Rally to save Orange Line’s Lake Street station

A community rally involving residents, businesses and elected leaders will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15, to save the METRO Orange Line’s Lake Street Station along Interstate 35W. Join State Sen. Scott Dibble; State Rep. Frank Hornstein; Minneapolis City Council Members Elizabeth Glidden, Alondra Cano, Abdi Warsame and Lisa Bender; community leaders; and representatives from large employers and small businesses as they speak to the urgency for saving the Orange Line as a core piece of equity funding for our communities.

Rally to save Orange Line’s Lake Street Station
11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15
Northeast corner of Lake Street and Stevens Avenue
(By steps that lead up to the old bus stop along southbound I-35W)

The planned METRO Orange Line will connect Burnsville to downtown Minneapolis with a high-speed, frequent bus rapid transit line on the busy I-35W corridor. A critical part of that line is at Lake Street, where an unsightly bus stop with poor accessibility would be replaced with a two-level transit station in the median of the freeway, with connections to and from Lake Street, the Midtown Greenway, Nicollet Avenue and I-35W.

Approximately $66 million in federal funds have been identified for this project, and the Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB) has committed $45 million. However, federal funding for the Lake Street station and the entire Orange Line would be in jeopardy if CTIB fails to approve its funding by Sept. 2.

 

Published Aug 12, 2016