Richmond's Pulse BRT, Environmental Assessment, Policy Advisory Committee meeting on November 21

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November 15, 2019

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Rush Line leaders, community members learn from Richmond's BRT success

Group of visitors from the East Metro on a Pulse BRT platform in Richmond, Virginia

Community members, elected officials and staff involved in the Rush Line BRT Project study the design of a Pulse BRT station in Richmond, Virginia.

In October, representatives from the Rush Line BRT Project Policy, Technical and Community Advisory Committees, along with partner agencies and Rush Line BRT Project staff, participated in a tour of Richmond, Virginia's Pulse BRT line. The Pulse is a 7.6-mile BRT route with 14 stations connecting residential areas, healthcare providers and downtown businesses that opened for service in 2018. Ridership on the Pulse is approximately 7,000 rides a day, nearly double the project's initial ridership target.

The goal of the tour was to experience a dedicated guideway BRT route similar to the planned Rush Line BRT Project, meet officials from local agencies involved in the Pulse BRT project, as well as community members and business representatives along the corridor, and gather lessons learned about BRT project development, which can be applied to Rush Line decision-making.

Over the course of two days, the group met with representatives from the Greater Richmond Transit Company, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, City of Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia Commonweath University and local businesses and community organizations. Attendees learned pertinent and valuable information by riding the Pulse BRT, listening to project staff presentations and participating in panel discussions. A summary of information shared throughout the two days of activities will be available soon on

"Share Your Thoughts" campaign underway

Photo of a bus shelter with a Rush Line banner that says "Share your thoughts on Rush Line BRT"

East Metro residents, workers, visitors and other stakeholders are being invited to share their thoughts and learn more about the Rush Line through an outreach campaign.

Through the end of the year, multilingual advertisements in community newspapers, at transit stops, on billboards and social media will promote visiting to provide the project team with feedback about the project.

New resources to learn about the project at include a video overview and updated program materials in multiple languages.

Feedback can be provided on an online map, through email or over the phone and will be incorporated – as with all other community engagement efforts – into project planning.

We look forward to hearing from you!

METRO Gold Line releases Environmental Assessment

Rush Line Environmental Assessment is underway

Gold Line route map

Map of the METRO Gold Line's route between Saint Paul and Woodbury.

Like the Rush Line BRT, the METRO Gold Line is a new planned BRT line in the East Metro. The METRO Gold Line will connect Saint Paul, Maplewood, Landfall, Oakdale and Woodbury with bus-only lanes generally north of and near Interstate 94.

This fall, the METRO Gold Line project reached a key milestone by releasing its Environmental Assessment. An Environmental Assessment is an analysis required by state and federal law that evaluates potential environmental, social, economic and transportation benefits and impacts from the project’s construction and operations. An Environmental Assessment considers a wide variety of possible impacts the project could have on the neighborhoods and communities it serves. Some of the topics covered include connection to community and social resources, impacts on the environment, historic properties and even indirect effects and long-term impacts.

You can read the Gold Line's Environmental Assessment on the Gold Line project's website.

An Environmental Assessment for the Rush Line BRT Project is currently under development and is expected to be published for public comment in about a year.

Policy Advisory Committee to meet November 21

The Policy Advisory Committee for the Rush Line BRT Project will meet on Thursday, November 21 at 2:30 p.m. at the Maplewood Community Center. The agenda includes updates about project engineering, public engagement and the Design Guide for the Ramsey County rail right-of-way. The Rush Line Corridor Task Force will meet at 4:30 p.m., following the Policy Advisory Committee. Both meetings are open to the public.