Overview: Phase 4 Plan, Sun Ray

This overview provides information on the Phase 4 BRTOD Plan that addresses:

  • Phasing: Maintain existing viable uses, Cub Foods and others
  • Multi-modal Transit Center: Identify a long-term site near the BRT station
  • Plazas and parks: Identify amenities for improving livability next to I-94
  • Connectivity: Identify walking and biking routes, especially to 3M

The BRTOD Plan will:

  • Serve as a policy and implementation guide for the City of Saint Paul’s Station Area Plans
  • Clarify and provide additional detail for the vision, circulation, and development plans identified in the City’s adopted Station Area Plans

Background

Sun Ray Mixed-Use Neighborhood Station

Station typologies reflect the complementary role between stations along the corridor and inform the type and intensity of transit-oriented development that should be emphasized in each station’s development plan.

Station typologies respond to station-specific conditions, community desires, and adopted policies and plans while being consistent with best practices for transit-oriented development. Assigning a station typology for each station area considers site conditions, market conditions, and demographics.

Based on these factors, the ten stations along the corridor were assigned one of four types:

  • Neighborhood: Established residential areas with fewer opportunities for transit-oriented infill or development
  • Mixed-use neighborhood: Established residential areas with fewer opportunities for transit-oriented infill or development
  • Employment: Established employment centers that provide family-wage jobs and high transit ridership opportunities
  • Commerce: Established commercial centers that serve both the corridor and region

Sun Ray is a “mixed-use neighborhood station” and provides the following:

  • A mixed-use destination that retains transit-supportive uses, supports local businesses and provides housing options
  • Phased approach for redevelopment of the shopping center

Background: Station Location and Guideway Design Refinements (September 2018)

At the Sun Ray Station, the proposed BRT bus route (exclusive, bus-only lanes) is to be located along the north side of I-94 and south of Old Hudson Road between Ruth Street and McKnight Road.

The station platform is located east of Pedersen Street and will consist of a 20-foot wide center platform.

Station access improvements will include the following as shown on the graphics:

  • Crosswalks
  • New sidewalks on Pedersen Street
  • A walk + bike trail along Old Hudson Road
  • Potential sound wall/snow wall between the BRT station platform and I-94

Phase 4 Circulation Plan

The Circulation Plan includes a walk and bike trail on Pedersen Street that links community activity centers, the Transit Center, and the BRT station.

A full complement of walk and bike improvements form a “loop” north and south of I-94 that emphasizes safe and direct access to the station and other destinations within 1/2 mile of the Sun Ray Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) station.

These are described and shown on the map and additional illustrations below.

3rd Street bike lanes (A on the map)

Potential 3rd Street bike lanes connect the BRT station to residential areas, Harding High School, and the Conway Recreation Center and Sun Ray library.

Pedersen Street Trail (A on the map)

Potential widened sidewalks and a walk + bike trail connects the existing Sun Ray transit center, the library, and Conway Recreation Center to the Sun Ray BRT station.

Old Hudson Road Trail Segment (B on the map)

Potential Corridor Trail improvements along the north side of Old Hudson Road provide safe walk and bike access to the BRT station and to destinations such as the Sun Ray Shopping Center and the 3M campus.

Ruth Street Bridge Corridor Trail Segment (B on the map)

 Potential Ruth Street Bridge improvements (Corridor walk and bike trail on east side of bridge) connect the BRT station and Sun Ray shopping center to destinations south of I-94 such as grocery stores and the corridor trail along Burns Avenue

Existing and planned walk and bike routes

The City’s Bicycle Plan designates improvements on Ruth Street (bike lanes), Wilson Avenue/Old Hudson Road/Hazel Street (bike markings in roadway), Burns Avenue (bike lanes), and McKnight Road (walk + bike trail).


Phase 4 Development Plan

The Sun Ray Station Development Plan is a long-term vision to create mixed-use housing and commercial uses that take advantage of access and visibility to I-94, the BRT station, proximity to the 3M campus, and community facilities along Wilson Avenue.

The Sun Ray BRT station and potential plaza and park amenities encourage future development, including:

  • Shopping center redevelopment into a mixed-use neighborhood with multi-family housing, employment, and retail/commercial uses
  • A new street grid with enhanced opportunities to walk and bike to neighborhood uses, and safe and direct access to the Sun Ray station
  • A station plaza surrounded by retail storefronts that create an active Sun Ray station area
  • Long-term park-and-ride and Transit Center near the Sun Ray BRT station