• Photo Credit: Metro Transit
    Photo Credit: Metro Transit
  • Photo Credit: Metro Transit
    Photo Credit: Metro Transit
  • Photo Credit: Metropolitan Council
    Photo Credit: Metropolitan Council
  • Photo Credit: Metropolitan Council
    Photo Credit: Metropolitan Council

View the Corridor’s Most Promising Alternatives and Preliminary Concepts

The Riverview Corridor Study Team has been working hard over the last few months to put together two new booklets that show the Riverview Corridor’s Most Promising Alternatives and Preliminary Concepts.  The Most Promising Alternatives booklet shows the transit routes and vehicles that are being carried forward into Detailed Analysis, the next study phase. The Preliminary Concepts booklet shows the existing conditions of the corridor alternatives and illustrates general concepts for accommodating bus or rail within these transitways to help people weigh the opportunities and constraints of each concept. In addition, an updated Riverview Corridor Fact Sheet is available. Take a look at the new materials  and send any questions or comments to the study team.

Policy Advisory Committee

The Riverview Corridor Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) met on March 9 to review and discuss initial findings of several new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) alternatives requested by the PAC and to review the detailed evaluation criteria that will be applied to the Most Promising Alternatives.  In February, the PAC requested information on BRT options with similar stations stops as the light rail and streetcar alternatives.  The project team described the anticipated impacts on travel time, ridership and costs (capital and operating) of the new BRT alternatives, and how a full analysis would affect the schedule.  After discussion, the PAC voted to apply the detailed evaluation criteria to the new BRT alternatives, and bring back initial findings in three months or less.

To learn more about the initial findings and the detailed evaluation criteria, or to review the information presented to the PAC at previous meetings, please click to the Committee’s page.

Kansas City Streetcar

On February 16 and 17, several members of the PAC went to Kansas City, MO to ride the Kansas City Streetcar and discuss the project with local officials and business owners.  Streetcar is a transit mode that is not present in the Twin Cities, so it was a valuable experience for the PAC members to see how a streetcar operates and learn about how it has impacted the city.  You can experience a short trip on the KC Streetcar by watching this video.

About the Riverview Corridor

The Riverview Corridor is defined by the Mississippi River on the south, Interstate 35E and Ford Parkway on the north, Lowertown and Union Depot on the east, and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and Mall of America on the west. The corridor connects neighborhoods, historic districts, businesses, thriving commercial districts and the capitol city to each other and to the Twin Cities regional transportation network.

Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority is leading a study to make recommendations for transit improvements within the Riverview Corridor. This study is scheduled for completion in 2016. Learn more by visiting the transit study page, review study documents and get involved!

Riverview Corridor Overview Videos
The first video in a short series of Riverview Corridor videos highlights the corridor areas, transit needs and ways to get involved.

The second video looks at the development and economic opportunities that come with improved transit.

The third video highlights the need for reliable transit in the Riverview Corridor.

Participate

Committee Meetings

Next Policy Advisory Committee Meeting:
April 13, 2017 | 9:00 a.m.
Veterans Gallery
Union Depot, 214 East 4th Street
Saint Paul (map)

Next Technical Advisory Committee Meeting:
March 23, 2017 | 10:00 a.m.
Veterans Gallery
Union Depot, 214 East 4th Street
Saint Paul (map)
Meeting Agenda (pdf)

Upcoming Events

None scheduled.


Transit Study

The Riverview Corridor connects neighborhoods, historic districts, businesses, thriving commercial districts and downtown Saint Paul to the regional transportation network. It includes Union Depot and Lowertown, downtown Saint Paul, Upper Landing, West 7th Neighborhood, Highland Park Neighborhood, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Bloomington’s South Loop and the Mall of America.

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Policy Advisory Committee

The Riverview Corridor study is guided by a group of policy makers and technical experts.

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Get Involved

Your comments, ideas and participation will help shape the results of the Riverview Corridor Pre-Project Development Study. You can participate in many ways. Sign up for email updates, participate in public meetings and open houses, talk with your elected officials and share your thoughts with us by phone, email or social media.
Use the Get Involved page to sign up for our emails, check the schedule for upcoming meetings, submit comments, join in the Facebook conversation or look at media coverage of the study.
We look forward to your participation.

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Recent Updates

Star Tribune, March 9, 2017: Riverview Corridor projections are in, but public debate over the best option will not start until this summer

03/13/2017

Adding a new type of transit along the Riverview Corridor between downtown St. Paul and the Mall of America could cost hundreds of millions to well over a billion dollars, but the higher price tag options often come with higher ridership.

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Fox 9 News, March 5, 2017: St. Paul Residents Wary of Proposed Rail Line

03/07/2017

Proposals to improve transit service between Downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport will continue to take shape this week, as an advisory committee meets to discuss options.

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5 Eyewitness News, March 3, 2017: South Minneapolis Neighbors Demand Answers on Proposed Rail Project

03/07/2017

Residents from neighborhoods in south Minneapolis packed an elementary school gym Thursday evening to learn more about a possible rail project that could run less than 30 feet from their homes.

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