“Transportation is the second highest expense per household,” says Lindsey Wollschlage, community liaison with the Gateway Corridor, a proposed public transportation project.
During Globe University’s Lunch and Learn event at its corporate office in Woodbury on Friday, March 28, 2014, Wollschlager and Lyssa Leitner from Washington County explained how the proposed transit investments for the I-94 corridor in the east metro might impact Globe University students and staff.
The Gateway Corridor would cover the 11-mile stretch from downtown St. Paul to the St. Croix River Bridge, along Interstate 94, Hudson Road and Highway 12. It would give citizens access to and from commercial centers, businesses and educational institutions, including Globe University.
Wollschlager and Leitner explained that the transit system would not only give the growing population easier access to their places of work or school, but would be economically beneficial and would cut down on traffic congestion.
“The population living along the corridor is expected to grow 30 percent by the year 2030, and 30,000 jobs are expected to be added,” says Leitner. “Our current highways cannot handle this increase, and the Gateway Corridor offers a proactive, cost-effective solution.”
Details of the Gateway Corridor are still in the works, including route plans and whether it would be a bus rapid transit or light rail transit system. The project is currently in the Environmental Impact Stage, undergoing studies to determine what the effects will be. Depending on funding, it would then move to the engineering and eventually construction phase in 2018.
“The Gateway Corridor is a vital link,” says Leitner. “We want everyone – all races, all economic levels – to have access to and from the downtowns and these east metro communities.”