A viewpoint column written by Washington County Commissioner Autumn Lehrke regarding the Red Rock Corridor Alternative Analysis.
Tuesday, March 12
The Red Rock Corridor is a 30-mile transit way that connects the southeast suburbs to the Twin Cities along US Highway 61. In 2007, the Red Rock Corridor Commission completed an Alternatives Analysis that analyzed the potential transit way alternatives. At the end of that study, Commuter Rail was determined to be the long-term solution, with a short-term plan to increase ridership through express bus service. (Please note: Commuter Rail is not Light Rail. Commuter Rail only services first shift commuters, whereas Light Rail has all day service.) Several things have changed since the Alternatives Analysis was completed in 2007. First, there are several corridors that are up and running in the region that we can evaluate the performance. The…
Commissioners who argued that three board members don't need to go to a Portland, OR, conference were outvoted.
Two Washington County commissioners who questioned the timing of sending three commissioners to an out-of-state conference in July were outvoted Tuesday, following a heated discussion. Commissioners Lisa Weik and Gary Kriesel said only two board members should attend the National Association of Counties' Portland, OR, conference to cut costs and prevent having to cancel the July 19 board meeting due to lack of a quorum. With an impending state government shutdown and tight budgets, they argued it’s bad timing to cancel the meeting and spend money unnecessarily. “Just because we’ve budgeted something doesn’t mean we need to spend it,” said Weik, who represents most of Woodbury. Autumn Lehrke—who along with Dennis Hegberg and Bill Pulkrabek …