Ramsey County Rush Line BRT Environmental Assessment

Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota

The Rush Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project is a future 14-mile dedicated-guideway BRT route with stations between downtown Saint Paul and downtown White Bear Lake. SRF is currently a major partner on the Rush Line BRT project consultant team. SRF led the guideway and station design, public engagement, and health impact assessment efforts and assisted with the Environmental Assessment, New Starts evaluation, and station area planning . SRF  also led the conceptual design of the Rush Line BRT project including collaboration with five cities and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Working closely with staff from Ramsey County, the SRF public engagement team crafted a plan focused on informing and gathering input from the racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse people who live and work along the line. To raise awareness of the project and inform project decisions, we created relationships, activities, and events that presented opportunities to connect with traditionally underrepresented communities along the corridor and deliberately focused engagement efforts using criteria of equity, inclusivity, geographic representation, and maximization of voices heard.

SRF’s Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for the project, identifies potential health benefits resulting from the project and outlines strategies to maximize these benefits. Additionally, SRF is assisting Ramsey County with coordination of the Community Advisory Committee.