Transitway Corridor Planning

  1. Red Rock Corridor
  2. Rush Line Corridor

Red Rock Corridor4 Opens in new windowThe Red Rock Corridor is a proposed 20-mile transitway, connecting the Twin Cities' southeastern suburbs to downtown Saint Paul. Bus rapid transit service will originate in Hastings and stop in Cottage Grove, Newport, and St. Paul's Battle Creek neighborhood before connecting to Union Depot. Riders will be able to access many destinations from Union Depot using other transit services like express buses, local buses, METRO Green Line LRT, and METRO Gold Line BRT.

An Implementation Plan completed in early 2017 includes financial, development, and service plans that build towards the long-term goal of more transit service in the Red Rock Corridor. The Implementation Plan uses a phased approach presenting both near-term and long-term strategies and recommendations. Near-term recommendations (Phase I) focus on increasing local and express bus service and building transit ridership in the corridor. The plan contains multiple recommendations that include working with Metro Transit to maintain and increase corridor transit service. In addition to building ridership, another important near-term recommendation that has been successfully implemented was to work with cities within the corridor to update their comprehensive plans with increased population and job densities within the station areas. These recommendations will help the corridor to move towards full bus rapid transit implementation once expected ridership reaches regional benchmarks.

Activities related to the Red Rock Corridor are guided by the Red Rock Corridor Commission (RRCC), of which Washington County is a member. The RRCC is a joint powers board of local elected officials from the counties and communities along the corridor, brought together by the common pursuit of improving multimodal transportation options along Highway 61 in the southeast metro. The Red Rock Corridor website is the primary source for project background information, the latest news about the corridor, and announcements for upcoming meetings and events.