Overview: Phase 2 BRTOD Concept Alternatives, Earl Street

This overview includes Phase 2 station area alternatives for the station location and guideway, pedestrian and bicycle access, and transit-supportive land use concepts (PDF version). 

Phase 2 Alternatives: Station Access

The proposed walk and bike connections emphasize safe and direct access to the station, link existing and planned City walk and bike improvements and other destinations within a 1/2-mile of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) station.

 

Earl Street (A on the map): The proposed improvements to the Earl Street bridge include wide sidewalks and bike lanes as shown below. Potential improvements extend the bike lanes to the Margaret Street walk and bike boulevard and the Indian Mounds Park trails.

 

Corridor-wide walk and bike trail (B on the map above): Potential Mounds Boulevard and Burns Avenue trail improvements connect the planned Johnson Parkway trail to the Bruce Vento Trail.

Existing and planned walk and bike routes (light blue line on the map): City’s Bicycle Plan designates walk and bike improvements on Margaret Street, Forest Street, Euclid Street and Johnson Parkway.

 


Phase 2 Alternatives: Potential Redevelopment Opportunity Sites

The land use concept identifies the strategic redevelopment and types of uses that provide a safe and active BRT station environment, and support BRT ridership including:

  • A new street-oriented commercial storefront directly opposite the station with office or housing on upper floors
  • Storefront improvements to existing buildings promote commercial activity and retain neighborhood serving businesses

Looking at the illustration, redevelopment of a portion of parking lot provides the opportunity to enhance the value of an existing property with a new commercial storefront. New development and storefront improvements to existing buildings and businesses provide activity at the station, promote a safe station environment, and serve the neighborhood and transit patrons.


Phase 2 Alternatives: Destinations

Looking at the METRO Gold Line BRT route and the two destination maps below, note the wide variety of destinations along the corridor that will be accessible via the Gold Line BRT after it opens in 2024. One of the key benefits of the Gold Line BRT is to provide more convenient access to destinations such as bike routes, restaurants, shopping, recreation and fitness, entertainment and sports, classes and education, meetings and appointments, and transit connections.