Rush Line BRT Project

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Review and comment on the Environmental Assessment between May 11 and June 25, 2021

About the Rush Line BRT Project

The Rush Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project is a proposed 15-mile transit route with stations between Union Depot in Saint Paul and downtown White Bear Lake. It would operate primarily in dedicated bus lanes seven days a week and arrive at stops every ten minutes during rush hours and every fifteen minutes during other times. The project would connect people to jobs, education, healthcare, and recreation destinations while supporting economic development along the corridor.

Environmental Assessment

The project’s Environmental Assessment was available for public comment between May 11 and June 25, 2021. All comments received are now being reviewed by the Federal Transit Administration and Ramsey County, the project’s lead federal and local agencies.

Several public meetings were held during the Environmental Assessment public comment period. View the recordings of the virtual Environmental Assessment open house events held on June 2 and June 3, 2021. Substantive comments will be responded to in the environmental decision document, expected to be published in fall of 2021.

Transition to Metropolitan Council and METRO Purple Line Rebranding

Leadership of the Rush Line BRT Project is currently in the process of transitioning from Ramsey County to the Metropolitan Council. As the region’s leading transit provider, the Metropolitan Council has the experience and expertise to lead final design (expected 2022-24) and construction (expected 2024-2026) for the project, and ultimately operate the BRT as part of the regional METRO system. The Metropolitan Council has been involved with all aspects of project planning to date.

The project’s transition to the Metropolitan Council will be complete when the project’s environmental process concludes and the project enters the Project Development phase of the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grants program (expected in late 2021). Along with this transition, the project will be rebranded as the METRO Purple Line BRT Project.

Following the transition, Ramsey County, as the project’s local funding partner, will continue to be involved with the project at the staff and policymaker levels. Ramsey County will also lead Advanced Station Area Planning between 2022 and 2024 in partnership with corridor cities, the Metropolitan Council and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.