SAINT PAUL— After months of public engagement, the METRO Purple Line bus rapid transit project is advancing 12 station locations for further evaluation in Route Modification Study Phase II. During engagement over the summer, many community members supported the proposed station locations and 63% of people surveyed wanted to prioritize faster service, rather than more frequent stations.
On Sept. 13, the project’s Corridor Management Committee concurred with the project staff recommendation to advance 12 proposed Purple Line station locations along White Bear and Maryland avenues in Saint Paul for purposes of further technical evaluation and community engagement.
The number of stations and station platform locations will not be finalized until the committee makes a recommendation on a preferred roadway and transit design concept, currently anticipated for March 2024.
Summer 2023 engagement focused on the White Bear and Maryland route option. Between May and August, METRO Purple Line project staff solicited input from residents, business owners, and other stakeholders about existing conditions and potential station locations on new proposed route option. The project team engaged with the community and stakeholders through 27 stakeholder and business meetings/presentations, 25 community event pop-ups and project hosted events. Canvassing was also conducted with businesses around Maryland Ave and White Bear Ave. The team also conducted paper and online surveys, an interactive feedback map and translated materials