Minnesota Senate Bonding Committee listens to Gateway Corridor proposal

Committee is touring suburban bonding projects Dec. 1-3

Kent PortraitST. PAUL, Minn.  – The Senate Capital Investment Committee is spending this week touring dozens of projects as it embarks on its suburban regional tour. The Committee stopped at Rasmussen College on Tuesday, Dec. 1 to hear several bonding project proposals including the Gateway Corridor.

The Gateway Corridor or Gold Line BRT would run on I-94 in a dedicated guideway. It would stop at 11 stations and would serve as a connection to our growing regional transit system. The Gateway Corridor Commission has used a highly methodical, data-driven process in planning and evaluating alternatives. Washington County is requesting $3 million in bonding funds to help with the state’s share of engineering and environmental analysis. If the bonding money is secured, the project will move forward into its next phase.

Sen. Susan Kent (DFL-Woodbury) has been a long-time advocate for the Gateway Corridor and was at Rasmussen College in support of the project.

“The Gateway Corridor, a valuable regional resource, is a critical component in the long-term solution to the east metro’s traffic problems. There are 300,000 people that live along this corridor and that number is expected to grow by 90,000 by 2030. Likewise, jobs in the area are expected to grow by 70 percent in the same timeframe. Bus rapid transit along this corridor is the best way to ease our traffic congestion, and is the preferred reliable, high quality and cost-effective choice by businesses and residents.  I encourage the Bonding Committee to put the Gateway Corridor in the 2016 Bonding Bill,” said Sen. Kent.

To learn more about the projects the committee has toured this fall, visit: http://build.mn/

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