On September 29th, over 40 TLC members gathered for a meeting focused on corridor development around the region. With the Central Corridor light rail transit (LRT) line moving forward and more than $90 million in new money available from the new ¼ cent sales tax for regional corridors, more transportation decisions are impacting our communities. This means more opportunities for TLC members to show up at public meetings, open houses, and have an impact on the outcomes of any given transit corridor.
Many were particularly interested in the Central Corridor light rail transit line, and gathered in groups to share ideas and concerns about how the LRT will affect (1) bicycling/walking, (2) development, and (3) transit access along University Avenue. A fourth group met to learn more about corridor development around the region. Five corridors are now in various stages of development, research and decision-making.
Once again, TLC members proved it is impossible to predict who cares about transit! The room was filled with people ranging widely in age (college students to retirees), experience (development professionals to daily transit users), geography (urban and suburban), and income.
So what’s next? TLC will be pulling together teams of volunteers to share ideas and work together to impact these corridors as they take shape around the region. Want in? Come aboard! Contact Michelle Dibblee, Organizer, at MichelleD [at] tlcminnesota.org or 651-767-0298.
For more information about the outcomes of the meeting, click here for a PDF copy of the notes.