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Purple Line BRT Project

The Purple Line is a proposed 15-mile Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line that would serve the communities of Saint Paul, Maplewood, Vadnais Heights, Gem Lake, White Bear Township, and White Bear Lake.

The line will connect with existing and future light rail and BRT service of the METRO system, including direct connections to the Green Line, Gold Line, B Line, G Line, and H Line, as well as local and express bus routes. The line will increase accessibility to jobs, housing, and services, thus improving the attractiveness and competitiveness of the east metro area.

The Metropolitan Council, in partnership with Ramsey County and the Minnesota Department of Transportation, will design and construct the project. Metro Transit will own, operate and maintain the line. Design and construction funding will be provided by the Federal Transit Administration and Ramsey County. Operations and maintenance funding will be provided by Ramsey County and the Metropolitan Council.

View a map of the METRO Purple Line (as of December 2021)

Project schedule

2022-2023Completion of the design of stations and other project related improvements

2024: Construction starts and continues into 2026

Late 2026: Anticipated opening of the Purple Line

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Project Contacts

Purple Line Project Office, 651-602-1955

Media Contact

Laura Baenen,, 612-269-4365 

Community Outreach and Engagement
Liz Jones,, 651-602-1977

Colin Owens,, 612-618-0495