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Monday, July 29, 2013

Neighbors share hotdogs, games and conversation about the Gateway Corridor


On Saturday, July 13 neighbors gathered in the parking lot of Leo’s Chow Mein on Old Hudson Road to learn more about plans for the Gateway Corridor transit route and to offer their ideas for the neighborhood in the context of transit planning.

Sponsored by the Engage Eastside Resident Network, the event offered free hot dogs and games for the kids in addition to information about the Gateway Corridor- the transit corridor that follows Interstate I-94 from the St. Croix River Bridge into downtown Saint Paul.

The Gateway Corridor Commission, comprised of elected officials from communities along the corridor, recently completed an Alternatives Analysis study which selected Hudson Road in Saint Paul as the most feasible route for improved commuter transit service through the East Side.  The Commission is about to embark on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to further study this route and the potential for either Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) or Light Rail Transit (LRT) along the corridor.

While the kids enjoyed face painting, side walk chalk and other games, adults studied materials about the corridor and had the opportunity to provide feedback, via stickers, about issues important for planners to keep in mind as the project advances.  Based on the feedback from the event, improved streetscapes, housing and affordability, and noise mitigation will be key issues for the neighborhood as the plans move forward.

If you missed the gathering on the 13th but would like to learn more about the Gateway Corridor (and score a free hot dog), the Engage Eastside Resident Network has another gathering planned for Saturday, August 3 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the cul-de-sac near 652 Conway (in case of rain, the gathering will move to Mounds Park United Methodist Church at 1049 Euclid).  All are welcome to attend.

If you would like more information about Engage Eastside, you can visit their website at: http://eesresidentnetwork.wordpress.com.  For more information about the Gateway Corridor see: http://thegatewaycorridor.com.

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