Healthcare and senior living access, public engagement updates, next Policy Advisory Committee meeting

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August 29, 2019

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Rush Line BRT to improve access to healthcare, senior housing

The convenience of frequent, all-day Rush Line BRT service will allow people to use transit for many purposes, such as getting to work or school, attending events, visiting parks and accessing healthcare. The map below shows the locations of the more than 50 healthcare providers located near future Rush Line BRT stations. These hospitals, clinics and other providers employ thousands of people during all work shifts and meet the healthcare needs of many people in our region.

Map showing location of healthcare services near future Rush Line stations.

Map: Healthcare providers near future Rush Line BRT stations (click map for larger version)

Transit helps seniors access care, stay connected

As our region's population ages, high-quality transit will play an increasingly critical role in allowing seniors to stay independent, visit friends and family and access healthcare. The map below shows the locations of senior and assisted living communities located near future Rush Line BRT stations.

As part of the Rush Line BRT Project, pedestrian infrastructure near stations will be improved to allow people of all abilities to safely walk to stations.

For more information on the importance of transit for seniors, see this article from CityLab.

Map of senior living communities along the Rush Line BRT route.

Map: Senior living communities near future Rush Line BRT stations (click map for larger version)

Public engagement updates

A Regions Hospital employee who is excited about Rush Line because it will provide access to Lake Phalen

On August 27, Rush Line staff spent lunchtime at the Regions Hospital cafeteria speaking with employees about the project, which includes a station at Regions

Since spring of 2018, Rush Line BRT Project staff have participated in over 140 public engagement activities, including attending community events, giving presentations to neighborhood groups and organizing listening sessions and pop-up meetings. Public engagement is done in all communities along the Rush Line BRT route, which are diverse in regard to race, ethnicity, income and languages spoken. Public engagement efforts are structured so everyone in the project area has the opportunity to learn about the project and provide input.

Recent public engagement activities include one-on-one meetings with businesses along Phalen Boulevard and pop-up events at Marketfest, the Robert Street Green Line LRT Station, Regions Hospital, CLUES Fiesta Latina and Maplewood's End of Summer Celebration.

Want to speak with us at a public engagement event? Check the meetings and events page for upcoming opportunities. You can also ask a question or share input online.

Policy Advisory Committee to meet next November 21

The Policy Advisory Committee for the Rush Line BRT Project will next meet on Thursday, November 21 at 2:30 p.m. at the Maplewood Community Center. There will not be a meeting in September.