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Connecting The Collar
Transit corridors typically develop from the core outward, connecting high density urban centers and surrounding employment, housing, education and commercial areas. That’s the history in the Twin Cities. Downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, the MSP airport, Mall of America, University of Minnesota and many other regional destinations are now connected by light rail with plans for extension to the southwest and northwest advancing. But collar communities to the north, east and south of the Twin Cities core are not standing idly by. They recognize the necessity for efficient suburban connections to the region’s urban centers and to adjacent suburban communities and the importance of all day, bi-directional service to access to jobs throughout the region. Their leaders are actively working to shape better connections.
Join a discussion with local policy makers about the challenges and opportunities encountered as the state and region seek to balance their transportation infrastructure and connect all of the region’s corners. Offer suggestions based on your experiences with similar land use, development, finance and political challenges.
Moderator: Will Schroeer, Executive Director, East Metro Strong, St. Paul, Minnesota
Lisa Weik, Commissioner, Washington County, Minnesota
Matt Look, Commissioner, Anoka County, Minnesota
Nancy Schouweiler, Commissioner, Dakota County, Minnesota