Rush Line BRT Project

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

Transition to Metropolitan Council as METRO Purple Line 

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

The project is expected to fully transition to the Metropolitan Council by late 2021 or early 2022. 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. It will ultimately operate the BRT line as part of the regional METRO system. Project transition will be complete when the 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). 

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.

Completion of Environmental Process

The project’s Environmental Assessment was available for public comment between May 11 and June 25, 2021. All comments received were 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 are responded to in the environmental decision document, or Finding of No Significant Impact, which the Federal Transit Administration approved on October 5, 2021.