METRO Gold Line BRT Project Updates

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March 2019


In this issue:

METRO Gold Line project costs on track, additional investments being considered

With 15 percent of the design work complete for Gold Line, we are more certain that the project is on track to be built close to its original cost estimate. Even with the addition of an extra stop in Woodbury, the baseline project cost is currently around the originally projected $420 million.

Additional investments that could be made to benefit riders and the communities may include pedestrian connections and trails, and additional bridge structures, which will be easier to fund when federal resources are available to pay for part of the cost.

“The Gold Line is more than a transit line for these communities because this project can offer multimodal transportation options benefitting everyone. We don’t want to get to opening day with regrets about what we could have constructed but didn’t,” said Gold Line Project Manager Christine Beckwith. “We’re working closely with local partners to make those important decisions this year on the project’s scope and design.”

The Gold Line Corridor Management Committee will spend the next few months considering additional features that could be added to the project. Decisions on additional project investments will be made by project partners before 30 percent of design work is complete later this year. When the final decisions about what to include in the project are made, the project cost estimate will be updated.

Upcoming engagement opportunities on Gold Line station design

As the Gold Line station design process continues this spring, staff will collect input on design features that can enhance the rider experience on the Gold Line.

Gold Line station design will focus on comfort and boarding ease. Station will have enhanced amenities including: higher platforms for easier boarding, benches, push-button heating, lighting, real-time NexTrip signs, wayfinding signage, bike racks, trash and recycling bins, ticket machines, and enhanced security with cameras and emergency telephones.

Stations will have a consistent look that clearly identify them as a place to catch the Gold Line, but project designers also want each station to reflect the unique characteristics and needs of the community it will  serve. More information about how to give input on the station design process will be coming soon. Activities will be posted on the project website:

Winter Carnival

Winter engagement

It’s been a cold, snowy winter but it hasn’t kept us hearty Minnesotans inside! This winter, Gold Line staff have spoken to over 300 community members at multiple events throughout the corridor. Many people have shared their excitement for improved transit in the east metro and have learned about ways to stay engaged on the Gold Line project.

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If you are interested in connecting about the Gold Line project or having Gold Line staff come to your neighborhood group, community organization, business or event, please reach out to Liz Jones, Community Outreach Coordinator, at 651-602-1977 or

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