BUS RAPID TRANSIT: Twin Cities BRT gets $1 million federal grant

Stations will be erected between downtown St. Paul and Woodbury

September 16, 2015

The Gateway Corridor Gold Line in the Twin Cities, Minn., will receive a $1 million federal grant to help plan for development around 13 proposed bus rapid transit stations between downtown St. Paul and Woodbury.

The grant is sourced via a new Federal Transit Administration pilot program for transit-oriented development planning. It will be matched by $300,000 from the Counties Transit Improvement Board, which is funded by a 0.25% sales tax in several counties, including Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties.

The Gold Line, overall, is a proposed $485 million transit project similar to the Blue Line and Green Line light rail services; it’s buses would run on a dedicated roadway, serving train-style platforms near I-94 at Union Depot, Mounds Boulevard, Earl Street, Etna Street, White Bear Avenue, Sun Ray, 3M headquarters, Greenway Avenue, Helmo Avenue, Inwood Avenue, Keats Avenue, Settlers Ridge Parkway and Manning Avenue.

Read more about transportation and transit developments in the Twin Cities in the upcoming fall issue of TM&E, which will be at www.roadsbridge.com on Oct. 9 and will also mail with the October print issue of Roads & Bridges magazine.