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Gateway Corridor project awarded $2 million in grant funding

A major transportation project that could involve high-speed transit options running through Woodbury received a monetary shot in the arm today.

The Counties Transit Improvement Board announced Wednesday that the Gateway Corridor project received $2.1 million in grant funding. The funding is slated to go toward development of an environmental impact statement.

Members of the Gateway Corridor Commission have been studying numerous transit options as they look to solve projected traffic congestion problems along Interstate 94 between the Twin Cities and Eau Claire, Wis. High-speed buses and rail are among the options being considered.

The group is expected to decide on an option in 2012.

Wednesday's funding award was part of $150 million in grants dispersed by the CTIB. The largest of the grants, about $98 million, was handed to the Central Corridor light-rail project.

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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