House Bill Would Support Bus Rapid Transit on Highway 55
If you travel along Highway 55 in the northwest metro, you know how busy it can be, especially during rush hour. A Plymouth lawmaker is trying to alleviate the highway headache. Rep. Ginny Klevorn, DFL-Plymouth, is sponsoring a bill to bring bus rapid transit to the area. She says it would help cut down on congestion and boost the economy.
The proposed rapid bus line would go from downtown Minneapolis through Plymouth to its border with Medina.
“Whether you’re talking about getting to Theodore Wirth Park, or you’re talking about getting to Plymouth Creek Center, people could have access to that with reasonable cost,” said Klevorn. “We’re looking to make sure we have all the data we need to maximize our dollars, to bring federal dollars back into Plymouth to help get this done.”
Details on Bus Rapid Transit Still Being Worked On
Supporters of bill HR 64 say rapid bus service would make it easier for employees to commute, and it would attract more business to the area.
Abby Glirbas commutes from Minneapolis to Golden Valley and is on board with the idea. “Not spending the gas money, going back and forth getting stuck in traffic myself, being on time for work would probably be easier.”
City council members in Golden Valley and Plymouth have also weighed in on the topic. Recently, Golden Valley City Council member Gillian Rosenquist spoke before a House committee on the need for BRT.
— Gillian Rosenquist (@gvgillian) February 25, 2021