Policy Advisory Committee meeting rescheduled, public engagement update, internship opportunity

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January 25, 2019

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Policy Advisory Committee to meet February 28

The next Policy Advisory Committee meeting has been rescheduled from January 31 to February 28 to better align with project information and milestones. The February 28, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. meeting will be held at the Maplewood Fire Station, 1955 Clarence Street. As with all Policy Advisory Committee meetings, the meeting is open to the public and there will be an opportunity for public comment toward the end of the meeting.

Policy Advisory Committee chair Slawik steps down to lead Metropolitan Council

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Former Maplewood Mayor Nora Slawik has stepped down as chair of the Rush Line Policy Advisory Committee to lead the Metropolitan Council. The Metropolitan Council is the regional policy-making body, planning agency and provider of essential services for the Twin Cities metropolitan region. The Council's mission is to foster efficient and economic growth for a prosperous region.

Slawik served as Policy Advisory Committee chair for the pre-project development study (2014-2017) and the current environmental analysis phase, leading the committees that recommended the locally preferred alternative and confirmed the project elements to be studied in the Environmental Assessment.

White Bear Lake Mayor Jo Emerson, the vice chair of the Policy Advisory Committee, is now serving as acting chair. A permanent chair will be elected at the committee's February 28 meeting.

Public engagement with Rush Line communities remains a focus in 2019

Public engagement will continue to be a priority of the Rush Line BRT Project in 2019. So far in January, project staff have organized an open house in White Bear Lake attended by over 120 people, staffed information tables at Hmong Village, the White Bear Lake YMCA and the Ramsey County Library - White Bear Lake, and presented project updates to the Greater East Side and Payne-Phalen community councils. 

In recent months, public input has been used to improve BRT routing, adjust station locations and add new stations to better meet community needs. Public input is currently needed to evaluate several station location options in downtown White Bear Lake. If you are interested in this station, please complete this survey by January 31. 

Public engagement at Hmong Village

Rush Line information table at Hmong Village in Saint Paul on January 12

Transportation internships for undergraduate and graduate students

Ramsey County, which leads the Rush Line BRT Project, is seeking talented undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of degree programs to apply for the All-Abilities Transportation Network Internship. Interns will spend the summer working on high-priority Ramsey County projects and initiatives, including transit, roadway and redevelopment projects. Apply by February 18.