But when I arrived, there was a packed auditorium-style classroom filled with the upper-middle class white Saint Paulites who are core transit buffs in a city known for transit buffs. They all had their notepads out and were riveted by the evening's lineup, all giving powerpoint presentations about the future of Saint Paul transportation planning.
Giving talks were:
- Larry Soderholm, St. Paul planning administrator
- Al Lovejoy, St. Paul something or other
- Mike Klassen, St. Paul Public Works
- Kan Haider, Ramsey County
- Cris Roy, MNDOT
- Steve Morris, Ramsey Rail Authority
- Adam Harrington, Metro Transit
- Rep. Alice Haussman, MN Legislature
- Chris Coleman, Mayor
I have extensive notes on the meeting, and I'm hoping to post parts of the talks for everyone to see in the future. But here are some of the proposed projects:
- Central Corridor LRT
- 35-E (b/w downtown StP and Roseville) Resurfacing and Reconstruction
- New Lafayette Bridge
- "Community "scoping"
- I-94 Resurfacing b/w downtown StP and Cedar Ave. in Mpls
- I-94 Noise Wall installations at Prior and Fairview (South side) and new the Snelling intersection
- the downtown Union Depot
- Planning for other LRT lines (W 7th, Robert St., somewhere to the North)
But, the only thing really clear was that a whole lot is riding on the University Avenue LRT.