Location: Hennepin County, MN

Blue Line Extension LRT – Place, Development & Connections Analysis in the City of Robbinsdale

Closing: Thursday, September 29, 2022

Full RFP:

The METRO Blue Line Extension (BLRT) is planned as a light rail transit (LRT) line that would connect Target Field Station in Minneapolis to Oak Grove Station in Brooklyn Park. The METRO Blue Line Extension (BLRT) originally planned to share right-of-way with Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad along portions of the alignment. After significant negotiation with BNSF, no agreement was reached for this shared right of way necessitating further analysis for the corridor to connect these two stations. The BLRT Project intends to maintain the existing alignment as much as possible, serving the corridor cities of Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Robbinsdale, and Minneapolis. The greatest change in alignment would be in the Cities of Minneapolis and Robbinsdale.

Hennepin County Housing & Economic Development supports community efforts to capitalize on regional infrastructure investments and realize optimal development patterns aligned with community visions. The goal of this solicitation is to support the City of Robbinsdale in leveraging the opportunities and addressing the challenges of the BLRT alignment and stations. Robbinsdale is a vibrant town with a cherished historic downtown and small-town community feel. Robbinsdale’s walkable downtown is home to an eclectic mix of long-standing local neighborhood-serving businesses, nationally renowned and award-winning destination restaurants, a craft brewery, and maker spaces.

The BLRT introduces impacts to the current circulation in the corridor and to adjacent properties and presents exciting opportunities for improving pedestrian connectivity and building on the community’s existing quality of place. The consultant will evaluate future redevelopment opportunities, circulation, and parking options that support a high-quality public realm.

The consultant will develop recommendations on integrating two light rail stations - the Downtown Robbinsdale Station and the proposed North Memorial Station - into the existing fabric of the city, capitalizing on the transit amenity, strengthening multi-modal access, and providing for a mix of housing, jobs, and services options that strengthen the existing character of the area and community.

How to Apply
Limit your proposal to 4 pages, excluding cover letter. Proposals may have an additional 4 pages of appendix for key staff resumes and existing project examples.

Proposals will be received in the Hennepin County Supplier Portal. In order to submit a proposal, you must first register with the Supplier Portal. For more information on how to register, go to the Supplier Portal help page. Register early to allow enough time to resolve technical issues which could cause you to miss out on this contract opportunity. Responses to this solicitation must be received no later than 3:00 PM Central Time, Thursday, September 29, 2022.

Submit any questions related to this solicitation directly to the project manager in writing via email to: Questions must be received by the project manager by 3:00 PM Central Time, Tuesday, September 20, 2022. Responses will be posted in the Supplier Portal by 3:00 PM Central Time, Friday, September 23, 2022.