At the Gateway Corridor Development Forum Cleveland official says ‘Better Rapid Transit’ led to development.
The Gateway Corridor Commission is seeking community members to serve on a new Gateway Corridor Community Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC will advise the Commission throughout preparation of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS), which is a step in the federal process to study potential transit service.
A visiting transit administrator held a packed room of business and community leaders interested in the Gateway Corridor spellbound with his story of a wildly successful rapid-transit line in Cleveland. Joe Calabrese, the CEO of Cleveland’s Regional Transit Agency, said the HealthLine transit project is successful because it is fast, simple, safe, first-class, and promotes economic development— more than $4 billion in new investments.
The Gateway Corridor Commission is hosting a Development Forum on June 24th. Joseph Calabrese, CEO, Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, is the featured keynote speaker. He will talk about Cleveland’s HealthLine, a state-of-the-art bus rapid transit system. Calabrese will be joined by area leaders for a panel discussion. The Gateway Corridor Commission expects the event to spark conversations about the role cities and the business community play in transit-oriented development.
US Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Congresswoman Betty McCollum are proud supporters and partners in the development of transit options in Minnesota. The Gateway Corridor Commission submitted a letter to FTA commenting on the new federal transportation bill, MAP-21. The MN federal delegation also sent letters of support for the comments and the project.
During environmental-impact work, a transit mode will be selected, either light rail or bus rapid transit in a dedicated lane.
A new group of transit supporters from the east metro is hoping to hold its first meeting in the coming weeks.
The students took on the topic “Station Area Development and Community Connections along the Gateway Corridor.” They have each taken on a client in the community, and are gathering information on proposed stations at St. Paul’s Mounds Boulevard, Maplewood/3M, and Oakdale/Oaks.
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