City drafts letter in support of future park and ride facilityA park and ride facility on the eastern edge of Woodbury may be in the city’s future.
By: Hank Long, Woodbury Bulletin
A park and ride facility on the eastern edge of Woodbury may be in the city’s future.
The Woodbury City Council voted June 10 to send a letter of support to Metropolitan Council on its support for the Metro Transits application for federal transportation funding that could help pay for a park and ride facility off I-94 and Manning Avenue.
The application includes a request for $7 million of federal funds to purchase land, build a park and ride facility, purchase buses and provide service at the location, which would be in the vicinity of the future Northeast Business Park.
If the federal funds were received, Metro Transit would provide the local matching funding required, a city reports states.
A Metro Transit ridership analysis indicates there is a demand for a park and ride lot along the I-94 Corridor. The proposed general location is the southwest quadrant of I-94 and TH 95 (Manning Avenue).
The park and ride is currently planned as a parking structure with 550 spaces and would need about three acres. The park and ride would most likely co-locate with a future retail use to allow for shared parking. A park and ride of this size would support 10 peak period express bus trips to Minneapolis.
Representatives from Metro Transit have met with the property owners in this area and they are supportive of the grant application, the city report states.