Meetings on the extension of the blue line tramway underway


2:00 p.m. | Sunday, January 9, 2022

A series of presentations and question-and-answer sessions regarding the Blue Line LRT extension began last week. Meetings are scheduled in Robbinsdale and Minneapolis this week.

The meeting in Brooklyn Park was lightly attended, but people expressed a desire to be notified of updates.

“I was hoping it would already be done,” said a resident, who lives near the road in Brooklyn Park. “I really expected it, but it was a pipe dream.”

The stretch through Brooklyn Park hasn’t changed much, since plans to share the BNSF railroad were scrapped last summer. There is a significant change proposed at the south end of the road, which would currently go through Highway 81.

“The proposal before us now is to use the LRT as a central route, in the middle of Highway 81, with business on both sides,” said Dan Soler of Hennepin County. “We think there is enough space there that the LRT will accommodate. But the concern has been what is it going to do for the pedestrian movement, the character of the city center, how are people going to get around, is it going to adapt? “

Soler went on to say that Met Transit has experience in creating central routes, like the Green Line that spans University Avenue.

Further in-person and virtual community meetings are planned. Meetings will have a short presentation followed by time to engage with project staff and ask questions. Residents are encouraged to stop by to learn about the evaluation of route options, ask questions and provide feedback.

In-person community meetings

Start of the presentation at 5:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Elim Lutheran Church, 3978 W Broadway Ave., Robbinsdale, MN 55422
• Wednesday January 12, 2022, 5 to 7 p.m., North Commons Recreation Center Gym, 1801 N James Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55411

Virtual community meetings

• Thursday January 13, 2022, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., Join the meeting

You can find meeting materials, ask for help attending events, ways to share feedback and the latest newsletter on the project website: www.BlueLineExt.org.

METRO Blue Line Extension is looking for members for the anti-displacement working group
The METRO Blue Line Extension project is seeking applications from community members for a new anti-displacement working group. Members will help guide anti-displacement strategies and policy development by providing personal insight, local expertise and direct links to project affected communities.
The task force will be convened and led by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota, under the senior leadership of C Terrence Anderson, director of community research at CURA.
Applications will be accepted until Friday January 14, 2022. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://z.umn.edu/anti-displacement

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