Bottineau (Blue Line) extension from Minneapolis to Brooklyn Park, MN.

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Bottineau (Blue Line) extension from Minneapolis to Brooklyn Park, MN.
Posted by NP Eddie on Saturday, September 08, 2018 5:09 PM

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The Minneapolis Star Tribune has a lenghty article on the proposed Blue Line extension from Target Field (Minneapolis) to Brooklyn Park, MN a northwest suburb. Some of the comments are absolutely stupid with calling the Monticello Sub a land grant railroad to saying the unit oil and taconite trains operate on that 36 mile stub branch line. I do support transit. The present Blue and Green lines have exceeded rider expectations. The BNSF is stating that there is not enough room for all those freight trains (one local up and back the same day) and the LRT.

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Posted by Electroliner 1935 on Saturday, September 08, 2018 6:49 PM

NP Eddie
The Minneapolis Star Tribune has a lenghty article on the proposed Blue Line extension from Target Field (Minneapolis) to Brooklyn Park,

What date? Only article I found talked about "negotiations with BNSF " with BNSF playing hardball. (Suprise?) Others have a paywall.

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Posted by kgbw49 on Saturday, September 08, 2018 10:34 PM

I am very familiar with the line. They could upgrade it for North Star service straight to the Target Field Station for probably 1/4 the cost of extending the Blue Line Light Rail. It would probably get more of a positive reception from BNSF. It would require an across-platform transfer but riders would get the same access to other parts of the city.

The right of way that parallels Highway 81 is relatively narrow and installing double-track light rail track plus catenary poles plus light rail stations adjacent to the existing freight track would require shoe-horning a lot of infrastructure in to a narrow right of way.

If you “fly“ the line on Google you can see how tight it is.

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