• 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

Modern streetcar along West 7th Street selected 

The Riverview Corridor Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) voted for a modern streetcar route along West 7th Street as the locally preferred alternative or “LPA” for creating a new transit connection between downtown Saint Paul, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the Mall of America at its final meeting on December 14, 2017. The new transit line would directly serve neighborhoods throughout the corridor and downtown Saint Paul while also providing direct connections to the METRO Blue and Green Lines.

As the community continues to change, the Riverview Corridor Policy Advisory Committee’s choice shows a commitment to improving transit connections in the Twin Cities. The committee’s decision also reflects the community’s desire for the pace of improvements to keep up with development and changing transportation needs.

Community input resulted in the study and evaluation of different transit routes and vehicle types. Additionally, community feedback led to the approval of a separate study to begin in 2018 to identify how best to serve and connect the Ford Corridor, which includes the Ford site, to the larger transit system.

Final documents

Five final documents for consideration in the locally preferred alternative are available online in PDF. Print copies may be requested by emailing the project team at info@riverviewcorridor.com.

Pre-Project Development Study Final Report
Detailed Definition of Alternatives Final Report
Public Engagement Summary Report
Policy Advisory Committee Meeting Report
Riverview Locally Preferred Alternative Fact Sheet

Next steps

The locally preferred alternative will be presented for review and resolutions of support at the Metropolitan Airports Commission, city councils in Saint Paul and Bloomington and the Hennepin and Ramsey County boards of commissioners. The LPA is then forwarded to the Metropolitan Council to consider for the region’s 2040 Transportation Policy Plan.

Modern streetcar videos

People in the Minneapolis – Saint Paul region are familiar with bus transit. Metro Transit’s A Line offers a working example of arterial bus rapid transit. But the region does not have a working example of modern streetcar. To get a glimpse of modern streetcar, take a look at this modern streetcar video. The are important differences between streetcars and light rail transit. Streetcars do not require a dedicated right-of-way and can operate on streets in traffic on tracks embedded in the road that cars can drive on. Streetcars can operate in streets that also have turn lanes and on-street parking. When a streetcar is not present, the road is just the road. Also, streetcar vehicles are smaller than light rail trains and usually operate as single cars. View the video

In early 2017 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.


Committee Meetings

Next Policy Advisory Committee Meeting:
None Scheduled.

Next Technical Advisory Committee Meeting:
None Scheduled.

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

StarTribune, Nov. 9, 2017: Public weighs in on streetcar proposal from St. Paul to MSP Airport


More than 100 people attended a public hearing Thursday intended to take the community’s pulse on a proposed streetcar project along St. Paul’s Riverview Corridor.
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MPR News, Nov. 10, 2017: ‘Modern’ streetcar plan drives discussion of disruption in St. Paul


A plan to build a $1.2 billion dollar streetcar line along West 7th Street in St. Paul is facing criticism from many residents and business owners along the route.
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TPT Almanac, October 13, 2017: Capitol streetcars, Anoka hospital re-use, Out North preview

Watch the interview with Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority Commissioner, Rafael Ortega.

See full interview