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METRO Gold Line

The METRO Gold Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project will connect people across the region to job centers, housing options, transit stations and key destinations along the I-94 corridor. The project will provide all day, bi-directional BRT service to the cities of St. Paul, Maplewood, Landfall, Oakdale and Woodbury.

View the presentation from City Council's July 22, 2020, METRO Gold Line Update

METRO Gold Line MapWhen complete, the Gold Line is expected to feature:

  • Frequent, all-day service in both directions
  • Pre-boarding fare payment for faster stops
  • Access to BRT park-and-ride lots in St. Paul, Oakdale and Woodbury
  • Connections to additional regional transit lines
  • Real-time arrival and departure information
  • Heated shelters, lighting and security features

This project involves coordination between many agencies, including the Metropolitan Council, Ramsey and Washington Counties, the various cities along the line, as well as the state and federal government.

The Gold Line is expected to enter the Engineering Phase in early 2021, at which point the project design will be 60 percent complete. When the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grants entry to the Engineering Phase, it also locks in the maximum federal cost share in the project. Later in 2021, another request will be made for the Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) which will secure federal funding for the project. Based on the project's current timeline, construction is anticipated to start in 2022. More information will be developed as the project nears the end of the design phase. Gold Line service is expected to open in 2024.

Questions can be directed to Liz Jones at Elizabeth.Jones@metrotransit.org.

Learn more on the METRO Gold Line website

The METRO Gold Line BRT will include three stations in Woodbury. The 2040 Comprehensive Plan identifies the need for additional, local-level, master planning efforts at the Gold Line station areas to facilitate high quality development and redevelopment opportunities. The Gold Line Station Master Plan Area consists of approximately 410 acres in northwestern Woodbury including a variety of places to work, places to shop, high-density residential uses, open space and public/semi-public uses. While there are additional acres within the traditional half-mile radii of the station locations, the master plan is focusing on the commercial and high density residential uses that are likely to develop or redevelop as part of the proposed BRT investment. The master plan process is designed to deliver land use and density recommendations as well as design and aesthetic guidelines to implement the Gold Line Station Area Goals and Gold Line Station Area Policies as described in pages 55-58 of the Land Use Chapter of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan.

View the Woodbury Gold Line Master Plan


Gold Line Frequently Asked Questions

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