The City of Saint Paul’s Planning & Economic Development Department has been leading a study to evaluate the feasibility of developing streetcar services in the city. This technical, data-driven study is the 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.
The first phase of the study screened corridors throughout the city to determine potential lines to study further in the second phase. Phase two further analyzed 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. Seven lines were identified as having potential for streetcar service.
Two open houses on the second phase of the Streetcar Feasibility Study will be held on Wednesday, August 28 at the Rondo Community Outreach Library located at 461 N. Dale Street. The first open house will be from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and the second will be held from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
The third and final phase of the study will identify a priority line or lines for the city. The study will conclude by the end of 2013.
For more information visit www.stpaul.gov/streetcars. Comments about Phase II of the streetcar study can be directed to Michelle Beaulieu, 651-266-6620, firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide your feedback on the streetcar line you believe should be the first priority at www.stpaul.gov/open.