Transitway Corridor Planning
In August 2010, the Gateway Corridor Commission and its consultant team initiated a Transit Alternatives Analysis Study (AA), looking at the Interstate 94 corridor from St. Paul – Minneapolis to western, Wisconsin. This is a first step to determine the best mode (i.e., light rail, commuter rail or bus rapid transit); estimated ridership, possible routes and stops, and projected costs to build, operate and maintain. In looking at these four main areas, the study will help to address the issues of congestion, potential economic development/revitalization and environmental and social impacts.
After reviewing numerous options to improve transit connectivity of the east metro to downtowns St. Paul and Minneapolis, the Gateway Corridor Commission identified a dedicated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line along Hudson Road from St. Paul to Woodbury as the best option for the region. The Hudson Road decision was the best option after extensive analysis and public involvement campaign spanning nearly two years. More information on the decision making process and the preferred alternatives can be found at www.TheGatewayCorridor.com.
Red Rock Corridor
The Red Rock Corridor is a proposed 30-mile transitway, connecting the Twin Cities' southeastern suburbs to St. Paul and Minneapolis. The transitway will originate in Hastings and stop in Cottage Grove, Newport and St. Paul's Battle Creek neighborhood before connecting to the St. Paul Union Depot. Riders can access many destinations from the Depot using other transit service like express buses, local buses, and Metro Green Line.
The Red Rock Corridor recently underwent an Alternatives Analysis Update (AAU) that reviewed the findings from 2007. While much of the vision and many of the initially-planned steps were confirmed to still be optimal, the update identified a shorter-range implementation strategy that would help improve transit service in the corridor in a shorter time-frame. This alternative, bus rapid transit (BRT) can provide improved accessibility and connectivity for corridor residents and businesses.
The Implementation Plan process began in early 2015. The Implementation Plan will build off the recommendations from the AAU to create financial, development, and service plans to lead towards the long-term goal of more transit service in the Corridor.
Activities related to the Red Rock Corridor studies are guided by the Red Rock Corridor Commission (RRCC), of which Washington County is a member. The RRCC is a joint powers board of local elected officials from the counties and communities along the Corridor, brought together by the common pursuit of improving transportation options in the Red Rock Corridor. The Red Rock Corridor website at is the primary source for project background information, the latest news about the corridor, and announcements for upcoming meetings and events.
The Rush Line Corridor is an 80-mile transportation corridor that begins at Minnesota's Union Depot in downtown St. Paul and generally follows Highway 61 and Interstate 35/35E north through Washington, Ramsey, Anoka, Chisago and Pine counties to Hinckley.
The Corridor links growing communities that range from urban neighborhoods to suburbs and beyond to include rural cities and townships. Total Corridor population is forecast to increase by 43 percent between 2000 and 2030, an increase of more than 158,000 people.
The Rush Line Task Force, a joint powers organization, was created in 1999 to study and implement transit opportunities within the Corridor. The 25-member Task Force includes the county regional railroad authorities of Chisago, Ramsey, Washington, Anoka, and Pine counties, along with 20 cities and towns along the corridor. The Rush Line Corridor website at www.RushLine.org is the primary source for project background information, the latest news about the corridor and announcements for upcoming meetings and events.