Project Committees

Three committees advise the project: the Policy Advisory Committee, the Community Advisory Committee and the Technical Advisory Committee. Meeting agendas and materials can be found in the Project Library.

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Policy Advisory Committee

The Policy Advisory Committee advises the Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority on key elements of the project. The Policy Advisory Committee uses technical and community input to address issues relating to the environmental review, preliminary engineering and station area planning for the Rush Line BRT Project. The Policy Advisory Committee, which meets approximately every two months, consists of elected officials and representatives from higher education, the nonprofit sector and the business community. Policy Advisory Committee members are:

Name Title Organization Alternate or Primary
Marylee Abrams Mayor City of Maplewood Primary
Laurel Amlee Council Member City of Gem Lake Primary
Randy Anderson Director of Business Services ISD 622 Primary
Ruby Azurdia-Lee President Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES) Primary
Rebecca Cave Council Member City of Maplewood Alternate
Paris Dunning Executive Director East Side Area Business Association Primary
Kevin Edberg Council Member City of White Bear Lake Alternate
Jo Emerson (Chair) Mayor City of White Bear Lake Primary
Eric Goebel Council Member City of Vadnais Heights Primary
Monte Hilleman Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development Saint Paul Port Authority Primary
Sheila Kauppi Metro District North Area Manager Minnesota Department of Transportation Primary
Sheila Kelly Member White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce Primary
Scott McCune Supervisor White Bear Township Primary
Kelly Monson Council Member City of Forest Lake Primary
Liz Moscatelli Executive Director Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation Primary
Patrick Opatz Vice President Finance and Administration Century College Primary
John Perlich  Public Affairs Manager Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Alternate
Victoria Reinhardt Commissioner Ramsey County Primary
Andrea Stoesz  Director of Clinical Initiatives Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare Primary
Terri Thao Program Director Nexus Community Partners Primary
Susan Vento Council Member Metropolitan Council Primary
Shannon Watson Director of Public Affairs Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Primary
Nelsie Yang (Vice Chair) Council Member City of Saint Paul Primary
Pakou Yang Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Century College Alternate
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Community Advisory Committee

The Community Advisory Committee advises the Rush Line BRT Project team and Policy Advisory Committee on key project design, station area planning, environmental analysis and operational plan decisions from a community and business perspective. The Community Advisory Committee, which meets approximately quarterly, consists of people who live and work along the Rush Line BRT route. Community Advisory Committee members are:

Name Community
Samantha Crosby Maplewood
Laura Keithahn Maplewood
John O'Phelan Maplewood
Darrell Paulsen Maplewood
Therese Sonnek Maplewood
Yin Thong Maplewood
Lisa Freese Saint Paul
Zack Mensinger Saint Paul
Brent Peterson Saint Paul
Eric Saathoff Saint Paul
Rosemary Slowiak Saint Paul
TraNeicia Sylvester (Co-Chair) Saint Paul
Julie Vang Saint Paul
Cynthia Whiteford Saint Paul
Dave Anderson Vadnais Heights
Curt Cooper Vadnais Heights
Robert Morse (Co-Chair) Vadnais Heights
Michael Werner Vadnais Heights
Richard Johnstone White Bear Lake
Mark Lynch White Bear Lake
Sandy Matzdorf White Bear Lake
Carolyn Wensman White Bear Township
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Technical Advisory Committee

The Technical Advisory Committee meets monthly and advises the Rush Line BRT Project team and Policy Advisory Committee from a technical perspective. It consists of staff (mostly planners and engineers) from public agencies involved in planning the Rush Line BRT Project. Technical Advisory Committee members are:

Name Agency
Frank Alarcon Ramsey County Public Works
Stephen Baisden Metro Transit
Melissa Barnes Minnesota Department of Transportation
Karyn Berg Ramsey County Workforce Solutions
Bill Dermody City of Saint Paul
Jesse Farrell City of Vadnais Heights
Mark Finken City of Saint Paul
Andy Gitzlaff Ramsey County Public Works
Kathryn Hansen Metro Transit
Jason Junge Minnesota Department of Transportation
Anne Kane

City of White Bear Lake

Paul Kauppi City of White Bear Lake
Steve Love City of Maplewood
Michael Martin City of Maplewood
Josh Olson Ramsey County Community Economic Development
Nick Olson Minnesota Department of Transportation
Daniel Peña Metropolitan Council
Tom Riedesel White Bear Township
Nolan Wall City of Vadnais Heights
Scott Yonke Ramsey County Parks and Recreation