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Gold Line Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Gold Line Updated Design Plans

The METRO Gold Line BRT project refined route and station site designs to 60% completion. 

You can learn more and get your questions answered in the following ways:

View a PDF of 60% site plans and cross-sections of stations

View a PDF of sample station renderings 

View a PDF of 60% design plans of the full route

View individual station pages and submit questions through the website

Watch a recording of the virtual open houses

Contact Liz Jones via email or phone with questions or comments:

elizabeth.jones@metrotransit.org, 651-602-1977 (please leave a voicemail).

Watch a design update presentation video below. Closed captioning is available in the video, as well as translated closed captioning. 

Download PDF text transcripts of the video with presentation slides: 

English  Soomaali   Español   Hmoob   Karen

Download a PDF of the presentation slides.


Project Development and Engineering 

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
  • Landscaping
  • Drainage
  • Utilities
  • Bridges and tunnels
  • Transit service plans

Route and stations

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.

The Gold Line will travel from St. Paul to Woodbury and have 21 stations.

 


Individual station pages 

Questions and comments by station can be submitted directly through the website at the below links.

For general comments and questions, contact Liz Jones: elizabeth.jones@metrotransit.org

Station locations:

Downtown Saint Paul

 

Saint Paul

 

Maplewood

Maplewood Station

Oakdale and Landfall

 

Woodbury

 
 

View full design plans of the most updated route and station layout for the Gold Line project PDF

Note: Layouts are a work in progress and subject to change.


Schedule

Gold Line BRT remains on track to begin service in 2024. The design work on the project has been underway since 2018 and is expected to wrap up later in 2021. In April 2021, the Federal Transit Administration approved the project to begin engineering work. During engineering, the project engineers will complete the final design and draw the blueprints to guide Gold Line construction. Construction is expected to begin in 2022 and will take approximately two years to complete. Some utility work is expected to begin in summer 2021. 


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.