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Gateway Corridor Project EIS

Project Information
Sector: Surface Transportation
Project Category: 
DOT Projects
Project Status: 
Cancelled
Description: 

The Gateway Corridor connects the east metro area to the greater Twin Cities region of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. The Gateway Corridor Gold Line BRT is a proposed bus rapid transit line that would run next to Interstate 94 for a little over 9 miles in an exclusive lane in Ramsey and Washington counties on or next to Hudson Road and 4th Street, then down Helmo Ave. in Oakdale to Bielenberg Dr. in Woodbury between the Union Depot in downtown Saint Paul and the Woodbury Theater Park and Ride. The exclusive bus lanes would not be added to I-94 but would be part of a separate bus-only system.

Please note - The Gateway Corridor project was originally a transitway approximately 12 miles in length located in Ramsey and Washington Counties in the eastern part of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, Minnesota. A Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was published in the Federal Register on 2/12/2014. Since the NOI was published, through the environmental review and locally preferred alternative decision-making process, the potential project length has been reduced by approximately three miles and the transit technologies under evaluation have been reduced from light rail transit, bus rapid transit (BRT), and managed lanes to only BRT. Both these changes have minimized the potential impact of the proposed action. FTA, WCRRA, and the Metropolitan Council anticipate that an Environmental Assessment (EA), leading to a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), would be the appropriate class of action under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for this project. Therefore, the FTA rescinded the NOI for the EIS on 3/25/2017. FTA will add the project to the Infrastructure Permitting Dashboard if an EA is advanced for the project in the future.

Permitting Timeline

Action Agency Target Completion Status
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Milestones:
Issuance of Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Scoping
Official Notice of Availability of a Draft EIS published in the Federal Register
Official Notice of Availability of a Final EIS published in the Federal Register
Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Draft EIS published in the Federal Register
Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Final EIS published in the Federal Register
Issuance of Record of Decision or combined Final EIS / Record of Decision
Issuance of an Amended Record of Decision
Federal Transit Administration Cancelled
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