Oakdale plans Minneapolis-Stillwater – Twin Cities rapid transit buses

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Oakdale officials are investigating new rapid transit bus lines along a 26 mile route from Minneapolis to Stillwater.

At a meeting on Tuesday, city council members were presented with four bus service options along National Route 36. The options combine fast bus service and conventional buses to take passengers along the route. suburban road.

The cost of the line that has yet to be named would be $ 75 to $ 110 million for one of the four options.

The line would be similar to other rapid transit bus lines, offering service every 15 minutes to several local stops. Buses with rapid transit sometimes operate on their own dedicated bridges and roads and share lanes with traffic at other times. The lines are funded by the federal government, cities and counties.

One option would be to run rapid transit buses from Minneapolis to Stillwater. The other three would provide rapid transit service from Minneapolis to Rice Street in Little Canada, Maplewood Mall or Hadley Avenue in Oakdale, then use conventional buses or transportation services to complete the trip to Stillwater.

Other rapid transit lines offered include the Gold Line from St. Paul to Woodbury and the Purple Line – formerly the Rush Line – from St. Paul to White Bear Lake.

At a cost of $ 4 million per mile for the Minneapolis-Stillwater rapid transit option, that would be cheap – compared to the cost of $ 31 million per mile for the Purple Line and $ 53 million for the Gold Line.

A survey presented to city council found that of 1,200 residents along the Highway 36 corridor, 73 percent were interested in using some form of public transit.


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