Streetcar Feasibility Study
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A Long-term Vision for Streetcars in Saint Paul
Streetcars have the potential to be both important components of the transit system in Saint Paul, and powerful catalysts for economic development in the city. Where might it make sense to construct streetcar lines? How best could a network of streetcars serve the residents and businesses of Saint Paul, and which routes should be the first to be developed? The Saint Paul Streetcar Feasibility Study strives to answer these questions.
What are streetcars all about? Streetcar 101.
What are the goals of the study?
Conducting a feasibility study is an essential first step in determining how best to integrate streetcars into the city’s transit system, and where they have the potential to catalyze development and business activity. Through the planning process, the City will develop a set of prioritized streetcar corridor investments while identifying and addressing issues related to design, engineering, and finance of the system.
The Streetcar Feasibility Study's three main goals are to:
- Evaluate the feasibility of developing streetcar services in Saint Paul
- Identify corridors that best meet the goals identified in the City's Comprehensive Plan
- Prioritize potential initial segments for streetcar investment
These goals are being addressed through a three phase evaluation of potential corridors.
A Proposed Long-Term Network
This map shows the City's proposed long-term streetcar network for Saint Paul, and are the end result of Phase 2 of this study (see below for details on the different phases).
How was this network identified? What are the next steps?
Many corridors across all neighborhoods are being studied. The evaluation process
identifies a network of corridors that makes sense for Saint Paul, and prioritizes potential "starter segments" for initial investment.
Phase 1: Corridor Screenings
examined a universe of corridors throughout the city for potential physical fatal flaws, and further screened for supportive land uses and existing and planned zoning. At the end of this phase, the study team has come up with a list of potential lines
which will be examined in more detail in Phase 2.
Phase 2: Detailed Evaluation
further developed these potential lines, and put them through a rigorous evaluation focusing on economic development potential, transit demand, compatible land-uses, operations, systems integration, and capital and operational costs.
DRAFT Phase 3: Determine Starter Network and Starter Line
identifies the most effective lines/segments to be pursued as the first new streetcar lines in the city. The linked memo details the full evaluation, and how the Streetcar Starter Line was determined.
UPDATE November 2013: The proposed first streetcar line for the City of Saint Paul would connection East and West 7th Streets, from Arcade to Randolph, running through downtown. The proposal is to conduct further study of the potential for this is a 4.1 mile starter line. The Starter Line proposal is shown below:
This feasibility study will have a public hearing to be held at the Planning Commission in early 2014. Dates will be posted as they become available.
How can I get involved?
Two Open Houses
were held on August 28, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and from 4:30-7:30 p.m., at the Rondo Community Outreach Library at 461 N. Dale Street. Community members were given a chance to submit comments on the proposed network and individual lines at that time.
Additional Open Houses are being planned, and dates will be posted on this website as they become available.
The Transportation Committee
of the Planning Commission has been serving as a steering committee for this process. Through the course of this study, there have been, and will be additional, public open houses, District Council involvement, and opportunities for feedback at various community organizations. The city has also convened a group of partner agencies and technical review staff.
For more information, please contact Michelle Beaulieu at
The City thanks the generous funders who have made this effort possible: the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, St. Paul Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Ramsey County Regional Rail Authority, and the City of Saint Paul Department of Planning and Economic Development.