Red Rock Corridor
|Red Rock Corridor|
|Type||Commuter rail line|
|System||Metro Transit (Metropolitan Council)|
|Locale||Minneapolis–Saint Paul metro: Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Washington County, and Dakota County, Minnesota|
|Termini||Target Field station (Minneapolis),
|Stations||10 planned: Target Field, Northeast Minneapolis, U of M, Snelling Avenue, Rice Street, Saint Paul Union Depot, Lower Afton Road, Newport, Cottage Grove, Hastings Milwaukee Road depot|
|Owner||Canadian Pacific Railway and BNSF Railway (track)
Metro Transit (rolling stock)
|Line length||30 miles|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) (Standard gauge)|
The Red Rock Corridor is a proposed commuter rail service from downtown Minneapolis through neighboring Saint Paul and then southeast along the Mississippi River to Hastings, Minnesota, with a possible later extension to Red Wing. The Minnesota Department of Transportation named the Red Rock Corridor among the first tier of the most feasible commuter rail lines in the Twin Cities region. In the time before commuter trains begin operating, planners are looking into using express buses and park-and-ride lots to funnel commuters; these lots could have platforms added and become train stations.
In planning since 1998, the line was projected to begin operating between Minneapolis and Hastings by 2018.
After about four years of dormancy, the project appears to have restarted in late 2009. The project website, which had only received minimal changes since 2006, was completely redone by early 2010. In addition to the Target Field station in Minneapolis and the Union Depot in Saint Paul, the locations of three more stations have been finalized:
- Lower Afton in Saint Paul
- Former Knox Lumber location in Newport, near the interchange for U.S. Highway 61 and Interstate 494.
- The former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road) depot in Hastings. The Milwaukee Road merged with Canadian Pacific's Soo Line subsidiary in 1986, and CP still owns the tracks at the location today.
Additionally, the Cottage Grove station location has been narrowed to two options.
- "Twin Cities Metropolitan Commuter Rail Feasibility Study". Minnesota Department of Transportation. 1999. Retrieved 2008-04-09.
- Giles, Kevin (2 August 2008). "Transit lines are poised to reach into east suburbs". Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Retrieved 25 November 2009.
- Kevin Giles (February 9, 2010). "Red Rock train on track for '18 in southeast metro". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
- "Search for www.redrockrail.org". Wayback Machine. Internet Archive. Retrieved 2010-02-23.
- "Station Planning". Red Rock Corridor. Retrieved 2010-02-23.
- Red Rock Corridor Transitway web site
- Minnesota Public Radio interactive proposed route map
- Ramsey County Regional Rail