The Washington County Board of Commissioners made adjustments Jan. 19 to the planned Gold Line bus rapid transit (BRT) project planned from downtown St. Paul to Woodbury.
The County Board agreed to contribute $145.4 million to the project, which currently includes the development of a new county service center in Woodbury, which will also serve as a terminus and parking ramp in western Woodbury. The county’s Transit Tax will fund the county’s costs.
The project is at a stage called “Entry Into Engineering,” when the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) shows support for the project, and locks in the amount of funding that it will provide. The plan reviewed by the FTA includes the service center in Woodbury, which has recently been added to the project.
During a recent review by the FTA to assure that the budget is adequate, the FTA added $12.7 million to the project, for contingency, after costs were added to the budget last May. The updated cost is now $531.9 million.
In addition to funding from the county’s transit tax, funding will come from County Transit Improvement Board funds, the state, Ramsey County, and regional funding for bridges and stations along the route, as well as from the FTA.
Ramsey County has already committed to funding the project.
It is expected that the BRT line will open for service in 2024.