We Are Ready! To Say No That Is!!
By Andrew Richter
Look out Hennepin County Dictator Mike Opat is on the Light Rail warpath!
Brooklyn Park’s future has never been brighter. As many readers are aware, the Blue Line Extension (Bottineau) LRT project is rapidly moving along in the complicated processes of state and federal approval. Early next year, the five cities along the corridor will get an opportunity to vote on the physical design components of the line. And in less than a year, the project will be seeking to enter its final engineering. Big decisions are looming and the cities and Hennepin County will be ready to make them.
High quality, predictable and frequent public transit has been a need in the northern suburbs for far too long. But LRT is not just about ease of commuting and being connected to major destinations all over the region. Just as important is dreaming big “outside the rails” in a way that will improve livability for all residents and make this line an economic development success story for all neighborhoods along it.
If it was in need; why is the park & ride on 63rd and 81 empty?
Each of the five planned stations in Brooklyn Park has its own unique characteristics, and each station is being planned accordingly. In the last couple of months, Brooklyn Park and Hennepin County staff have been meeting with businesses, property owners, schools, institutions, residents, elected officials and other relevant stakeholders to focus on the land-use implications of each station.
Oh how exciting!
Connections are being outlined for cyclists and pedestrians to move through safely and easily. Locations are being examined for where parking and development can be provided seamlessly. Hopefully you got a chance to be involved but if not, please join us at the next city-wide community meeting 6:30–8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the Community Activity Center Grandview Room, 5600 85th Ave. N. There will be an opportunity to see some of the creative ideas being contemplated for each station and give feedback. If you want to get involved in other ways, please see more opportunities and keep up with project updates at http://www.hennepin.us/residents/transportation/bottineau-community-works. After years of planning, we are poised to truly build transit and neighborhoods for future generations. There is no time to slow down.
Mike Opat is the District 1 Hennepin County Commissioner and is the chair of the board.
In other words, we are determined to jam this down your throat no matter what!
We ARE ready! Ready to SAY NO TO THIS!!!!