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METRO Blue Line Light Rail Transit (BLRT) Extension Final Environmental Impact Statement- Notice of Availability
Project Title : Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposed METRO Blue Line Rail Transit (BLRT) Extension Project.
Description : The Metropolitan Council (Council) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS), Amended Draft Section 4(f) and Section 6(f) Evaluation, USACE section 404 permit application, and section 106 Memorandum of Agreement for the proposed BLRT Extension project. The proposed BLRT Extension project is approximately 13 miles of a new light rail transit line proposed an an extension of the METRO Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT). It will operate from downtown Minneapolis through the communities of Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal, and Brooklyn Park. The project's Draft EIS was published in March 2014 .
The final EIS documents the following:
- Purpose and need for the proposed BLRT Extension project
- Alternatives considered
- Anticipated impacts that will result from implementing the proposed BLRT extension project including avoidance, minimization and migration measures
- Description of the proposed BLRT extension project's public involvement and agency coordination
- Responses to comments received during the draft EIS comment period.
Comments on the adequacy of the final EIS may be submitted in writing to Kathryn O'Brien (contact information below) through August 15, 2016. Following the review period and consideration of the comments received on the adequacy of the final EIS, a federal record of decision and Minnesota State Adequacy Determination are anticipated. The record of decision and adequacy determination will document the council's and FTA's final decision regarding the environmental phase of the project.
Contact Person :
Kathryn O'Brein, Assistant Director, Environmental and Agreements
Metro Transit- Blue Line Extension Project Office
5512 West Broadway Avenue, Suite 200 Crystal, MN 55428
Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
The Bottineau light rail project is an extension of the existing Blue Line that will provide a one-seat ride to the VA Medical Center, Mall of America and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and will connect Minneapolis and the northwest communities with the region’s system of transit ways. An approximately 13-mile route will serve downtown Minneapolis, north Minneapolis, Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal and Brooklyn Park. Eleven new stations will be built in addition to Target Field Station with an estimated project cost of $1.496 billion, funded by a combination of federal, state and local resources. An estimated 2,500 construction workers will be needed to build the line, with $300 million estimated construction payroll. Service will begin in approximately 2021.
Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
The Southwest light rail project is an extension of the existing Green Line that is an approximately 14.5-mile route serving the growing communities of Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie. Fifteen new stations will be developed with connections to streets and trails, attracting new residential and commercial development. The project budget is estimated at $1.77 billion, funded by a combination of federal, state, and local resources. Construction is expected to begin in 2017 with service predicted to being in 2020.
C-Line (Penn avenue) BRT
The C-Line is a new kind of bus service that will serve the downtown, North Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center Communities via Olson Highway and Penn Avenue. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a package of transit enhancements that adds up to a faster trip and an improved experience. This new bus service will include train like features with ticket machines at stations that will allow customers to purchase tickets before boarding. Buses will make fewer stops, significantly speeding up travel time, as well as providing more seats.