Public hearing scheduled for BRT alignment, station locations in Lake Elmo & Woodbury

The Gateway Corridor Commission has an initial recommendation prepared for public comment on the Gold Line BRT route and general station locations in Lake Elmo and Woodbury. A public hearing is set for Sept. 10, at 5:30 p.m., at Woodbury City Hall where details of the project will be discussed. The map shows the proposed alignment for the Gold Line BRT route as well as proposed stops along it. (submitted graphic)
The Gateway Corridor Commission has an initial recommendation prepared for public comment on the Gold Line BRT route and general station locations in Lake Elmo and Woodbury. A public hearing is set for Sept. 10, at 5:30 p.m., at Woodbury City Hall where details of the project will be discussed. The map shows the proposed alignment for the Gold Line BRT route as well as proposed stops along it. (submitted graphic)

Gateway Corridor seeks public feedback on proposal

The Gateway Corridor Commission is refining its recommendations for the eastern alignment and station locations for a future bus rapid transit line traveling between downtown St. Paul and Woodbury, and the commission wants public input on its proposed locations in Lake Elmo and Woodbury.

A public hearing to discuss the suggested alignment and stops in Lake Elmo and Woodbury has been scheduled at Woodbury City Hall, 8301 Valley Creek Rd., Thursday, Sept. 10, at 5:30 p.m.

Information boards on the BRT project and staff will be on hand to answer questions. A short presentation will begin at 6 p.m., prior to the floor being opened for questions and comments from the public.

An open house to discuss the Gateway Corridor Bus Rapid Transit line will also take place Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 4 to 6 p.m., outside at the Lake Elmo Event Center's Outdoor Garden. The Lake Elmo Inn Event Center is located at 3712 Layton Ave. N. in the downtown Village district. The meeting will be moved indoors if the weather is poor. Representatives from the Gateway Corridor Commission will discuss the project and field questions. 

In addition to the scheduled meetings, comments on the BRT route's eastern alignment and proposed stops will be accepted by phone, email or mail through Sept 24 at:

• 651-430-4300

gatewaycorridor@co.washington.mn.us

• Project Manager — Andy Gitzlaff, Senior Planner
Washington County Public Works Department
11660 Myeron Road North, Stillwater, MN 55082

Gaining local support

Washington County District 5 Commissioner Lisa Weik, chair of the Gateway Corridor Commission, said she has confidence in the recommended alignment and stops in Lake Elmo and Woodbury and welcomes public comments.

"After reviewing the engineering, environmental and operational data during several meetings with city officials, we believe we've selected the most cost effective and efficient option," she said in a written statement Friday. "We welcome comments from community members and encourage people to attend the Sept. 10 public hearing where questions can be answered."

The Gateway Gold Line BRT route will stretch 12-miles from St. Paul's Union Depot to Woodbury on its own roadway. 

The recommended route for the transit line travels immediately north of Interstate 94 from downtown St. Paul heading east through Maplewood and along Fourth Street and Hudson Boulevard through Oakdale and Lake Elmo. The proposed route then turns right at Lake Elmo Avenue and crosses I-94 into Woodbury, where it tracks east on Hudson Road to Manning Avenue. The line turns left at Manning, and crosses I-94 again, where the last stop would be located.

There are a total of 13 stops proposed along the route, with one planned for Landfall near Greenway Avenue, two in Oakdale near Helmo and Inwood Avenues, another two in Lake Elmo to be located near Keats Avenue and at a planned park-and-ride at Manning Avenue, and one stop in Woodbury near Settlers Ridge Parkway.

"I'm in favor of the recommendations for the project," Lake Elmo Mayor Mike Pearson told the Review. "We worked really hard over the past 18 months to be part of the project. I'm happy the commission recommended Lake Elmo. The city council has stated their preference for some economic development down on the corridor. This will present a significant tool in the toolbox to encourage that," he added.

Gateway Corridor commissioners promise a rail-like experience with the transit line, and have likened it to 'trains on rubber wheels.' Buses would run every 10-15 minutes daily between Union Depot and Woodbury, and will be easier to board than traditional ones, with no steps into passenger areas. Passengers would pay the fare for their trip before getting on, much like light rail. Shelters planned for the stops would be heated and include bench seating and real-time bus information. Project planners hope to have the Gateway Gold Line BRT completed by 2022.

Joshua Nielsen can be reached at jnielsen@lillienews.com or 651-748-7822.

 

 

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