Bruce Vento Regional Trail Improvement Overview
The Bruce Vento Regional Trail corridor is 13 miles in length and extends from the east side of downtown Saint Paul to the north county line at County Road J in Ramsey County. The southern seven-mile segment of the regional trail was completed in 2005 from downtown Saint Paul to Buerkle Road in Ramsey County on former Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railway. The remaining six miles of the trail north of Buerkle Road to County Road J is still undeveloped due to active rail use.
Beginning in 2014, Parks & Recreation has launched a series of projects to accommodate trail improvements for master plan adjustments, planning and design for sections of the trail north of Buerkle Road, and to integrate the Bruce Vento Regional Trail with Rush Line BRT improvements within the regional trail corridor.
These projects are ongoing, but long-term benefits will be achieved for completion of a six-mile major gap in the Regional Bike Transportation Network and United States Bike Route 41 (USBR 41). Ongoing project improvements will provide significant multimodal access for residents within Ramsey County and the State of Minnesota that does not exist today such as reducing significant barriers from heavy industrial/office land use corridors and major transportation routes. These projects will provide critical pedestrian connections to a proposed arterial bus rapid transit project (Rush Line BRT), in addition to connections to the Highway 96 Regional Trail, Lakes Line Regional Trail, South Shore Lake Trail, local trails and future connection to the Hardwood Creek Regional Trail.
Due to the complexity, Parks & Recreation initiated three separate regional trail projects. Learn more about project details and engagement activities through each individual project's page.
- Bruce Vento Regional Trail Master Plan Amendment
- Bruce Vento Trail Extension - Buerkle Road to Hoffman/Highway 61 (Phase 1)
- Bruce Vento Regional Trail Extension - Whitaker Street to County Road J (Phase 2)
Approximately $828,000 has been received to date for design activities through Parks and Trails Legacy Amendment funds. Construction funding has not been secured for either Phase 1 or Phase 2 extensions.