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Purple Line BRT Project

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The Purple Line is a proposed 15-mile bus rapid transit (BRT) line serving the communities of St. 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 Purple Line will feature electric buses operating primarily in dedicated transit lanes mostly following Robert Street and Phalen Boulevard from downtown St. Paul, Ramsey County rail right-of-way (shared with the Bruce Vento Regional Trail) and Highway 61 north of Interstate 694 into White Bear Lake. The line will serve 21 neighborhood-scaled, high-amenity stations with frequent, comfortable, and convenient daily service from early morning to late evening in both directions. For more information about BRT service, see the Frequently Asked Questions tab.

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.

Purple Line Project Fact Sheet (PDF)

Click to view Purple Line route map.


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
PurpleLine@metrotransit.org

651-602-1955

Media Contact
Laura Baenen
Senior Communications Specialist
Laura.Baenen@metrotransit.org
612-269-4365 cell

Community Outreach and Engagement Contact
Liz Jones
Senior Community Outreach Coordinator
elizabeth.jones@metrotransit.org
651-602-1977