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File #: RES 19-620    Version: 1 Name: Supporting Metro Transit B Line
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 4/24/2019
Title: Supporting Metro Transit’s B Line Arterial Bus Rapid Transit and requesting an extension of the corridor to Downtown Saint Paul, generally along Selby Avenue.
Sponsors: Dai Thao, Mitra Jalali, Rebecca Noecker
Attachments: 1. B Line Project Website
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Supporting Metro Transit’s B Line Arterial Bus Rapid Transit and requesting an extension of the corridor to Downtown Saint Paul, generally along Selby Avenue.

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WHEREAS, the City of Saint Paul supports regional efforts to improve transit service as a means of connecting its residents with education and employment, linking its employers with a regional workforce and promoting economic development in the downtown and along commercial corridors; and

WHEREAS, Metro Transit Routes 21 and 53 are important local and commuter routes that connect people to jobs and increase housing affordability by supporting less dependence on private automobiles; and
WHEREAS, the City has been a partner in the study of a series of potential East Metro transit corridors including Gateway, Rush Line, Red Rock and Robert Street which would connect to the Union Depot from the east, northeast, southeast and south, respectively; and
WHEREAS, a transit connection from the Downtown Saint Paul to Uptown in Minneapolis, would strengthen the regional system and promote the development of downtown and destinations within the corridor, as well as access to regional job centers for many residents; and
WHEREAS, the City of Saint Paul has supported transit ridership with zoning studies to increase permitted land use development intensity, such as along the A Line; and
WHEREAS, the Selby-Lake streetcar line was historically an important corridor in the development of Minneapolis-Saint Paul; and
WHEREAS, the City has long-standing and on-going investment in the economic development of Selby Avenue, including designating the area from Dale Avenue to Lexington Avenue as a Cultural Destination Area; and
WHEREAS, the Central Corridor Transit Service Study Final Plan Report recommended to “Improve frequency in St. Paul on Selby Avenue;” and
WHEREAS, the After Study of the Bus Rapid Transit 'A Line' Impacts found that the A Line increased transit capacity and rider satisfaction without measurable ...

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