Some routes could veer through St. Paul neighborhoods, study concludes.
Seven possible public transit proposals that name specific routes were unveiled Wednesday for Interstate 94 from the Twin Cities east to Wisconsin. They will be presented at open houses in late February and early March:
• From St. Paul-Minneapolis to Eau Claire, Wis.
• From Minneapolis to Hudson, Wis. The route would connect downtown Minneapolis with Union Depot in downtown St. Paul. Express buses would connect Hudson to Eau Claire.
• From Minneapolis to Hudson through St. Paul's East side. The route would veer north of I-94 into St. Paul neighborhoods.
• From St. Paul to Hudson on I-94. The route would start in downtown St. Paul and connect to I-94 from either Seventh Street or Warner Road. At the Union Depot, commuters would connect with Central Corridor light rail to continue to Minneapolis. Express buses would connect Hudson with Eau Claire.
•From St. Paul to Hudson through St. Paul's Eastside. The route would veer north of I-94 into St. Paul neighborhoods.
• From Minneapolis to Eau Claire. The route would start in Minneapolis and follow either the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway route north of I-94 through St. Paul's Midway or the Canadian Pacific Railway south of I-94 into downtown St. Paul. It then would continue along the Union Pacific Railroad route north of I-94 to Eau Claire through Maplewood, Oakdale and Lake Elmo.
The proposals were determined in the Gateway Corridor Commission's alternative analysis study. For more information, visit: www.thegatewaycorridor.com.