Twin Cities East Metro to Launch Transit Study to Link Western Wisconsin to Saint Paul

From an August 11 press release:

Woodbury, MN – August 11, 2010 –With the increase in traffic congestion along I-94 from the St. Croix River Bridge to Saint Paul, coupled with the expected increase in population in the area, the Gateway Corridor Commission is conducting an Alternative Analysis Study that will determine the best mode of alternative transit for the corridor. The study will examine potential transit modes, including light rail, bus rapid transit and commuter rail; potential routes with estimated ridership; and construction and operation costs. The Study will review transit connections from Saint Paul – Minneapolis to Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

According to 2010 projections, more than 300,000 people live along the corridor. By 2030, the corridor’s population is expected to grow by nearly 30 percent. In addition to the population growth, more than 30,000 jobs are expected to be added to the corridor – adding more commuters to an already congested corridor. Every day, more than 90,000 vehicles cross into Minnesota by the St. Croix River Bridge. By the time a commuter reaches downtown St. Paul, the number of vehicles increases to 150,000.

In 2009, the Gateway Corridor Commission was created to study and plan alternative transportation options for the area along Interstate 94. The Commission is comprised of local elected officials and community leaders in the Gateway Corridor who are continuously working to bring new transit options to residents, businesses and travelers in the area. To learn more, please visit www.thegatewaycorridor.com

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