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Gold Line Design and Engineering

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
  • 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.

Gold Line Updated Design Plans

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

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

View full design plans and individual station pages. Questions and comments can be submitted directly through the website.

Contact Liz Jones via email or phone with questions:, 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 text transcripts of the video with presentation slides:

English   Soomaali   Español   Hmoob   Karen

Download the presentation slides.


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:

Station locations:

Downtown Saint Paul


Saint Paul



Maplewood Station

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, completed 30% design in March 2020 and finalized 60% plans in September 2020. The Engineering phase is expected to begin in 2021 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.