Voice your opinion on the Bottineau LRT

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The Met Council is holding the last in a series of public hearings on the planned Bottineau light rail line in Minneapolis on Monday. The Bottineau LRT would run from Brooklyn Park to downtown Minneapolis, and connect to the Hiawatha, Central and proposed Southwest LRTs, and the Northstar commuter rail line near Target Field.

The five communities along the route are backing the project. Met Council chair Sue Haigh says the project will provide transit to an underserved area of the metro.

“It really addresses the growing travel demand that we are going to see with growth in this area,” said Haigh. “We are projecting that this particular part of the region is going to grow by at least about 140,000 people between now and 2030, so that is a lot of extra people.”

The hearing begins at 5 p.m. at the Metro Transit Heywood Office Building in Minneapolis. Community testimony at the hearing will be collected and included in the planning process as the project moves forward.