Policy Advisory Committee, health impact assessment, additional East Side station

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November 21, 2018

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Policy Advisory Committee to meet November 29

Thursday, November 29 | 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Rush Line staff will provide a project update to the Policy Advisory Committee at its regularly-scheduled meeting on November 29. The committee will also review and discuss possible bus connections to the Rush Line BRT to increase access for communities to the north, east and west of the BRT route.

The meeting will be held at the Maplewood Community Center, Banquet Rooms A and B. Policy Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public and include a public comment period at the end of the meeting.

The Rush Line Corridor Task Force will meet right after the Policy Advisory Committee, at 4:30 p.m., in the same location.

Health impact assessment underway

Health impact assessment workshop

Public health professionals and members of Rush Line BRT Project advisory commitees participate in a health impact assessment workshop on October 30.

A rapid health impact assessment is being prepared as part of the Rush Line BRT Project to help educate policymakers and community members on the project’s ability to achieve social equity, environmental and economic development goals, and build capacity among planners, engineers and public health officials in achieving positive health outcomes through the Rush Line BRT Project.

The process began on October 30 with a workshop consisting of public health professionals and members of Rush Line BRT Project's three advisory committees: the Policy Advisory Committee, Community Advisory Committee and Technical Advisory Committee. The purpose of the workshop was to determine which factors to study in the rapid health impact assessment. The group identified three sets of factors to analyze: connectivity to stations; access to destinations and services; access and barriers to employment opportunities.

Next, project staff will perform a technical analysis that recommends ways the Rush Line BRT Project can maximize health benefits related to the three factors identified in the workshop. Findings will be shared with project committees and the broader public in early 2019.

Your input continues to shape the project

White Bear Lake listening session

Project staff collect input at an October 11 listening session in White Bear Lake.

Residents, businesses, commuters and others continue to be engaged in the Rush Line BRT Project. In recent weeks, project staff held listening sessions in White Bear Lake, presented a project update to the Railroad Island Task Force, held a pop-up meeting at Century College and participated in Maplewood's Community Business Engagement Breakfast. People have provided input on station locations, potential environmental impacts and key destinations, and this feedback is informing ongoing environmental and engineering work.

Upcoming public engagement activities include presentations to the District 2 Community Council on January 16 and the Payne-Phalen District Five Planning Council on January 23. Additional public engagement activities throughout the project area are expected to be scheduled soon.

Proposed additional station will serve recreation center, Hmong Village, surrounding neighborhoods

Hmong Village sign

Hmong Village is a major cultural and commercial destination on Saint Paul's East Side.

Throughout the first half of 2018, community members on the East Side of Saint Paul suggested that a station be considered between the Arcade Street and Maryland Avenue stations to improve access to the Rush Line BRT. In response to this input, an additional station at Cook Avenue is being proposed within the Ramsey County rail right-of-way west of Phalen Boulevard.

The Cook Avenue station, which will be near the Duluth and Case Recreation Center and accessible from the Bruce Vento Regional Trail, will provide access to nearby neighborhoods and businesses, including those at Hmong Village. Hmong Village is a major cultural and commercial destination, with hundreds of vendors offering a broad array of goods and services.

View a map of the Rush Line BRT route to see the approximate locations of all 21 proposed stations.