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Gateway Corridor Transitway

Gateway Corridor Transitway

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Local Governments Requesting a 2014 Capital Appropriation
Local Governments Requesting a 2014 Capital Appropriation

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 Attachment A For Local Governments Requesting a 2014 Capital Appropriation I. Project Basics
1)
Name
 Washington County
Project title
: Gateway Corridor Transitway 2)
Project priority number 
: 1 3)
Project location
 : Washington County, Ramsey County, Cities of Saint Paul, Maplewood, Landfall, Oakdale, Lake Elmo and Woodbury 4)
Ownership and Operation
: Who will own the facility: _Metropolitan Council_________________________ Who will operate the facility: __Metro Transit_____________________ Names of any private entities that will occupy/use any portion of the building: 5)
Project contact person
 (name, phone number and email address): Andy Gitzlaff, 651-430-4338, andy.gitzlaff@co.washington.mn.us 
II. Project Description
 7)
Description and Rationale:
 Provide a brief project description and rationale (one page maximum). This request is for $5,000,000 in state bond funding for engineering, environmental analysis and preparation of an application to seek federal transit administration funds for the Gateway Corridor transitway located within the Cities of St Paul and Maplewood within Ramsey County and the Cities of Landfall, Oakdale, Lake Elmo, and Woodbury in Washington County. The Gateway Corridor transitway project would extend through these communities which are
 
projected to grow by 30% (adding 90,000 more people) and 30,000 jobs to the corridor by 2030. An Alternatives Analysis (AA) study was completed in 2012 that identified a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) dedicated transit line or Light Rail Transit (LRT) roughly parallel to Interstate 94 as the top transit option for the Gateway Corridor. Every day, more than 90,000 vehicles cross the St. Croix River Bridge. By the time a commuter reaches downtown St. Paul, the number of vehicles increases to 150,000. The Gateway Corridor will give residents and commuters new ways to reach their destination that does not involve sitting in traffic. This transit solution best meets the established public purpose of improving mobility, providing a cost-effective, economically viable solution that promotes economic development, protects the natural environment, and preserves community quality of life and overall safety. Highlights include new, consistent, all-day service within a fixed-guideway that will operate along with existing
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express service and will provide easier connections to key destinations within the corridor and throughout the region. The preparation of the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) began in June 2013. The DEIS will provide a more detailed evaluation of environmental impacts, ridership, capital and operating costs, econmic development opportunities resulting in the determination of the locally preferred alternative (LPA). 8)
Square Footage
: The project includes the construction of a Light Rail Transit (LRT) or Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) transitway within a fixed guideway along with station structures and other support facilties and infrastructure. The total square footage under public ownership will be determined during the engineering phase of the project
III. Project Financing
Do the project cost estimates below include inflation (see question 10 below)? X Yes No
Sources of Funds
Dollars in Thousands Prior Years For 2014 For 2016 For 2018
Total State GO Bonds Requested
$5000 $4000 $40400 $49400
Funds Already Committed
 State Funds City Funds County Funds (Ramsey and Washington Counties) $1375 $1375 Other Local Government Funds (CTIB) $2675 $2675 Federal Funds $450 $450 Non-Governmental Funds
Pending Contributions
 City Funds County Funds (Ramsey and Washington Counties) $5000 $4000 $40400 $49400 Other Local Government Funds (CTIB) $15000 $12000 $122000 $149000 Federal Funds $20000 $202000 $222000 Non-Governmental Funds l
TOTAL*
$4500 $25000 $40000 $404800 $474,300
Uses of Funds
Dollars in Thousands Prior Years For 2014 For 2016 For 2018
Total
 Alternatives Analysis / Environmental  Analysis Land Acquisition Predesign
(required for projects over $1.5 M)
 
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