2015 Article Archive

Gold Line Awarded $6.75 Million in Grants

Dec. 21, 2015

Gateway Gold Line Bus Rapid Transit is the beneficiary of two grants worth a combined $6.75 million announced recently by the Counties Transit Improvement Board. The grants will help pay for environmental and engineering work and for project support work necessary to transition from the current phase to the next.

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Gateway Corridor Commission Members, Project Stakeholders Meet with Federal Leaders

Oct. 15, 2015

Members of the Gateway Corridor Commission, business representatives and elected officials returned last week with heightened optimism for the Gold Line bus rapid transit project after two days of meetings with federal officials in Washington, D.C.

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St. Paul: Fast Buses to Connect People to Jobs

Pioneer Press Editorial / Sep. 23, 2015

A $1 million federal grant — funded by taxpayers — will help fund planning for development around 13 proposed stops, a step that could help boost the line’s appeal and usefulness to riders and create economic benefits for the region.

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Federal Grant to Help Prepare Gateway Corridor Gold Line Bus Rapid Transit for Development Opportunities

Sept. 14, 2015

The Federal Transit Administration is recognizing the Gateway Corridor Gold Line bus rapid transit project with a $1 million grant, part of a competitive new pilot program for transit- oriented development planning.

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The Gateway Gold Line is Moving Forward – With Your Help

Lisa Weik / Lillie News / Aug. 27, 2015

The Gateway Corridor Gold Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project is making great progress this summer on environmental work, conceptual design and refinement of the route. In order to create the best transit service possible for this corridor between Saint Paul and Woodbury/Lake Elmo, we need your help. I have already heard from many of you, and I wanted to share answers to some of the most common questions.

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Public Input Requested on Gateway Gold Line BRT Eastern Alignment, Station Locations Hearing Set for Sept. 10

August 14, 2015

The Gateway Corridor Commission, comprised of elected officials, and business and community leaders in the East Metro, made an initial recommendation for public comment Aug. 13 on a refinement of the Gold Line bus rapid transit alignment and station locations in Woodbury and Lake Elmo.

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St. Paul: Keeping Bus-rapid-transit on Pace in the East Metro

Pioneer Press / June 23, 2015

East-metro transit advocates are wise to make the “jobs” connection when they draw attention to the Minnesota Legislature’s decision against including funding for the Gateway Corridor this year.

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Congresswoman McCollum and Governor Dayton’s Weigh-in on Gateway Corridor

June 26, 2015

Congresswoman McCollum wrote to Governor Dayton requesting his support for the $3 million request at the Legislature. Governor Dayton responded stating his support for building out the entire metropolitan area transit system.

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Gateway Corridor Regroups after Legislative, Special Sessions

June 16, 2015

Community leaders in the Gateway Corridor are regrouping after the Legislature did not approve a $3 million request, during the regular or special sessions, for a proposed bus rapid transit project that would connect the East Metro to the regional transit system.

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For the East Metro, House Transportation Bill Would be the End of New Transit

Mary Giuliani Stephens / Pioneer Press / May 12, 2015

More than five years ago, citizens, mayors, and businesses along I-94 began planning the best way to improve transportation in the Gateway corridor between St. Paul and Wisconsin. I’m a member of the Gateway Corridor Commission, and am proud of the plan we came up with together over that five years of work. Every city in the corridor has voted to make Gold Line bus rapid transit (BRT) the Locally Preferred Alternative.

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Keep the Gold Line Moving, so It can Keep Us Moving

Susan Kent, Karin Housley, JoAnn Ward, Kelly Fenton / MinnPost / May 8, 2015

“We need more progress on the Gold Line BRT, and we need it in 2015,” say Sen. Susan Kent (DFL-Woodbury), Sen. Karin Housley (R-St. Mary’s Point), Rep. JoAnn Ward (DFL-Woodbury), and Rep. Kelly Fenton (R-Woodbury).

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National Expert Says East Metro will ‘Reinvent’ Meaning of Bus Rapid Transit, Lead the Nation

April 17, 2015

A room of nearly 100 policy makers and business leaders were encouraged by what they heard April 15 at the Gateway Corridor Development Forum, held at Globe University in Woodbury. Two national experts shared ideas on how communities and developers can use the proposed Gold Line bus rapid transit project to create prosperous communities.

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For More Information from the Forum:

Dena Belzer’s Presentation

Roger Millar’s Presentation

An Urgent Need in the East Metro: Better Transit

Matt Kramer, Lisa Weik / Pioneer Press / April 9, 2015

A Pioneer Press opinion piece says the difference between the labor markets in Minneapolis and Saint Paul is transit accessibility. Efforts are underway to bring balance to the regional transit system.

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National Experts to Share Ideas for Optimizing the Development Response to the Gold Line BRT

April 9, 2015

Business people and policy makers will learn how the proposed Gold Line bus rapid transit line can support development and help create prosperous communities at the Gateway Corridor Development Forum Tuesday, April 14, 12:30 p.m., at Globe University, 8147 Globe Drive, Woodbury.

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Gateway Corridor Development Forum Flier

Oakdale Hires Bart Fischer as New City Administrator

Lillie News/ Feb. 18, 2015

After five months without a city administrator, Oakdale has hired Bart Fischer to fill the role. He replaces Craig Waldron, who left the city to teach at Hamline University last August after over 20 years on the job.

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Council Chair Duininck, Local Officials Tour Gateway Corridor

Metropolitan Council Chair Adam Duininck wrapped up the first week of his seven-county tour on Feb. 6 with a bus ride through the Gateway Corridor (future METRO Gold Line) in the east metro area.

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St. Paul Looking for Resident feedback on Gateway Corridor Stations

Lillie News / Patrick Larkin / Feb. 23, 2015

Though the rough locations of St. Paul stops for the Gateway Corridor are set, the specifics have yet to be hammered out for the up-and-coming transit line.

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Congresswoman McCollum, Local Leaders Discuss Gateway Corridor BRT with Governor

Gov. Mark Dayton heard Feb. 9 from community leaders who say $3 million in state funding is essential this legislative session to keep the momentum going for cost effective, reliable bus rapid transit (BRT) in the Gateway Corridor, a 12-mile stretch along Interstate 94 and Hudson Road between downtown St. Paul and Woodbury.

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