Meetings and Events
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METRO Purple Line BRT Project staff were at the following events and locations.
Corridor Tours - October
10/3/2023 - Maplewood Ramsey County Service Center - Maplewood Mall | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
10/2/2023 - Iowa High Rise Pop-Up - 1743 Iowa Avenue East, St. Paul | 2- 3:30 p.m.
9/29/2023 - Iowa High Rise Pop-Up - 1743 Iowa Avenue East, St. Paul | 10 - 11:30 a.m.
- 9/16/2023 - Fiesta Latina - CLUES St. Paul - 797 E. 7th St. | Noon - 4 p.m.
- 9/16/2023 - White Bear Avenue Parade - White Bear Avenue - 11 a.m. start
- 9/13/2023 - Maplewood - Touch a Truck Event - 2100 White Bear Avenue YMCA/MCC Parking lot 5:30 - 7 p.m.
- 8/9/2023 - Maplewood YMCA Community Center Open House
- 8/3/2023 - Virtual Open House
Earlier this summer, project staff conducted three community meetings, virtual and in-person, to share project updates and collect feedback on station locations of the METRO Purple Line on the Maryland and White Bear Avenues.
- Tuesday, July 25, 2023 - 5 - 7:30 p.m. (in-person, Hayden Heights Library: 1456 White Bear Avenue North, St. Paul, MN)
- Thursday, Aug. 3, 2023 - Noon - 1:30 p.m. (virtual)
- Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023 - 6 - 8 p.m. (in-person, Maplewood Community Center: 2100 White Bear Avenue North, Maplewood, MN)
We engaged over 100 people who live, work, and travel along the corridor.
- Community Meeting Boards
Are business owner or operations manager of a business along Maryland Avenue or White Bear Avenue within the project area? Project staff are collecting business operations information within the project area to inform the Maryland and White Bear avenues design option. Provide information about your business through our Business Owner Inventory Survey.
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Arcade Street Station Update
Since fall 2022, the METRO Purple Line project team explored three options for Arcade Street Station in St. Paul to find a location that provides the best pedestrian access for the surrounding neighborhoods. Those options included:
- Option A: an Arcade Street station at Neid Lane with a pedestrian bridge to Phalen Blvd
- Option B: an option with a station on Phalen Blvd below Arcade Street
- Option C: a station at Wells Street
The community and stakeholder feedback indicated Option A was the preferred. The project team modified the community-preferred option A to blend community preferences, cost effectiveness, and design considerations. The Purple Line Corridor Management Committee concurred with this recommendation to advance the modified Arcade Option A at their April 6, 2023 meeting.
The benefits of this preferred station option include:
- Closest to the preferred option from community engagement
- Improves upon travel time
- Limits changes to existing traffic pattern
- Maintains opportunity for Phalen Creek daylighting
- Minimal impact to planned stormwater pond
- New pedestrian connection to Neid from Bruce Vento Trail
Image shows the Arcade station location that is advancing - Option A2
A well-informed and engaged public strengthens the project and helps create a more useful transit system for all. The Metropolitan Council, Metro Transit, and the project’s local funding partner, Ramsey County, understand the need to engage corridor stakeholders in the development of project details and in fostering broad support for the project as a necessary investment to improve access and mobility to employment, educational and economic opportunities within the corridor and beyond.
Purple Line project staff will seek to engage corridor residents, businesses, organizations, and transit customers in the project planning process to solicit their input and address their needs and concerns. Concerted effort will also be given to communities that have been traditionally underrepresented in transit planning processes: people of color, low-income communities, people with limited English proficiency (LEP), people with disabilities, and other historically marginalized groups.
Liz Jones, Community Outreach & Engagement Lead
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Colin Owens, Community Outreach & Engagement
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