Gateway Corridor’s proposed route for bus rapid transit runs along Hudson Boulevard between Inwood and Manning.
Lake Elmo City Council voted unanimously in favor of adopting Resolution No. 2014-71 affirming the Local Preferred Alternative (LPA) for the Bus Rapid Transit Route of the Gateway Corridor. The proposed alignment would run along Hudson Boulevard from Inwood Avenue to possibly as far as Manning Avenue.
Council offered their support with the stipulation that five major items be addressed between the approval of the LPA resolution and the City’s final approval – called municipal consent – that would be the final binding approval before transit route construction can take place. These items are:
- That the County assumed jurisdictional control of Hudson Boulevard from Inwood Avenue to Manning Avenue which would could save Lake Elmo $10 million to $15 million over a 20 year period.
- That Lake Elmo and the County agree to an access plan for Hudson Boulevard that would maintain current ingress-egress access for landowners to avoid business disruption.
- The Gateway Commission consider an easterly station in the proximity of the NW corner of Manning Avenue and I-94 to support economic development.
- That due to infrastructure constraints, an interchange is never built at the crossroads of I-94 and Lake Elmo Avenue.
- That a safety and security plan be developed for the Gateway Corridor that insures Lake Elmo residents will not be adversely affect by the BRT.
The selection of a LPA is a local decision-making process, which informs local and federal funding and project development. It is a separate process from the federal Draft Environmental Impact Study, also occurring at this time. The LPA selection process does not replace or override the requirement to fully examine alternatives and determine the adverse impacts that must be avoided or mitigated under the federal and state environmental review process. More information can be found at www.theGatewayCorridor.com