In June 2013, the Gateway Corridor Commission and its consultant team began the preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), which assesses the social, economic and environmental impact of a dedicated BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) or Light Rail Transit (LRT) line along Hudson Road from downtown St. Paul to Woodbury. The EIS is the second phase in the process of identifying the best transit system for the Twin Cities east metro and will examine a number of possible effects of building and operating BRT or LRT on the surrounding community.
There are two main objectives of the Gateway Corridor DEIS process. The first objective is to more fully define potential social, economic, and environmental impacts from BRT and investigate a managed lane option. The second objective is to thoroughly assess effects of BRT, including air and water quality, and potential noise impacts.
In March of 2014 the project entered the “Scoping” phase within the preparation of the DEIS. Scoping is the process of determining which transit alternatives and issues will be evaluated in the Draft EIS. Scoping is an opportunity to:
Community stakeholders, including local businesses and community organizations in the corridor, will be involved throughout the DEIS process, with opportunities to provide input at each phase. Following the assessment, refinements will be made to the transit plans in order to ensure the proposed transitway provides the most benefit to the people that live and work in the corridor, with the least possible impact.
The DEIS, which is expected to take 20 months to complete, will build upon the findings of the Alternatives Analysis (AA) Study to inform a locally preferred alternative (LPA) for consideration by the Metropolitan Council upon completion.
Please check this page often. Additional information will be added as the study progresses.
The locally preferred alternative has been adopted by all cities and counties in the corridor and forwarded to the Metropolitan Council for inclusion in the Transportation Policy Plan.