Overview: Phase 2 BRTOD Concept Alternatives, White Bear Avenue

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). 

Background: White Bear Station Area Objectives

From community input in October 2017, the following objectives were identified for this station area:

  • Create a safe station environment
  • Consider a safe and direct extension of Hazel Street south to Suburban Avenue (I-94 undercrossing)
  • Ensure safe walking and biking within the station area
  • Maintain affordable housing
  • Promote additional housing and development opportunities

Background: Guideway Design Refinements (May 2018)

One of the objectives for this station area was to consider a safe and direct extension of Hazel Street south to Suburban Avenue (I-94 undercrossing). The undercrossing was intended to provide direct station access to and from potential future development and redevelopment areas along Suburban Avenue, and a safe and direct walk and bike access for residents north of I-94 to goods and services such as Target, Aldi, and Ha Tien Market. Due to cost and potential safety concerns this option does not have City support and will not be included in further planning.


 Phase 2 Alternatives: Station Location

At the White Bear Station, the proposed BRT bus route is to be located along the north side of I-94 and south of Old Hudson Road between White Bear Avenue and Ruth Street. Two station locations are being considered at Van Dyke Street (adjacent to the senior housing) and Hazel Street, as indicated on the map. Additional information and illustrations are on the following pages.

Hazel Street station location option:

Hazel Street station location: Benefits

  • High visibility and direct, level access to the station
  • New apartment building and potential future development supports activity at the station
  • Hazel Street is the primary station access route and a city-designated walk and bike route between the station and Larpenteur Avenue

Hazel Street station location: Challenges

  • Farther from White Bear Avenue and bus transfers

 

Van Dyke Street station location option:

Van Dyke station location: Benefits

  • Proximity to White Bear Avenue and bus transfers
  • Close to existing senior housing and commercial uses on White Bear Avenue

Van Dyke station location: Challenges

  • Access to the station is not directly connected to existing through streets and is elevated, requiring a ramp to get to the platform
  • There is limited activity directly at the station next to the senior housing parking, and the station is less visible from Old Hudson Road

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 White Bear Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Station.

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

3rd Street and White Bear Avenue Bridge bike lanes (A on the map above): Potential 3rd Street bike lanes connect the BRT station to residential areas, Harding High School and the Conway Recreation Center/library.

The White Bear Bridge protected bike lanes connect the BRT station to the corridor trail (Suburban Avenue and Burns Avenue) and destinations such as Target.

Hazel Street sidewalks and bike markings in roadway (B on the map above): Potential improvements provide a direct connection between residential areas and the BRT station.

Corridor-wide walk and bike trail (C on the map above): Potential improvements along the south side of Suburban Avenue and Burns Avenue connect to Target, Aldi, Ha Tien Market, and other destinations, and to I-94 crossings at White Bear Avenue and Ruth Street.


Phase 2 Alternatives: Potential Transit-supportive Land Uses

The potential land use concept 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: 550 to 750 units
  • Employment/commercial: office or flex 300,000-500,000 square feet
  • Limited retail and services: 5,000-25,000 square feet
  • Public parks: 2 acres

The White Bear BRT station and potential park amenities encourage future development, including:

  • Multi-family housing and a new park along Old Hudson Road adjacent to the White Bear Station support an active station environment and additional transit riders
  • A mixed-use neighborhood with multi-family housing, employment, and commercial uses south of I-94 along Suburban Avenue
  • A new street grid with enhanced opportunities to walk and bike to neighborhood uses, and safe and direct access to the White Bear station

Potential land uses on north and south sides of I-94: These 3-D illustrations show potential new development or redevelopment opportunities at the White Bear Station north of I-94, and along Suburban Avenue south of I-94.

North side of I-94 at White Bear Station (Hazel Street):

  • New park
  • Station oriented toward the park
  • Apartment buildings (325 to 450 dwelling units) provide housing options close to the station, and support transit ridership and a safe station environment

South side of I-94 along Suburban Avenue:

  • New street grid encourages walking and biking and reduces the scale of development
  • New park provides an open-space amenity for housing
  • Apartment buildings and townhomes (225 to 300 dwelling units) provide housing options close to the station and support transit ridership
  • Street-oriented (Suburban Avenue) commercial and employment uses (200,000 to 400,000 square feet) provide opportunities for additional employment and neighborhood-supporting commercial goods and services (10,000 to 35,000 square feet of retail/services (not illustrated)


Phase 2 Alternatives: Destinations

Looking at the METRO Gold Line BRT route and the two destination maps on this page, 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.