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Transit plan calls for station in Woodbury

Woodbury would be home to at least two major stops in a transit plan linking St. Paul with Eau Claire, Wis.

Under a plan released last week by a commission tasked with mapping out transit possibilities along Interstate 94, Woodbury would see transit stations for either bus-rapid transit or light rail.

According to the Gateway Corridor Commission, those stations would be located at Radio Drive and Hudson Road and at Woodbury Drive and Hudson Road.

Another station on Manning Avenue also is proposed; the commission said that stop could be located on either the Woodbury or Lake Elmo side of I-94.

New park-and-ride stations also would be developed near Woodbury Drive and Hudson Road, according to the commission.

A second location on Manning Avenue - also to be sited either north or south of the interstate - would also call for new park-and-ride development.

Local residents got an up-close look at the revised options Tuesday at Woodbury City Hall. Another open house event for transit options will be 5 p.m. Thursday at Metropolitan State University's Dayton's Bluff Library.

Members of the Gateway Corridor Commission are studying which of several transit options would best serve commuters heading into the next 30 years, when congestion on the interstate corridor is projected to swell.

Options include bus rapid-transit, light rail, commuter rail and managed lanes for bus rapid-transit.

Commissioners are expected to settle on a choice - which could involve no changes to the current system - in March 2012.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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