Bottineau LRT community works

The METRO Blue Line Extension (Bottineau LRT) project is a proposed 13-mile expansion of the existing METRO Blue Line in the Twin cities area of Minnesota that will extend from downtown Minneapolis through north Minneapolis, Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal, and Brooklyn Park, serving the northwest Twin Cities metro. The LRT will link to local and express bus routes, and will seamlessly connect to the regional transitway system at Target Field Station in downtown Minneapolis.

The Hennepin County Bottineau LRT Community Works program was established in 2014 to leverage this important regional transit investment by partnering with cities along the Bottineau LRT line to help plan for and implement critical changes "beyond the rails."

Program goals

  • Re-envision the Bottineau corridor as a multi-modal transit cor­ridor that supports LRT, pedestrian and bicycle connections.
  • Maximize and strategically align public and private investments in the corridor to support transit oriented development through catalytic investments in life-cycle housing, commercial develop­ment, and public infrastructure.
  • Promote economic opportunity by improving access to jobs and supporting business recruitment and expansion along the corridor.
  • Enhance livability in the corridor by improving public spaces, supporting the creation of healthy communities, and connecting people to key destinations, including employment centers, educa­tional institutions, and regional amenities.

Station area planning

Station area planning is the first step in the Bottineau LRT Community Works planning and implementation process and is designed to coordinate with, and run parallel to, the planning and engineering of the LRT line. For more information on station area plans, see the Station Areas drawer below.

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Station area planning for the stations in Brooklyn Park, Crystal, and Robbinsdale is wrapping up. Station area planning for the Minneapolis and Golden Valley stations concluded in June 2015. Please see the drawers below for current and past documents. 

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Station areas

With the Metropolitan Council's METRO Blue Line Extension (Bottineau LRT) project scheduled to open as soon as 2021, county and city partners are preparing for the LRT through station area planning. The partners are looking at how the LRT line's 11 proposed transit stations will fit into surrounding neighborhoods and enhance quality of life for people who live, work, play, visit, and worship in the corridor. 

Station area planning:

  • Is a community based process that examines the area within a 1/2 mile radius, or a ten minute walk, of a proposed LRT station;
  • Creates a short term and long term vision that reflects the community's goals and ensures that the LRT infrastructure is effectively integrated with the surrounding community; and
  • Helps the community take advantage of this new transit investment. 

The result is a vision for the area, coupled with a set of recommended actions and policy changes for cities, agencies, and local communities to consider as they move forward to realize that vision.

Station area plans were completed in May 2015 for the area around the four southernmost stations on the line, located in Minneapolis and Golden Valley. Planning for the station in Robbinsdale, the station in Crystal, and the five stations in Brooklyn Park is anticipated to be complete by April 2016. 

Map of planned station areas (PDF)

Individual Stations

Van White Boulevard (Minneapolis)

Penn Avenue (Minneapolis)

Plymouth Avenue (Golden Valley/Minneapolis)

Golden Valley Road (Golden Valley/Minneapolis)

42nd Avenue (Robbinsdale)

Bass Lake Road (Crystal)

63rd Avenue, Brooklyn Blvd, 85th Avenue, 93rd Avenue, Oak Grove Pkwy (Brooklyn Park)

Planning for health equity

Promoting healthy lifestyles through community design

The way we plan and design our communities plays a big role in our physical, emotional and financial health. Transportation features such as highways, roads and sidewalks are all part of our community’s design. While the health costs and benefits of these features were not traditionally considered when planning a transportation project, this is changing. Planning for the METRO Blue Line Extension (Bottineau LRT) is considering these impacts, first in a study called the Bottineau Transitway Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and now in the process for planning the areas around each Bottineau LRT station.

The Bottineau HIA found that the transit line offers real potential to improve health for people in communities near the transit stations as well as for transit users from around the region, by improving physical activity levels, job access, housing and transportation costs, traffic safety, education access and access to healthy food.

Some healthy community design features are listed below. How should station area planning address these features? Which are most important to you?

  • Housing for different incomes and different stages of life
  • Easy connections to the public transit system
  • Mixed-land use: homes, shops, schools, and work  located close together
  • Socially equitable and accessible community
  • Jobs and education are accessible within and from the community
  • Safe and comfortable places for walking and biking
  • Safe public places for social interaction
  • Green spaces and parks that are easy to get to
  • Outlets for fresh, healthy food

Give your input on healthy community design for the station areas by participating in upcoming open houses or emailing

Read more about planning for health in your station area (DOCX).

Document archive - Minneapolis and Golden Valley stations

June 2015 open house

January 2015 open house

November 2014 open house

Community working groups

Other project documents

Document archive - Robbinsdale, Crystal and Brooklyn Park stations

Meeting Materials

Community Meeting - Crystal (January 25, 2016)

Community Meeting - Crystal (November 5, 2015)

Community Meeting - Brooklyn Park (November 4, 2015)

Community Meeting - Robbinsdale (October 21, 2015)

Community Meeting - Brooklyn Park (October 1, 2015)

Community Meeting - Bass Lake Road station/Crystal (September 29, 2015)

Community Meeting - Brooklyn Park (June 17, 2015)

Community Meeting - 42nd Avenue/Robbinsdale (June 11, 2015)

85th Ave and Brooklyn Blvd Community Working Group

Robbinsdale Community Working Group

Crystal Community Working Group

Other Project Documents


Corridor documents

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