Monday, February 2, 2015

Blue (Bottineau) Line Update

Engineers and other technical staff from the Metropolitan Council's Blue Line have moved into their new quarters in the Crystal Gallery Shopping Center at 5514 West Broadway Ave in Crystal.

For those unfamiliar with the project, the Blue Line Extension or Bottineau Line Light Rail Project is a planned 13-mile line with 10 to 11 new stations going through North Minneapolis, Robbinsdale, Crystal, and Brooklyn Park. Planners expect the primarily at-grade double-tracked line will have 27,000 average weekday riders by 2030. 

The tentative project schedule is as follows: 

2014 - 2016 Project Development
2016 - Environmental/Municipal Consent 
2017 - Engineering 
2018 - Full Funding Grant Agreement
2018 - 2020 Heavy Construction 
2021 - Passenger Operations

Visit www.bluelineext.org for the latest project news, event announcements and information on the project. 

On the website, you can also sign up to receive news updates by email in the E-Newsletter signup section at the bottom left of the home page. 

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