St. Paul, Minn. – Century College students will have better transit access thanks to bipartisan legislation introduced by Senator Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood) this week, which would create new, consistent bus routes for Century students. The bipartisan bill is co-authored by Senators Roger Chamberlain (R-Lino Lakes), Susan Kent (DFL-Woodbury) Jason Isaacson (DFL-Shoreview) and Foung Hawj (DFL-St. Paul).
“Colleges are a ripe environment for adding reliable and accessible routes that could serve hundreds of students and people in the neighborhood daily,” said Sen. Wiger. “Creating more transit access will help provide new opportunities for them to get around and participate in our community and will bring strong benefits to the entire area.”
The bill requires Metro Transit to provide a minimum of six round trips each weekday between the Maplewood Mall Transit Center and downtown St. Paul. Of these round trips, two must be between 8:00 a.m. and noon; two must be between noon and 4:00 p.m.; and two must be between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Metro Transit must not reduce the frequency of bus service, as provided on February 1, 2019, between the Maplewood Mall Transit Center and the White Bear Lake and Mahtomedi campuses of Century College.
“Having access to mass transit is critical for many Century College students. Senator Wiger understands that mass transit is an important component of access to education, and with this bill, providing additional buses that will reach our campus will add another layer of support for those students who want to gain an education to better their lives,” said Century College President Angelia Millender.
“Bus service to the Century College campus is vital to the success of building out the East Metro transit system and I see it as very beneficial to Rush Line,” said Ramsey County Commissioner Victoria Reinhardt.
The bill also requires a study for Metro Transit to explore the transit needs of any city or town within five miles of either Century College campus; the possibility of a circulator bus route in White Bear Lake, Mahtomedi, and the surrounding area with stops at both campuses of Century College; and transit needs of Century College students to get to and from both campuses.
About Senator Chuck Wiger
Chuck Wiger is a state senator who represents the northeast metropolitan communities of Maplewood, Oakdale, North St. Paul, White Bear Lake, Birchwood, Mahtomedi, and Willernie. He is the Ranking Member of the E-12 Finance Committee, and a member of the Capital Investment and Local Government committees. A high resolution photo of Sen. Wiger is available for download here.