Gold Line BRT + Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)
The METRO Gold Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project is a planned, 9-mile dedicated transitway in Ramsey and Washington Counties that will connect St. Paul, Maplewood, Landfall, Oakdale and Woodbury.
Bus Rapid Transit-Oriented Development (BRTOD) is a type of development approximately 1/2 mile around stations that includes a mix of housing, office, retail, and/or other amenities integrated into a walkable neighborhood. BRTOD planning will help communities create better access to jobs, housing, and opportunity for people of all ages and incomes.
METRO Gold Line BRT stations are located in a wide range of community types and real estate markets. Cities along the route each have their own vision for the area surrounding the station(s). A larger planning effort is needed to tie these community visions together to form a cohesive plan for the entirety of the corridor.
The METRO Gold Line will:
- Be Minnesota’s first BRT line that operates primarily within exclusive bus-only lanes. These exclusive lanes are dedicated only to transit buses and will be built north of Interstate 94 in St. Paul, Maplewood, and Landfall, and along Helmo Avenue in Oakdale and Bielenberg Drive in Woodbury.
- Provide frequent, all-day service in both directions, seven days a week and connect St. Paul and the eastern suburbs with the growing regional transit system
- Offer new opportunities for residents, employees and business owners by strengthening connections to and from the eastern suburbs with 11 new stations
In 2017, the project entered the next phase that includes:
- Bus Rapid Transit Project Development: BRT design and engineering for the transitway and BRT stations, and the Metropolitan Council led Environmental Assessment.
- Bus Rapid Transit-Oriented Development Plans: Transit-oriented development (TOD) plans for transit-supportive land uses and improved pedestrian, bike, and auto access within a half mile of each of the 10 METRO Gold Line BRT stations (see map). The Gateway Corridor Commission, which includes the five cities and two counties along the line, leads this project. A Federal Transit Administration TOD Pilot Program grant was received by the Metropolitan Council to complete this work.
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Maplewood – Maplewood/3M
Gold Line BRT + Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Plans – Timeline
METRO Gold Line BRT design and engineering and Bus Rapid Transit Oriented Development (BRTOD) planning will run concurrently, closely coordinating BRT guideway and station design with transit-oriented development plans for each of the 10 stations to maximize transit ridership.
Get Involved, Learn More
BRT Project Development: To learn more and get involved with the BRT design and engineering, visit the Metro Transit website.
Bus Rapid Transit Oriented Development Plans: Ramsey County, Washington County, and the partner cities of St. Paul, Maplewood, Landfall, Oakdale, and Woodbury are committed to work directly with stakeholders throughout the BRTOD Planning process.
- Email: GatewayCorridor@co.washington.mn.us
- Phone: 651-430-4300
Health Impact Assessment (HIA)
A health impact assessment (HIA) has been completed for the Gateway Corridor, to assess health impacts of land use around each of the proposed Gateway stations as a part of the Gateway bus rapid transit (BRT) project.
What is the HIA?
We are engaging the Gateway Corridor Commission’s Community Advisory Committee, Technical Advisory Committee, Policy Advisory Committee, and the Living Healthy in Washington County and Ramsey County/Saint Paul committees.
The HIA will use input from targeted community engagement to decide on several “health indicators” that are important to the corridor and will help to inform station area planning efforts, local land use controls, and comprehensive plan updates.
Final Report Documents
HIA Study Documents
The Gateway Corridor Commission is grateful to the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, with funding from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation for a $100,000 grant supporting this assessment.