Gold Line Update - Provide feedback on downtown Saint Paul route alternatives

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Downtown Saint Paul route alternatives: We need your feedback!

The Gold Line project office is exploring two route alternatives in downtown Saint Paul. One would have the route terminate at Union Depot. The other would continue the route through downtown (more details on both below). The project office is analyzing both options for cost, number of riders, potential impacts, transit connections and overall operations. Staff will present initial findings on Thursday, October 4, at the Gold Line Corridor Management Committee meeting, which starts at 2:30 p.m. at 390 Robert Street North in Saint Paul.

Staff are also seeking public input on the preferred routing through downtown Saint Paul. There are a number of ways to provide comments, which will add to the feedback staff are collecting at pop-up events in the corridor.

Open Houses

Tuesday, October 9
11:00 a.m–1:00 p.m.
Alliance Bank Building – Skyway
55 5th St. E., Saint Paul

Tuesday, October 9
4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Union Depot – Head House
214 4th St. E., Saint Paul

Find out details on the open houses and pop-up events.

If you can’t attend an event, you can also provide comments through our online survey.

Route alternatives

Begin/End at Union Depot Alternative: The Gold Line will begin/end on the bus deck at the Union Depot, a multimodal transportation hub that provides transfer connections to the METRO Green Line and local bus service throughout downtown Saint Paul, as well as Amtrak, Jefferson Lines, Greyhound and Megabus services. Union Depot is also the planned terminus for additional future transitways.

union depot alt

Route through Downtown Alternative: The Gold Line will begin/end at Smith Avenue Transit Center located at the corner of Kellogg Blvd and Smith Ave, across from the Xcel Energy Center. This alternative provides a one-seat ride through downtown that will also have stops in front of Union Depot on Wacouta Street and Sibley Street. Between Union Depot and Smith Avenue Transit Center, the Gold Line will route down 5th Street or 6th Street.

route through downtown alt

Public influences Corridor Management Committee recommendations on Mounds Boulevard, White Bear Avenue and Hudson Road

Over the summer, Gold Line project staff held open houses, attended community events and knocked on doors of residents to gather input on important design decisions. The Corridor Management Committee heard that input and made the following recent design recommendations:

Mounds Boulevard Station and Route

The CMC recommended that the station be located at Mounds Boulevard, and buses travel on bus-only lanes beginning at Mounds Boulevard and 3rd Street. This option was selected instead of a route on Maria Avenue with buses traveling in mixed traffic and a station at Conway Street. The CMC’s decision was based on the City of Saint Paul’s preference for Mounds Boulevard, and feedback from residents and bus operators who expressed concern with Maria Avenue’s narrow traffic lanes, winter snow piles, and sight-line issues.

White Bear Avenue Station

Between White Bear Avenue and Ruth Street, Gold Line buses  would travel on bus-only lanes that will be built south of Old Hudson Road. There are two potential locations for the station: either at Van Dyke Street or Hazel Street. The CMC asked that project staff move forward with both station location options for the Environmental Assessment (EA), so both locations are still under consideration.

Hudson Road between Etna Street and White Bear Avenue

The CMC recommended that Gold Line buses travel in mixed traffic on Hudson Road between Etna Street and White Bear Avenue rather than in bus-only lanes. In making their decision, the CMC kept in mind residents’ preferences for keeping on-street parking and two-way traffic and weighed the additional cost to build bus-only lanes in this area to the minimal gain in travel time.

The next steps include analyzing these design decisions as part of the EA, which looks at the transportation, social, and environmental impacts of these design options. The EA document will be available for public comment in summer 2019.

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