April Policy Advisory Committee meeting, upcoming Environmental Assessment publication

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Policy Advisory Committee to meet April 22

The Policy Advisory Committee for the Rush Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project will next meet on Thursday, April 22 at 2:30 p.m. on Zoom. At this meeting, the committee will hear updates from project staff about environmental review, cultural and historic resource analysis, engineering and landscape design.

Members of the public can register to attend the meeting, which includes a public comment period, here. This registration form will be available through the end of the meeting.

Environmental Assessment to be published for public comment in May

The Rush Line BRT Project is expected to reach a major milestone next month with the publication of 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 a project’s construction and operations.

Publication of the Rush Line's Environmental Assessment will initiate a 45-day public comment period, during which organizations and individuals can review the document and submit formal comments. Ramsey County, in collaboration with the Federal Transit Administration, will respond to comments after the public comment period concludes.

During the public comment period, the Environmental Assessment will be available online at rushline.org and in printed form at various public facilities throughout the project area. Ramsey County will also host several public meetings at which community members can learn more about the Environmental Assessment and provide comments. Details about these meetings will be shared in a future e-newsletter.

ICYMI: Ramsey County Rail Right-of-Way Design Guide video

Susan Vento speaking on the Bruce Vento Regional Trail

Metropolitan Council Member Susan Vento

A new video explains the role of the Ramsey County Rail Right-of-Way Design Guide in the ongoing design process of the Rush Line BRT. The video features an interview with Metropolitan Council Member Susan Vento, who serves on the Rush Line BRT Project's Policy Advisory Committee. The Bruce Vento Regional Trail is named in honor of Councilmember Vento's late husband, U.S. Representative Bruce Vento.

Watch the two-minute video.