There are many benefits of light rail. When the Central Corridor light rail line is up and running in June 2014, it will provide improved access to jobs, educational facilities, medical services, groceries, restaurants and entertainment for people all along the line from downtown Saint Paul to downtown Minneapolis. It is essential that all community members benefit equitably from the new transit service.
What's the Issue?
Transit equity. Early plans called for stations a mile apart in the low income, ethnically diverse neighborhoods at the eastern end of University Avenue, as compared to ½-mile spacing along the rest of the line. The DCC joined with other community organizations and government officials to form the Stops 4 Us Coalition which worked tirelessly to advocate for three “missing stations” to be built. Finally, in January 2010, US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood changed one of the federal guidelines for federal funding, allowing for the addition of stations at Hamline Avenue, Victoria Street and Western Avenue. For more information about the community victory to gain the three missing stations, visit the Stops 4 Us page.
What's happening with Transit Equity in the Central Corridor?
Transit, More than a Ride - The Central Corridor Transit Service Study and the Trusted Advocate Project
During 2012, Metro Transit conducted a transit service study which focused on integrating bus transit and light rail transit (LRT) along the Central Corridor. As a part of this work, Metro Transit sough public involvement to better inform the planning process before it even began. Ultimately, public involvement helped determine the network of transit in the Central Corridor Area.
The DCC partnered with Metro Transit to support and enrich community engagement in the transit study process. DCC implemented a Trusted Advocate pilot project which contracted with proven community organizers, advocates and leaders of different communities.