METRO Gold Line BRT Project
The METRO Gold Line will connect people across the region to job centers, housing options, transit stations and key destinations in the I-94 corridor. The planned 10-mile dedicated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line will connect Saint Paul, Maplewood, Landfall, Oakdale and Woodbury generally along Interstate 94.
Initially researched in the I-94 Corridor Study and formerly known as the Gateway Corridor when planning was being led by Washington County, the Gold Line will be Minnesota's first BRT line that operates primarily within bus-only lanes. These lanes are dedicated only to transit buses, and will be built north of Interstate 94. The Gold Line will be built with several premium features to ensure a comfortable ride and fast service:
- Frequent, all-day service in both directions
- Pre-boarding fare payment for faster stops
- Access to Park & Ride lots in Saint Paul, Oakdale and Woodbury
- Real-time arrival and departure information
- Heated shelters, lighting and security features
The Gold Line Fact Sheet has more information on these features.
Gold Line is expected to begin service in 2025.
Gold Line BRT is on track to begin service in 2025. 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 summer 2022 and will take approximately two years to complete. Some utility work is expected to begin in spring 2022.
News & Updates
> Gold Line BRT construction planning begins! On April 13, 2021, the Federal Transit Administration approved the project to prepare for construction. Project engineers will now develop the blueprints for construction, which is scheduled to begin in 2022. Some utility work is expected to begin in summer 2021. More information on the construction schedule will be available soon.
> The 60% design comment period has closed, but you are still able to view design plans and ask questions here. View and ask questions on Gold Line's 60% design plans here.
> Watch a recording of 60% design virtual open house events
> Due to COVID-19, all Gold Line in-person engagement events and meetings are canceled. A limited number of outdoor socially-distanced events were held in September and October to share 60% designs. More info on upcoming events.
> Decision Documents on the METRO Gold Line Bus Rapid Transit Environmental Assessment from The Federal Transit Administration, The Federal Highway Administration and The Metropolitan Council have been issued. A Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was published on January 17, 2020 by FTA and March 5, 2020 by FHWA, as well as a Findings of Fact and Conclusions by The Metropolitan Council on March 26, 2020.
> Visit News & Updates for additional news releases and press related to the Gold Line Project
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