Forum to consider East Metro’s transportation issues

Abby Tomasek wore a cardboard light-rail costume to the ribbon cutting. She and other activists used the event as an opportunity to sign transit-users up for MoveMN, an advocacy group pushing broad investments in the state's transportation infrastructure.

MoveMN, an advocacy group pushing broad investments in the state’s transportation infrastructure, engaged riders on the opening day of Green Line light-rail service. The group’s field director, Bethany Winkels, will participate in a forum on East Metro transportation issues Dec. 7.

What can East Metro residents do to increase their access to effective transportation, and what should lawmakers do about the issue when the Legislature convenes in next year? That’s the topic of a free, public program in Oakdale next month.

  • What: “Getting There from Here: Transportation Challenges in the East Metro
  • When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9
  • Where: Guardian Angels Church, Peter O’Neill Hall, 8260 4th St. N., Oakdale (off I-94 and Radio Drive)

Dr. David Schultz, professor of political science at Hamline University, will moderate a panel discussion with Jan Lucke, Washington County’s transportation planning manager; Harry Melander, president of the Minnesota Building & Construction Trades Council and Metropolitan Council member; and Bethany Winkels, field director of Move MN, a transportation advocacy group.

The program also will include time for the audience to ask panelists questions, offer ideas and take action to ensure legislative progress in 2015.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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