Gateway Corridor (Minnesota)
|Locale||Minneapolis – Saint Paul metro area;
Minnesota Counties Ramsey, Washington
Wisconsin Counties St. Croix, Dunn,
Chippewa, Eau Claire counties
|Termini||Saint Paul Union Depot
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
|Line length||90 mi (144.84 km)|
The Gateway Corridor is a proposed Transitway along Interstate 94 from St. Paul, Minnesota to Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
The Gateway Corridor follows Interstate 94 from the St. Croix River Bridge to Saint Paul. The Gateway Corridor is one of the most heavily used and traveled corridors in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. It provides an important link to some of the Saint Paul's largest employers, including 3M, The Hartford, Imation and Securian Financial. As a result of recent population growth, the Gateway Corridor today moves more than 150,000 vehicles per day. In 2009, a commission was created to study and plan alternative transportation options in the corridor.
In August 2010, the Gateway Corridor Commission and its consultant team initiated a Transit Alternatives Analysis Study (AA), looking at the corridor from the Twin Cities to Eau Claire, Wisconsin. This is the first step in determining the best mode (i.e. light rail, commuter rail or bus rapid transit); estimated ridership, possible routes and stops, and projected costs to build, operate and maintain. In looking at these four main areas, the study will help to address the issues of congestion, potential economic development/revitalization and environmental and social impacts.
The AA Study will take approximately 18 months to complete and is expected to be finished by spring 2012. Final decisions regarding the mode of transit and route will be determined by the Metropolitan Council and Ramsey and Washington County Regional Railroad Authorities. These decisions will help move this from a planning effort into a real, tangible project.
The Gateway Corridor Commission has dropped the commuter rail option, leaving only possible bus rapid transit routes. All of the bus rapid transit route options would run on Interstate 94.