or business meeting by emailing Sophia Ginis.

Previous Milestones
March 11, 2021: The project released initial routes for consideration and public comment:
      Initial Route Summary
      Initial Route Evaluation Report
 
Dec. 10, 2020: The project determined that, in Crystal, the initial focus for the analysis of a potential route will be the County Rd. 81 / Bottineau Boulevard Corridor.

Sept. 15, 2020: The Crystal City Council approved a statement of principles to guide the city's participation in the exploration of alternatives to the BNSF route.

Aug. 3, 2020: Metro Transit and Hennepin County issued a joint statement that they will no longer pursue construction of the Blue Line Extension using eight miles of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail corridor. Instead, they will explore alternatives that do not use the BNSF corridor.


BNSF Alignment No Longer Being Considered
The following information and links are related to the proposed alignment that would have used the BNSF corridor.
  Please note that this proposed alignment is no longer being pursued by Metro Transit.

Metro Transit is proposing to expand light rail transit (LRT) service to the northwest suburbs. The Metro Blue Line Extension (route map) would run from Minneapolis to Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal and Brooklyn Park. It would provide direct, “one seat” service from Crystal to regional destinations like downtown Minneapolis, MSP International Airport and the Mall of America. Riders could also transfer to the Green Line LRT serving the University of Minnesota and St. Paul to the east, and St. Louis Park, Hopkins and Eden Prairie to the southwest.

Crystal would have a station and park & ride lot at the southwest corner of Bass Lake Rd. and Bottineau Blvd.

The “municipal consent” phase was completed in March 2016. The City Council held a public hearing on Feb. 16, 2016 and the City Council adopted this resolution on Feb. 29, 2016. The resolution states that the city chooses to neither approve nor disapprove the municipal consent plans, which means that the plans are deemed approved under state law. Note that the proposed pedestrian bridge over Bottineau Blvd. for the Bass Lake Rd. station has not been included in the Blue Line Extension project. See the city's Sept. 12, 2016 letter to Metropolitan Council on this subject.

METRO Blue Line Extension project plans are complete. The next steps prior to bidding and construction are for Metro Transit to secure an easement to use eight miles of the BNSF corridor and apply for a grant from the Federal Transit Administration. Visit the METRO Blue Line Extension webpage for more information. You may also view the roll plot for the Crystal segment and the  updates presented to the city council on July 18, 2017, Oct. 12, 2017Jan. 16, 2018 and April 17, 2018

Bass Lake Road Station Area Planning
Beginning in 2015, Hennepin County and the City of Crystal collaborated on a land use plan for the area around the Bass Lake Rd. station. Community meetings were held in September and November, 2015 and January 2016. The final report was completed in July, 2016. Click here to view materials related to this plan. You may also contact City Planner Dan Olson at dan.olson@crystalmn.gov or 763-531-1142.

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