Of the seven initial alternatives developed to improve transit between downtown St. Paul and Dakota County communities, three have been approved to move forward for further study.
At its meeting July 25, the Robert Street Transitway Alternatives Analysis Steering Committee — comprised of county and city elected officials and representatives from the Metropolitan Council and MnDOT — selected the following alternatives:
- A Robert Street alignment between downtown St. Paul and Mendota Road in West St. Paul that will evaluate arterial bus rapid transit.
- A Robert Street alignment between downtown St. Paul and Mendota Road in West St. Paul that will evaluate streetcar.
- A Highway 52 alignment from downtown St. Paul to Inver Grove Heights using highway bus rapid transit.
A detailed study of the alternatives will take place through the fall and include a review of potential service plans, ridership, cost estimates, traffic analyses, land use and environmental concerns. Final results on the three alternatives will be available and presented at public meetings in early 2014.
In addition to the three alternatives, a potential service extension from the Robert Street alignment and Highway 52 alignment into central Dakota County will be studied to assess possible service and capital improvements for limited stop service.
The Robert Street Transitway Alternatives Analysis is a joint local and federal planning effort conducted by the Dakota County Regional Railroad Authority and the Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority.
For more information about the study, visit www.robertstreettransit.com.