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Officials select bus rapid transit for Gateway Corridor from Woodbury to St. Paul

A bus rapid transit line has been chosen over another light rail line, for the Gateway Corridor between Woodbury and St. Paul.

A committee of elected officials and community members from the area that made the choice said light rail would cost twice as much as their preferred bus rapid transit.

Another option, a managed freeway lane on the 12-mile stretch in the East Metro, was also rejected.

Washington County Commissioner Lisa Weik, chair of the Gateway Corridor Commission said in a statement:

“Our selection tells the Federal Transit Administration that we think BRT will be the most competitive and will achieve the most support at the local, regional and federal levels.”

Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens said residents will support the selection of buses over light rail.

“Bus rapid transit in a dedicated lane is like a train on rubber tires. BRT can bring the same kinds of economic development and connections to the regional transit system as light rail, but at a fraction of the cost.”

A public hearing to gather feedback on the selection of bus rapid transit for the route will be Aug. 7, 6 p.m., at Conway Recreational Center, 2090 Conway St., St Paul.

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