Overview: Phase 4 Plan, White Bear Avenue

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

  • Safety: A highly visible and active station
  • Connectivity: Walking and biking routes into the neighborhood and to shopping destinations
  • Housing: Opportunities to increase affordable and market rate housing
  • Jobs: Long-term, mixed-use commercial development south of Interstate 94

The BRTOD Plan:

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


White Bear “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 to each station area considers site conditions, market conditions, and demographics.

Based on these factors, the 10 stations along the corridor were assigned one of four types:

White Bear Avenue is a “neighborhood” station, and provides the following:

  • Improved station access to existing transit-dependent neighborhood
  • New infill housing at the station, both affordable and market-rate
  • Long-term bus rapid transit-oriented development uses south of I-94, including employment, commercial, and housing

Station Location and Guideway Design Refinements (September 2018)

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.

Phase 4 Circulation Plan

The circulation plan includes the following:

  • Within 1/4 mile of the station, a “loop” of walk and bike improvements to ensure safe and direct access between the station and shopping destinations south of I-94 along Suburban Avenue.
  • Within 1/2 mile of the station, walk and bike improvements connect the station to the neighborhood on Hazel Street and link destinations such as recreation centers, and schools along 3rd Street and Ruth Street.

Old Hudson Road bike lanes (A on the map above)

Bike lanes and sidewalks provide primary east and west access to the station between White Bear Avenue and Ruth Street

White Bear Avenue Bridge trail (A on the map above)

Connect the BRT station to the corridor trail (Suburban Avenue and Burns Avenue) and destinations such as Target.

3rd Street bike lanes (A on the map above)

Connect the BRT station to residential areas, Harding High School, and the Conway Recreation Center and Sun Ray Library.

Corridor-wide walk and bike trail (B on the map above)

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 4 Development Plan

The Development Plan identifies the location of land 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. Land uses and development density are consistent with the City’s adopted station area zoning.

Potential development concept on north side of I-94

The 3-D illustration shows potential new development opportunities at the White Bear Station north of I-94:

  • 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

A future Suburban Avenue Corridor Plan should guide redevelopment of this commercial area. The plan should consider:

  • Park and an open-space amenity for potential housing and/or commercial uses
  • Apartment buildings and townhomes to provide housing options
  • Commercial and employment uses to support additional employment and neighborhood-supporting commercial goods and services