City looks to make Gateway station steering committee


A map of the Gateway Corridor shows how the route would come from the east suburbs into downtown St. Paul’s Union Depot. (submitted graphic)

As an added provision for St. Paul’s portion of the proposed Gateway Corridor transitway, the city is setting up a steering committee to involve residents in planning East Side stations along the route.

The Gateway corridor is a proposed commuter transit line that would connect residents of the eastern suburbs and the East Side of St. Paul with downtown St. Paul. Under consideration are a light-rail line or a new rapid-transit bus lane.

The proposed route would be built along the north side of Interstate 94 on the East Side of St. Paul, Maplewood, and part of Oakdale before meandering on a yet-determined route ending up in either Woodbury or Lake Elmo.

Though a $1.7 million study was funded for the corridor, no funding to implement the project has been identified.

According to a city-issued statement, the steering committee would be an intermediary between City Hall and residents, making sure residents’ input is taken into consideration with the planning of stations along the proposed transit corridor.

“(The steering committee) does the grunt work that you can’t expect the broader community to do,” said Bill Dermody, St. Paul city planner who’s in charge of organizing the steering committee.

Lyssa Leitner, planner with Washington County, said the committee would be a chance for residents to have their say in terms of how the stations would be developed.

The route through St. Paul, if the project were to go through, is more or less set, Leitner said.

This includes the rough location of stops at the SunRay Shopping Center, on White Bear Avenue, Etna Street, Earl Street, and Mounds Boulevard.

Leitner said while all the cities involved in the Gateway Corridor project had the option of forming steering committees, St. Paul was the only one to do so. She suggested that was perhaps because St. Paul would have a larger number of stops than any of the suburbs along the route.

To apply for a spot on the Gateway Corridor’s St. Paul steering committee, contact Bill Dermody for an application at 651-266-6617 or bill.dermody@ci.stpaul.mn.us.

-- Patrick Larkin

 

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