Phase 2 would move the METRO C Line from Olson Memorial Highway to Glenwood Avenue
In 2016, the Metropolitan Council approved a recommendation to move the C Line to Glenwood Avenue from Olson Highway when the planned METRO Blue Line Extension opens.
Stakeholder input was a significant factor in the decision to serve Glenwood Avenue with the C Line. Moving the C Line to Glenwood Avenue will provide high-frequency transit access to a broader part of north Minneapolis by balancing transitway service throughout multiple corridors, rather than concentrating transit investments on a single street.
A 2016 study of Glenwood Avenue identified five preliminary station locations for the long-term C Line realignment:
- Penn Avenue at Olson Memorial Highway
- Glenwood Avenue at Morgan Avenue
- Glenwood Avenue at Lyndale Avenue
- Glenwood Avenue at Royalston Avenue
- Glenwood Avenue between Cedar Lake Road and Dupont Avenue
Stations at three of these locations (Penn Avenue at Olson Memorial Highway, Glenwood Avenue at Lyndale Avenue and Glenwood Avenue at Royalston Avenue) have been refined in coordination with other planned street construction projects.
In August 2020, the Metropolitan Council and Hennepin County announced the need to advance the METRO Blue Line Extension Light Rail Transit project without using approximately eight miles of freight railroad property, as initially planned. In 2021, project partners are exploring opportunities to advance the Blue Line Extension light rail project without the use of the freight railroad corridor. More information about the status of the Blue Line Extension.
Following a decision on the Blue Line Extension alignment, Metro Transit will advance planning for C Line Phase 2.
C Line Phase II Map: Glenwood Avenue Alignment