2019 year in review, White Bear Lake station animation, internship opportunity, January Policy Advisory Committee

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January 15, 2020

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With community input, environmental analysis, engineering plans make progress in 2019

People talking about Rush Line on the Bruce Vento Regional Trail

The Ramsey County Rail Right-of-way Design Guide was created with public input gathered in the summer of 2019 and earlier phases of planning.

Planning for the Rush Line BRT Project continued to progress throughout 2019. Milestones in 2019 include:

-Ongoing analysis for the Environmental Assessment, an analysis required by the state and federal government that describes the transportation, social and environmental benefits and impacts associated with the construction and operation of the Rush Line BRT Project.

-Engagement with over 1,800 community members online and at community meetings, public events, information tables and individual meetings. 

-Use of public input to develop a Design Guide for the Ramsey County Rail Right-of-way, where the Rush Line BRT will run alongside the Bruce Vento Regional Trail. The full Design Guide for the Ramsey County Rail Right-of-way will be available on rushline.org in early 2020.

What to expect in 2020

-Advancement of engineering plans to keep the project on track to begin construction in 2024.

-Ongoing engagement with communities along the route.

-Publication of the Environmental Assessment in late 2020.

Animated video shows BRT operations at downtown White Bear Lake station

A rendering of the planned downtown White Bear Lake station at 7th Street and Washington Avenue

As part of the "Share Your Thoughts on Rush Line BRT" engagement effort, Rush Line staff received questions about how the planned station in downtown White Bear Lake will look and function. In response, an animated, narrated video has been created to show how buses will travel in and out of the station from Highway 61. 

Watch the video on YouTube.

Transportation internships for undergraduate and graduate students

Ramsey County is seeking talented undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of degree programs to apply for the All-Abilities Transportation Network Internship Program. Interns will spend the summer working on high-priority Ramsey County projects and initiatives, including transit, parks and recreation, roadway and redevelopment projects. Apply by February 11.

Policy Advisory Committee meets January 23

The Policy Advisory Committee for the Rush Line BRT Project will next meet on Thursday, January 23 at 2:30 p.m. at the Maplewood Community Center.