Crystal light rail hearing moved back as snow accumulates

crystal_logoAn early-February snowstorm has affected more than just school programs and commutes.

Crystal city staff said that a municipal consent hearing in their city regarding the Blue Line Extension light rail project has been cancelled due to the inclement weather.

The hearing was scheduled 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, but an expected 6-13 inches of snowfall in the region prompted staff to cancel the event.

City Manager Anne Norris said the hearing will be rescheduled to Feb. 16, and an expected city council vote on that day has been pushed back to a future date that has yet to be determined.

The municipal consent hearing is one of the last opportunities for the public to comment on the first chunk of plans for the light rail project, which would lay tracks from downtown Minneapolis, through the North Side, and along an existing Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail corridor in Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, and Crystal before ending in northern Brooklyn Park.

When councils from those cities vote on municipal consent, they will be approving – or not approving – roughly the first 15 percent of the project’s overall design in their city: the alignment of the track, station locations, and other high-level aspects.