Andrew Gitzlaff, senior planner, and Lyssa Leitner, planner, with Washington County, traveled to the Globe University–Woodbury campus, located off of Interstate 94, a major interstate for Minnesota and Wisconsin commuters, to lead an open campus forum on the Gateway Corridor project.
The Gateway Corridor transit-way project will reshape how we get around the east metro, connecting destinations and improving travel for all users including businesses, employees and students. It is important for all the diverse groups along the corridor including students, faculty and staff at Globe University to provide their input on the project since transportation is such a critical component of all our lives, according to Gitzlaff.
“If we don’t move forward with this project, traffic congestion will continue to increase, and there will be many missed opportunities if we don’t fix the transit solution,” said Gitzlaff. Overall, he believes this is worth the investment and that is why we are reaching out to the community to start the dialogue.
How does this affect Globe students?
One might think that public transportation would be easy for a college located right off of a major interstate. Unfortunately, transportation is one of the main obstacles holding motivated students back from starting classes. They don’t have luxury of driving to school right after or before work. They have to wait for the 8 a.m. bus and then again for the 5:30 p.m. bus, which doesn’t always work for our working students.
“Our school is designed to work with our students’ schedules. But, when they don’t have reliable public transportation, it is hard for them to commit themselves to our programs when they just can’t get here,” said Lisa Palermo, campus director of Globe University-Woodbury. “That is why the Gateway Corridor project is so impactful to our campus.”
Adding more efficient public transportation for our students in Woodbury would enable more students opportunities to travel outside of Woodbury for internships and jobs, and, more importantly, allow those students that are transportation-deprived a chance to pursue their dreams and go back to school to further their careers.
Watch the Gateway Corridor Scoping Video below to learn more.