Public meetings on the environmental impact of the proposed Blue Line light rail extension — 13 miles from downtown Minneapolis to Brooklyn Park — will be held in October.
The meetings, in five of the cities through which the line will run, are intended to:
- Provide information on environmental impacts and schedule for completing the environmental documentation.
- Receive feedback from the community on potential environmental impacts and benefits.
- Provide the latest information on ongoing LRT design and station area plans.
The light rail extension, once called the Bottineau Transitway, is projected to open in 2021. The final environmental impact statement is scheduled to be published next year.
The line would run from the downtown Minneapolis Target Center station through north Minneapolis, Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal and Brooklyn Park. It would extend the existing Blue Line, which runs south from downtown Minneapolis to the airport and the Mall of America.
The October meetings are:
- Crystal, Oct. 19, 5 – 7:30 p.m., Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Drive North, Crystal
- Brooklyn Park, Oct. 20, 5 – 7:30 p.m., Hennepin Technical College, Cafeteria, 9000 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Park
- Robbinsdale, Oct. 21, 6 – 7:00 p.m., Open House: LRT Environmental Analysis; 7 – 8:30 p.m., Community Meeting: Station Area Planning Presentation of station area plan (1/2 mile around the proposed LRT station), Robbinsdale Middle School, 3730 Toledo Av. N., Robbinsdale
- Golden Valley, Oc. 28, 5 – 7:30 p.m., Golden Valley City Hall, 7800 Golden Valley Road, GoldenValley
- Minneapolis, Oct. 29, 5 – 7:30 p.m., Harrison Community Center, 503 North Irving Av., Minneapolis