Station Area Planning
Station area planning is a collaborative process that examines ways to promote safe and direct station access and transit-oriented development within a half-mile of future transit stations. The Metropolitan Council defines transit-oriented development as "walkable, moderate to high density development served by frequent transit with a mix of housing, retail, and employment choices designed to allow people to live and work without need of a personal automobile."
Ramsey County, in partnership with local communities, led preliminary station area planning for the Rush Line BRT Project between 2018 and 2020 as part of the Environmental Analysis Phase. This work involved engaging with community members early in the design process to refine station platform locations. Station locations were adjusted to maximize access and encourage transit-oriented development.
Preliminary station area planning also consisted of an analysis of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in the project area, a market assessment and a health impact assessment. In 2020, Ramsey County prepared city-specific summaries of preliminary station area planning work for Saint Paul, Maplewood, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.
The preliminary station area planning work will form the basis for advanced station area planning, expected to occur between 2021 and 2023. This effort will develop detailed station area plans that reflect public and stakeholder input, seek to advance racial equity in our region, encourage transit-oriented development and identify infrastructure investments to improve station access.
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