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Thursday, May 16, 2013    

Minneapolis, St. Louis transportation officials schedule public meetings for possible transit, TOD projects


Metro Transit will host open houses May 21 and May 23 on the Midtown Corridor Alternatives Analysis for a proposed transitway along the Midtown Greenway or Lake Street in Minneapolis.

The analysis aims to determine the benefits, costs and impacts of creating the transitway, Metro Transit officials said in a press release.

At the open houses, project staff will review initial results of possible transit mode/alignment combinations with the goal of advancing top alternatives for more detailed study this summer, they said.

Meanwhile, St. Louis officials will host meetings next week to solicit public input on regional planning efforts focused on economic development around public transit.

A final meeting is scheduled May 21 as part of the regional Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) study led by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments. The Bi-State Development Agency/Metro-Transit-St. Louis is one of 11 agencies involved in the project, according to a post on Metro-Transit's blog.

Public opinions taken at the final open house-style meeting will help shape final recommendations for the Union Station and Civic Center MetroLink stations, the blog stated.

In addition to the regional TOD plan, a St. Louis City TOD study will soon be launched. Public meetings will be held on May 21 and May 23 to solicit input on TOD planning and economic growth around four MetroLink stations: Delmar, Forest Park-DeBaliviere, Stadium and Arch-Laclede's Landing.


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