Rush Line BRT Project

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What is the Rush Line BRT Project?

The Rush Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project is a proposed 15-mile transit route with stops between Union Depot in Lowertown Saint Paul and downtown White Bear Lake.

Rush Line BRT will:

  • Run seven days a week from early in the morning to late at night.
  • Arrive every 10 minutes during rush hours and every 15 minutes other times.
  • Connect people to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation destinations.
  • Provide fast and reliable transit service.
  • Have stations with amenities like shelter, light, heat, fare payment machines and real-time departure signs.
  • Support economic development.
  • Conveniently connect to METRO Green Line, METRO Gold Line, local and intercity buses and Amtrak® service at Union Depot.

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Why is the Rush Line BRT Project needed?

The purpose of the Rush Line BRT Project is to provide transit service that satisfies the long-term regional mobility and accessibility needs for businesses and the traveling public and supports sustainable development within the study area between Saint Paul and White Bear Lake.

The needs the Rush Line BRT Project addresses are:

  • Serving the needs of people who rely on transit.
  • Meeting increasing demand for reliable, high-frequency transit.
  • Planning for sustainable growth and development.
  • Expanding multimodal travel options.

See the data behind the Rush Line BRT Project's purpose and need (PDF).

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These documents are in PDF format.

Bus rapid transit was selected in 2017 as a result of the Pre-Project Development Study. The preferred bus rapid transit route follows roadways and a dedicated guideway to be co-located with the Bruce Vento Regional Trail through the portion of the route that utilizes the Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority right-of-way. The current phase of work includes:

  • Environmental review.
  • Preliminary engineering.
  • Station area planning.
  • Communication and public engagement.