Who We Are

The Connect Blue Line Now! Coalition is a group of city leaders from Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Golden Valley, New Hope, and Robbinsdale who are united in making sure the METRO Blue Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) Extension project becomes a reality for the northwest metropolitan area and the region.

While the coalition advocates primarily on behalf of the METRO Blue Line Extension project, we believe this is one piece of a larger transit system. We support the build out of a robust transit system throughout the Twin Cities Metro. Having a healthy transportation system is one of the most effective ways to promote development and improve quality of life for the region’s residents.

Our Goals

  • Support the build out of a robust regional transit system, including the development of both the METRO Blue and Green Line Extension LRT projects and other high frequency transit routes

  • Communicate with decision-makers in Hennepin County, the State of Minnesota and Washington D.C. about the benefits of the METRO Blue Line Extension project

  • Ensure that federal dollars will be granted to fund the project through lobbying practices

  • Give local decision-makers, community organizations, and residents common language to use while talking about the METRO Blue Line Extension project and its benefits to the communities in the Northwest Metro

Why We Believe In LRT

  • Promote private investment throughout the region to strengthen and stabilize local economies

  • Increase access and mobility within the region, providing critical connects to jobs, housing, and education and entertainment opportunities

  • Improve health equity outcomes and quality of life for communities served by the train, which includes neighborhoods with racially concentrated areas of poverty