East metro officials today announced a private $100,000 grant that will pay for a health assessment along the proposed Gateway Corridor, the bus rapid transit route planned along I-94 and Hudson Road between St. Paul and Woodbury.
The grant is from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, with funding from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation.
Gateway officials say the assessment will involve discussions with residents and businesses about how the design of the project affects people’s health.
They say the assessment, conducted by Gateway Corridor staff with support from the Washington County Public Health and Environment Department, will combine “public health expertise, scientific data, and input from community and other stakeholders to examine the potential health risks and benefits of key policy proposals.”
Based on the results, recommendations will be made on how to “capitalize on opportunities to improve community health and to minimize any potential health risks.”
The goals is to have the bus rapid transit route in operation — with a dedicated bus lane along the 12 mile route and up to 12 stations between Woodbury and Union Depot in downtown St. Paul — by 2022.