Design and Engineering
View the most recent design plans under the Route and Stations section below.
During the design and engineering of the METRO Gold Line project, staff will further analyze the cost and relationships between design concepts proposed in the Pre-Project Development phase. At the conclusion of design and engineering work, the project will have the speciﬁcations and blueprints that will guide the construction.
Design concepts that are further studied and specified during design and engineering, include:
- Vehicle and vehicle technology
- Route and alignment
- Station locations and amenities
- Park & Ride lots and layover or maintenance facilities
- Bridges and tunnels
- Transit service plans
The Gold Line will travel approximately 10 miles in primarily bus-only lanes through downtown Saint Paul, Saint Paul east side, Maplewood, Landfall, Oakdale and Woodbury and stop at 21 full-amenity stations and three new Park & Ride facilities. The lanes dedicated only to transit buses will be built north of Interstate 94.
Gold Line Updated Design Plans
The METRO Gold Line BRT project has refined route and station area designs from 15% to 30% completion.
You can learn more and get your questions answered in the following ways:
View full design plans and individual station pages. Questions can be submitted directly through the website.
Contact Liz Jones via email or phone with questions:
Watch a design update presentation video below. Closed captioning is available in the video, as well as translated closed captioning.
Download text transcripts of the video with presentation slides:
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Download the presentation slides.
Contact Liz Jones with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Downtown Saint Paul
Oakdale and Landfall
View full design plans of the most updated route and station layout for the Gold Line project.
Note: Layouts are a work in progress and subject to change.
Design advancement for the Gold Line BRT began in early 2018, reached 15% completion in early 2019 and completed 30% design in March 2020. The Engineering phase begins when enough design work has been completed. Engineering is expected to begin later in 2020 and will take approximately two years to complete.
Station area planning
Washington County conducted station area planning around proposed Gold Line stations within the corridor. This work allowed coordination of planning, land uses, and policy development along the line. Planning around the Gold Line has and will continue to allow cities and project partners to identify new opportunities for economic development, ridership growth, and creation of Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) sites near station areas. Washington County's station area planning work was completed in 2019. More information can be found at the Gold Line Partners.