Public comment needed on METRO Gold Line BRT Environmental Assessment

Posted In: Transportation
Date: 10/4/2019

The public is being asked to weigh in on a future rapid transit line that will connect the east metro to downtown Saint Paul. Planning, design and development work is underway on the METRO Gold Line Bus Rapid Transit line that will serve Woodbury, Oakdale, Maplewood, Landfall and Saint Paul. Service is scheduled to begin in 2024.

Both the state and federal government require a detailed environmental assessment of the project. That work has been completed, and the public has 30 days to review it and make comments that will be included in the final public record.

The environmental assessment considers a wide variety of possible impacts the project could have on the neighborhoods and communities it serves. Some of the topics covered include connection to community and social resources, impacts on the environment, historic properties and even indirect effects and long-term impacts.

“No one understands these impacts better than the people and organizations the line will serve,” said Gold Line Project Manager Christine Beckwith. “A successful transit line has to become part of the communities it serves. Feedback from the people and businesses who will use the line every day is essential and extremely helpful to us as we work to make sure the project becomes a seamless part of the community.”

About the METRO Gold Line

The METRO Gold Line is a planned 10-mile bus rapid transit (BRT) line that will connect Saint Paul, Maplewood, Landfall, Oakdale, and Woodbury with bus-only lanes generally north of and near Interstate 94. The Gold Line will provide more transit connections to the east metro with 21 full-amenity transit stations and frequent all-day service, seven days a week.

The project is being managed through a unique partnership between the Metropolitan Council, Metro Transit, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Ramsey and Washington counties, and the cities of Saint Paul, Maplewood, Landfall, Oakdale, and Woodbury.

Review the environmental assessment

The environmental assessment has been completed and results are provided in the document. The 30-day public comment period is Oct. 7 to Nov. 6, 2019. The full environmental assessment is available on the Gold Line project website, metrotransit.org/gold-line-environmental, and at local government offices and libraries throughout the corridor beginning on Oct. 7.

The METRO Gold Line Bus Rapid Transit Environmental Assessment can be viewed at these locations:

  • George Latimer Central Library, downtown St. Paul
  • Dayton’s Bluff Library, St. Paul
  • Sun Ray Library, St. Paul
  • Maplewood Library, Maplewood
  • Landfall City Hall, Landfall
  • Oakdale Library, Oakdale
  • H. Stafford Library, Woodbury
  • Gold Line Project Office, downtown St. Paul

Open houses

The Metropolitan Council is hosting public events to provide information on the environmental assessment, answer questions and offer an opportunity for public comment. The environmental assessment document along with supporting materials will be available for viewing. The public may also provide written comments or verbal comments on the document at these events. There will be no formal presentation. Public events will be held at the following times and locations:

Open House
Tuesday, Oct. 22
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
East Side Learning Hub at Harding High School
1526 Sixth Street East
St. Paul

Open House
Wednesday, Oct. 23
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Landfall Community Center
2 Fourth Avenue
Landfall

Office Hours at the Gold Line Project Office
Monday, Oct. 28
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
121 Seventh Place East, Suite 102
St. Paul

Submit a comment

The public may also submit comments online or by mail:

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