Overview: Phase 2 BRTOD Concept Alternatives, Etna Station

This overview explains how to get more involved and provides information on Phase 2 station area concepts for station access, transit-supportive land uses, and access to key destinations along the Gold Line corridor. (PDF version). 

Phase 2 Alternatives: Station Access

The proposed walk and bike connections emphasize safe and direct access to the station and other destinations within 1/2 mile of the Etna Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Station. These are described and shown on the map and additional illustrations below.

 

3rd Street and Etna Street bike lanes (A on the map above): Potential improvements connect the station to residential areas, Harding High School, and the Johnson Parkway trail.

 

Wilson Avenue sidewalks and bike markings in roadway (B on the map above): Potential improvements connect the planned Johnson Parkway trail to Etna Street.

 

Wilson Avenue/Old Hudson Road and Highway 61 trail (C on the map above): A walk + bike trail between Etna Street and Old Hudson Road and along the east and west sides of Highway 61.

 

Corridor-wide walk and bike trail (D on the map above): Part of the corridor-wide trail, potential improvements along Burns Avenue connect Johnson Parkway to the potential I-94-Kennard walk + bike bridge to White Bear Avenue.

Corridor-wide trail connects to local and regional walk + bike trail network (shown below and D on the map above)The Twin Cities ranks in the top 20 among the 70 largest US cities in percentage of bicycling commuters identified in the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. A proposed 9-mile corridor-wide walking and biking trail adjacent to the Gold Line BRT transitway and a parallel route will connect BRT stations and link to employment, recreation, shopping, entertainment, and existing regional trails.


Phase 2 Alternatives: Potential Transit-supportive Land Uses

The land use concept below identifies the location of uses that support a safe and active BRT station environment, enhance BRT ridership and capitalize on the station area’s proximity to I-94, and access to BRT. These include multi-family housing (275-550 units), employment (office at 85,000-250,000 square feet), limited retail and services (5,000-10,000 square feet), and a public park (1.95 acres). The Etna BRT station and potential park encourage future development, including:

  • A mixed-use neighborhood with multi-family housing and employment, surrounding a central park
  • A new street grid (Clarence Street extension and new street) with enhanced opportunities to walk and bike to neighborhood uses, and safe and direct access to the Etna station
  • Multi-family housing located adjacent to the Etna Station (provides an active use at the station)

 

The illustration below of multi-family housing with ground-floor commercial is an example of how future transit-oriented development supports an active station environment and additional BRT riders. (View is looking south.)


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.

Gold Line Destinations, West (below)

 

Gold Line Destinations, East (below)