(Poll) Do You Want Light Rail in Golden Valley?

The City Council talked about the proposed Bottineau Line this week, and you've got a chance to weigh in with your thoughts later this month.

Could the fourth spoke of the Twin Cities metro light rail system eventually come through Golden Valley? Or instead of a train, will a bus be the selected mode of rapid transportation?

These matters were brought up at on Tuesday evening during a regular work session of the Golden Valley City Manager and the City Council.

Members of the council listened to a presentation given by Hennepin County, the proposed Bottineau Corridor, and while a myriad of options were discussed, no decisions were made.

that many people aren't aware of the Bottineau plans.

"Does it cut through the eastern part of Golden Valley or through north Minneapolis? Do residents even know?" he said. "Some decisions are going to be made that have serious impact, and residents simply haven't made their voices heard. I would feel much more comfortable getting more public input before putting any official word from the city out there."

The county presented the following two plans, and noted that you can have your say about these plans at a town hall meeting on Jan. 23:

Plan D1

If a light rail system is designed and built, it could take on several possible routes.

  • First, the most northern destination could be either Brooklyn Park or Maple Grove.
  • Second, the route through Golden Valley could be either parallel to the existing Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) north-south line with a station at either Golden Valley Road or Plymouth Avenue.
  • The line would then follow Highway 55 into downtown Minneapolis.

Plan D2

  • The line would enter Golden Valley near North Memorial Hospital, go down West Broadway to Penn Avenue, proceed south to Highway 55 and then east into downtown Minneapolis.


“Whether to choose a light rail or a rapid commuter bus system is contingent upon what current studies show as the potential rider ship,” said Joe Gladke, manager of the engineering and transit planning department of Hennepin County “If it eventually concludes that high ridership is to be expected, then a light rail system would be the best approach.”

The Bottineau Corridor, as a light rail system, could tie into and be an extension of the existing Hiawatha Light Rail, which currently runs from downtown to the airport and the Mall of America.

Funding for these projects is broken down to 50 percent from the federal government and the other 50 percent from a combination of funds from the State of Minnesota and special tax revenues from Hennepin County.

The City of Golden Valley and other municipalities where the corridor would run are not funding partners.

Once built, the Metropolitan Council and the county would share in the operating costs.

“There are still a lot of unknowns beginning with the status of the federal transportation bill in Congress,” Gladke said. “There are also a lot of communities around the country seeking federal funding for similar systems.”

After the meeting, Gladke told Patch that an “optimistic” projection would be that the plan would go through the required economic impact studies, funding allotment, engineering, final design and what would probably be three years of construction and then be operational by roughly 2019.

“But that’s if everything went forward without a hitch,” he cautioned.

An open house to present the overall potential plans and options is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 23, from 4:30 to 6:30 at the .

David Cera January 13, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Have the line go down Broadway where it can serve the most people and spur redevelopment like University Ave is due to the central corridor.
Jim Brunsgaard January 14, 2012 at 12:02 AM
The light rail is a big waste of taxpayer dollars and no line has paid for what it costs to run annually. May make big city planners excited but it is not practical. Much better to use buses that are not tied to one existing route.
Anonymous January 14, 2012 at 06:56 PM
The proposed Golden Valley route cuts through the beautiful and natural BNSF corridor with is home to wetlands, a multitude of animal species and our peace and quiet. Please think about how destructing this area with traffic will benefit us as Golden Valley (or greater Mpls) residents. More expense, more people and less beauty.
Sheila Bahl January 27, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Friend of Theodore Wirth The people that created Theodore Wirth Park and the nature areas connected to the North, were very wise. They knew that people living in a large city needed quiet places to connect with nature in order to stay physically and emotionally healthy. These parks are a treasure! We need to fiercely protect these areas for future generations. To do otherwise would be short-sighted and irresponsible. To quote Joni Mitchell, "Don't it always seem to go, we don't know what we've got 'til it's gone--they take paradise and put up a parking lot!"
carmen heim March 19, 2013 at 12:16 AM
Residents of Golden Valley say no to LRT here and in Theo Wirth and the wetlands.Please speak up to tell the Council members that voted to spend the money to study the Light rail along here and open of the chances of it coming her to keep it on HWY 55, 100, 294 or Broadway for business development and where it MAY be wanted. Carmen Heim
carmen heim March 19, 2013 at 12:17 AM
So glad to hear you say this. I totally support your post Sheila. Carmen Heim
carmen heim March 19, 2013 at 12:24 AM
I so agree with your post. I replied so the Council members and Mayor that voted to put so much money toward a study to make it harder for us to fight this can we it is not wanted in the park and if it is to be, then put it along 55 where there is a chance for business dev not in our precious Scenic Grand Rounds Theo Wirth Park and our neighborhood along Bassett. Hopefully Bassett Creek Watershed Dept. will speak up to protect it. Carmen Heim
carmen heim March 19, 2013 at 12:25 AM
Here here. Hope our legislators see the community is not happy or accepting of this so the Feds. don''t approve it in the Park.
carmen heim March 19, 2013 at 12:25 AM


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