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What is the Bottineau Transitway?
The Bottineau Transitway is a proposed light rail transit (LRT) project that will provide for transit improvements in the highly traveled northwest area of the Twin Cities.
The Bottineau Transitway will connect Minneapolis and the region’s northwest suburbs with the region’s system of transitways that consist of LRT on the METRO Blue Line (Hiawatha) and METRO Green Line (Central Corridor and the planned Southwest line), bus rapid transit (BRT) on the METRO Red Line (Cedar Avenue) and METRO Orange Line (I-35W South), the Northstar commuter rail, and express bus routes.
Where is the Bottineau Transitway?
The Bottineau Transitway is located in Hennepin County, Minnesota, extending approximately 13 miles from downtown Minneapolis to the northwest serving parts of Minneapolis and the suburbs of Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal and Brooklyn Park.
Why is the Bottineau Transitway being studied?
The purpose of the Bottineau Transitway is to provide transit service which will meet the long-term regional mobility and accessibility needs for businesses and the traveling public.
Five factors contribute to the need for the project:
- Growing travel demand
- Increasing traffic congestion
- People who depend on transit
- Limited transit service to suburban destinations (reverse commute opportunities) and time-efficient transit options
- Regional objectives for growth as stated in the Regional Development Framework
Who are the project team and project partners?
The Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA), in consultation with the Metropolitan Council and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), is serving as the local lead agency for the Bottineau Transitway project. Local agency partners, including staff from corridor cities, Metro Transit, MnDOT and Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, participate on these project advisory committees:
Advise, Review, and Communicate Committee (ARCC)
Community Advisory Committee (CAC)
Policy Advisory Committee (PAC)
When might the Bottineau Transitway be in operation?
The project’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) is currently undergoing FTA review. Publication of the Draft EIS is expected in late 2013. The timeline of the project is dependent on many factors, including funding availability and the competitiveness of the project as compared to other transitways throughout the country. However, the Bottineau transitway could be in operation as early as late 2019.