Woodbury, Minn. (March 19, 2015) — Minnesota State Sen. Foung Hawj (DFL-67) recently joined the Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee and Washington County officials for a tour of the proposed Gold Line Bus Rapid Transit route (formerly known as the Gateway Corridor), which would connect the East Metro to the Twin Cities via the St. Paul Union Depot.
A public hearing at Woodbury Central Park followed the tour, affording area residents the opportunity to testify on transportation needs in the East Metro, including road and bridge improvements, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and transit needs.
As the Gold Line BRT tour passed through St. Paul’s East Side, Sen. Hawj stressed the importance of increasing transportation options for the community. Investing in transportation in communities with limited access to a viable transportation network would not only benefit a growing population; it would bring about a strong return on investment for area businesses and ultimately the entire Greater Twin Cities region.
“The East Metro is a growing community, and growing communities need investments for a strong future,” said Sen. Hawj. “By maintaining and expanding our transportation network, we improve our communities for residents and businesses alike. Furthermore, transportation investments mean Minnesotans can have confidence that the roads and bridges on which they travel are safer and more efficient.”
Sen. Hawj also introduced Senate File 1234 to rebuild the Kellog-Third Street Bridge. In addition, he authored S.F. 372, which would appropriate money to the East Metro Rail Authority and has been referred to the Committee on Capital Investment.
For more information, Senator Hawj’s office can be contacted at 651-296-5285.