A light rail line planned for the northwest metro inches closer to becoming a reality Monday as Met Council officials meet to take preliminary action on the so-called Bottineau line.
The council's transportation committee will decide whether to approve the first steps of the next phase of the line, which includes planning for the 13-mile route between Brooklyn Park and downtown Minneapolis. The plan would also add more bus service in north Minneapolis and connect to other transit downtown.
As plans move forward, the Met Council is also working to finalize schedules and cost estimates for the project. The Bottineau light rail line is expected to become a reality within the next nine years. It would be the Twin Cities' fourth light rail line, after Hiawatha, Central Corridor, also known as the green line between Minneapolis and St. Paul, and the planned Southwest LRT.