These are frequently asked questions about the Riverview Corridor Transit Study. Contact us if you have additional questions.

1. What is the Riverview Corridor?

  • The corridor is a transportation route that runs from Union Depot in downtown Saint Paul to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the Mall of America.
  • The corridor includes the Lowertown Historic District, the W. 7th Street and Highland Park neighborhoods, and the former Ford Site.
  • Metro Transit Route 54 serves the corridor on W. 7th Street between the Union Depot, MSP Airport and Mall of America.

2. Why is the Riverview Corridor being studied for improved transit?

  • The corridor is growing and evolving. Former industrial sites are being converted into housing and mixed use developments, new businesses are moving into the corridor and the demographics are changing.  By the year 2040, population is expected to grow by 63% and employment by 33%.
  • Transit improvements would improve mobility, and support community and regional economic development goals.
  • The percentage of households without an automobile in the Riverview Corridor study area is nearly twice that of households in Ramsey County as a whole.
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3. What are the potential routes being looked at?

  • At this time, the study is looking at W. 7th Street and the CP Rail and Spur as the main trunk route connecting downtown Saint Paul to the Mississippi River. The study also includes two potential routes to the Ford Site, five potential river crossings between Highway 5 and Ford Parkway, and several streets connecting into downtown Saint Paul.
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4. What type of transit vehicles are being considered?

  • At this time, the study has identified light rail transit (LRT), arterial bus rapid transit (ABRT) similar to the A Line, dedicated BRT that would run in its own dedicated lanes, modern streetcar that could share the road with auto traffic, and diesel multiple unit (DMU) that could run on freight railroad tracks.  The study is also evaluating hybrid options, or combinations of LRT and streetcar, and combinations of dedicated and arterial BRT.
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5. How will potential routes be evaluated?

  • Potential routes will be evaluated using criteria based on the study’s established purpose, need, goals and objectives.
  • The technical screening and detailed analysis will include quantitative criteria, such as potential ridership, construction cost, redevelopment potential and community impacts.
  • Public and stakeholder input is also considered as part of the evaluation.

6. Where will stations be located?

  • Station locations have not been determined at this time.
  • During the detailed analysis, proposed station locations will be identified.

7. Who is leading the study?

8. How are decisions made for the study?

  • Three committees provide input and direction for the project:
  • The PMT and TAC will develop technical study recommendations and provide to the PAC for endorsement and recommendation for adoption as the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA).
  • Public comment is a key component in the decision making process. Members of the public are encouraged to submit comments at any time during the study.

9. How will this project be funded?

  • Large scale transit projects in the Twin Cities are typically funded with a combination of federal, state and local funds. Most of the local funds would be provided by the Counties Transit Improvement Board, or CTIB, through the one-quarter percent sales tax.

10. What is the study schedule?

  • The study began in July 2014 and is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2017, when the decision to select the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) is estimated to occur.

11. When would this route be in operation?

  • The timeline depends on the preferred route and transit vehicle identified by the study,
  • Implementing a new major transit service takes time. Planning, design, and construction typically take 10 to 12 years.

12. How can I get involved?

  • There are ongoing opportunities for stakeholders and the community to learn about the study and provide feedback.
  • Comments and questions are welcomed at any time through the website or by contacting Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority staff by phone, 651-266-2760, or email.
  • If you are interested, sign up to receive frequent email updates about the study.