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  • Red Rock adds 3 citizen advisers

    The Red Rock Corridor Commission recently added three members to its Citizens Advisory Committee, which is participating in transit station planning and development efforts for the proposed commuter rail line between St. Paul and Hastings. The new members are: Jeffrey Holtz (St. Paul), a teacher at a charter school in St. Paul. Holtz previously lived

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  • Two with local ties join Red Rock Corridor committee

    Two people with south Washington County ties have joined the Red Rock Corridor Commission Citizens Advisory Committee. Emily White, a 42-year Newport resident and Jeffrey Holtz, a St. Paul teacher who previously lived in Cottage Grove for 25 years are the committee’s newest members, according to a press release.Read mor

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  • It is time for train talk

    The Red Rock Corridor Commission is about to open its doors to public comment regarding proposed commuter rail stations in Hastings, Cottage Grove, Newport and St. Paul. Although construction on the line isn’t likely to begin before 2016, and service isn’t projected to begin before 2019, the commission is working to gather public input on

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  • Rail authority seeks grants for Red Rock, Rush Line corridors

    The Washington County Regional Railroad Authority – which is composed of the Washington County Board of Commissioners – agreed July 20 to submit two grant applications for planning the Red Rock and Rush Line transit corridors, both of which run through portions of Washington County. The proposed Red Rock Corridor rail route goes from Hastings

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  • A new, wider Wakota Bridge opens in early July

    When Lyle Jacoby joined the Wakota Bridge Coalition, he envisioned driving his restored 1929 Ford Model A over a new river crossing. That was 20 years ago. ‘We’re almost there,’ Jacoby, 76, of Inver Grove Heights said while standing on the bridge during a Minnesota Department of Transportation tour this month. The two-span bridge, which

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  • Kriesel meets with D.C. lawmakers to promote transportation programs

    Washington County Commissioner Gary Kriesel was among a delegation that traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Minnesota Transportation Alliance annual Congressional “fly-in” June 8-10. While in the nation’s Capitol, the group met with members of the Minnesota’ Congressional delegation to thank the members for their support for the construction of the Stillwater bridge

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  • Editorial: Cities will be hubs for future transit

    Ninety or so years ago, the Twin Cities were tucked happily into the golden age of train travel. St. Paul’s stately new Union Depot, finished in 1923, was handling more than 200 trains a day. A similar number were running through the Great Northern and Milwaukee stations in Minneapolis. In addition, remnants of a commuter

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  • Local residents named to Red Rock Corridor Advisory Committee

    The Red Rock Corridor Commission announced Wednesday the creation of its new Citizens Advisory Committee — a group made up of residents and business owners along the transit route that will represent the community as station areas for a future commuter rail line are planned, according to a press release.Read mor

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  • Transit station: New business hub?

    A Minneapolis-based urban planner extolled the virtues of development that can spring up around transit stations last week to Red Rock Corridor Commission members — and also warned of the challenges cities can face in making that development successful.Read mor

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  • Red Rock: 8 years out?

    A commuter rail line between downtown St. Paul and Hastings could be up and running by 2018 Washington County transportation planners said last week, the first time officials have affixed such an early date to the project. The assessment is “optimistic,” county planner Andy Gitzlaff conceded, and is dependent on a number of factors, including

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