Purpose and Need public comments
Approximately 55 comments on the draft Purpose and Need Technical Report were received during the public comment period. Thank you for your valuable feedback! These comments will be used to help shape the final document before it is presented to the Policy Advisory Committee in July, where members will vote to approve the final version which is then sent to the Federal Transit Administration. A summary of the comments received are linked below and the final Purpose and Need Technical Report will be posted here soon.
What is the Riverview Modern Streetcar project?
The Riverview Modern Streetcar project is a 12-mile planned transportation connection between neighborhoods and anchor destinations and employers in downtown Saint Paul, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the Mall of America.The planned modern streetcar line is planned to run generally along State Highway 5 (West 7th Street) and will provide a higher capacity with frequent service in an area with growing population and employment, and a transit reliant population that needs accessible and dependable service. Modern streetcar can also be an incentive for reinvestment and economic development.
Modern streetcar vehicles can operate on the same track as light rail vehicles, but are generally smaller than light rail vehicles. The planned modern streetcar line includes use of existing METRO Green Line stations and tracks in downtown Saint Paul and existing METRO Blue Line stations and tracks in Bloomington. Ten new stations are planned in Saint Paul and one in the historic Fort Snelling at Bdote area. Modern streetcar stations are generally smaller than light rail stations but have the same amenities such as heated shelters, ample lighting, off-board fare collection and signs showing real-time departure times.
Modern streetcar, running generally along State Highway 5 (West 7th Street), was chosen as the Locally Preferred Alternative by the Riverview Policy Advisory Committee in December 2017 after analyzing various routes and transit modes for more than three years. The next step is the Engineering and Pre-Environmental Phase of work which began in October 2020 and will continue through 2023. During this phase, project staff will examine impacts and gather detailed information to refine the project's design.