Public Transit Plans Narrowed Between Downtown St. Paul and Airport

June 23, 2017 11:03 PM

The Riverview Corridor project staff are announcing draft plans for different routes and modes of transportation aimed at speeding up the public transit connection between downtown St. Paul and the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport.

Six recommended routes will be presented to a public policy committee in July. That committee is then responsible for signing off on alternatives that will advance to public comment, according to project manager Michael Rogers.

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Rogers said the team spent months honing in on options that are economically feasible.

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"We had 16 alternatives that were the most promising ones," Rogers said. "We're narrowing that list down to six."

Here are the recommended routes:

1) Regular bus route would run along West 7th Street in St. Paul; crossing the river at Highway 5.

2) Arterial bus rapid transit would run along West 7th Street in St. Paul; crossing the river at Highway 5.

3) A modern street car would carry passengers down West 7th Street in St. Paul; crossing the river at Highway 5 and hooking into existing light rail transit at Fort Snelling.

4) A modern street car would run along West 7th Street in St. Paul, then connect at Ford Parkway and cross the river at Ford Parkway. The line would then connect to existing light rail transit at Highway 55 in Minneapolis.

5) A modern street car would start along West 7th Street, before hooking into the CP Spur in St. Paul; then take Ford Parkway across the river to existing light rail transit in Minneapolis at Highway 55.

6) A modern street car would run down West 7th Street, connecting to the CP Spur in St. Paul, crossing the river at Highway 5, before connecting into existing light rail transit at Fort Snelling.

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