Good News For Rushline!
6 Jul 2020
Good news for Rush Line BRT – project receives $1.25 million federal grant for development plans
This month, the Federal Transit Administration announced a $1.25 million grant to support transit-oriented development plans along the Rush Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route. Rush Line BRT is a 15-mile transit route with 21 stations connecting Saint Paul, Maplewood, Vadnais Heights, Gem Lake, White Bear Lake and White Bear Township. Construction is set to start in 2024 with service projected to begin in 2026.
Transit-oriented development prepares for transit-supportive land uses and improved pedestrian, bike, and auto access within a half-mile of each of the 21 station areas along the Rush Line route. This type of development typically includes a mix of housing, office, retail, or other amenities - integrated into a walkable neighborhood. These planning efforts will help communities create better access to jobs, housing, and opportunities for people of all ages and incomes.
“Locating jobs, housing, education, healthcare and other essential resources near high-quality transit is part of how we enhance quality of life in Ramsey County,” said Victoria Reinhardt, Ramsey County Commissioner and Chair of the Rush Line Corridor Task Force. “By carefully planning for the future of these station areas, we make the most of the substantial investment in Ramsey County’s prosperity that the Rush Line represents.”
The Rush Line BRT Project team is currently completing an Environmental Assessment, expected to be published for public comment at the end of 2020. For more information about the Rush Line BRT Project, please visit: https://www.ramseycounty.us/residents/roads-transit/regional-railroad-authority/rush-line-brt-project/environmental-process