A Bus-Rapid-Transit corridor in St. Paul has been designed to only serve the suburbs
An article from the Twin Cities Daily Planet describes the controversy building over the Locally Preferred Alternative of the “Gateway Corridor.” It seems that Golden Valley and Minneapolis are not alone in seeing their resident’s needs overlooked in order to serve the need of residents in the suburbs. Now St. Paul can be added to this list of cities. From Twin Cities Daily Planet:
“Haven’t even heard of this project? … The Gateway Commission held poorly-publicized, highly-technical meetings, which drew two kinds of folks: on one side of the city limits were excited suburbanites looking to cash in on transit-oriented development and enjoy lower commute times; and on the other, nervous homeowners along the formerly proposed routes of White Bear Avenue and 7th Street.”
The result: A Locally Preferred Alternative that bypasses east St. Paul completely.
The Metropolitan Council has significant powers in planning the future of the Twin Cities. They are not an elected body–and they seem to engage in deliberate tactics to keep the public uninformed in order to get projects developed.