STREETCAR FEASIBILITY STUDY CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION On July 9th, 2014, the City Council passed a resolution approving the long-term network of feasible streetcar routes for Saint Paul, including 7 lines: East 7th, Grand, Payne, Rice, Robert, Selby, and West 7th (see map below). They also recognized the high potential for an East-West 7th streetcar line from Arcade to Randolph, and authorized staff to proceed to more detailed analysis of bus versus streetcars in that corridor, to be iniated ONLY after Ramsey County concludes transit studies of the Riverview Corridor. Final Streetcar Study Summary Report Here Past events: Streetcar Study Public Hearing at City Council, July 9th, 2014 Streetcar Study recommendationsfrom the Planning Commission, February 21 Streetcar Study at Transportation Committee, February 10 Streetcar Study Public Hearing at Planning Commission, January 24 Streetcar Study Open Houses, January 15 and 16 January 2014 Open House Flyer Check out the presentation from our summer open houses here. Comments were also accepted, and can be viewed, on Open Saint Paul, Saint Paul's online forum. 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? See ourStreetcar 101presentation.
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. Phase 2 definted the long-term network, seen above. 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. 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:
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