Commission recommends route and station locations
The Red Rock Corridor Commission has made a recommendation for the corridor’s bus rapid transit route and is seeking feedback on the route and station locations for the project.
Prior to the Commission’s action, two bus rapid transit route alternatives were reviewed comparing travel time data, projected ridership, capital costs, and operating considerations. Route Alternative #1 travels primarily along Highway 61 while Route Alternative #2 provides more direct access to the corridor communities by deviating from Highway 61 in appropriate locations.
On December 2nd the Commission unanimously recommended Route Alternative #2 as the most efficient manner to server the southeast metro communities.
Washington County Commissioner Karla Bigham is confident in the recommendation of the Commission. “It was with great thought and consideration that we have come to this recommendation,” said Bigham. “We feel route Alternative #2 best serves the needs of the Red Rock Corridor.”
The recommended route will provide convenient access to the largest number of riders, offers the lowest operating cost per rider, serves the most jobs in relation to the station locations, and stays true to the overall vision for transit in the southeast metro.
Comments will be accepted at the January 13, 2016 open house and by phone, email or mail through January 20, 2016 at:
Project Manager – Lyssa Leitner, AICP
Washington County Public Works Department
11660 Myeron Rd North
Stillwater, MN 55082
“There is still much work to be done,” Bigham added. “But this is an important and exciting step for the future of transit in the southeast metro. We’re looking forward to public feedback and continuing work on the Implementation Plan to bring bus rapid transit to the community.”
After the public comment period, the Red Rock Corridor Commission will select the final route and transit locations and complete an implementation plan. The plan is expected to be completed in spring 2016 and include ridership forecasts, service plans, capital and operating expenses, and station area planning.