- Ground Broken Ceremony
- Wednesday, August 28th, 9:30 am
- 5th and Cedar Street triangle, across from the Pioneer Press Building
Jim Ivey, E-Democracy.org
August 26, 2013 | You are welcome to join Mayor Chris Coleman, Councilmember Dave Thune, Ramsey County Commissioner Rafael Ortega, Metropolitan Council Member Jon Commers and the downtown community for a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new "vertical connection" between the Downtown Central LRT Station platform and the skyway.
After four years pushing for the connection, downtown St. Paul resident Rick Cardenas is also looking forward to seeing it built.
Cardenas, who uses a wheelchair, will use the elevator to board the LRT and get to his job as the co-director of Advocating Change Together, at 1821 W. University Ave. near another LRT stop at Fairview Avenue. Cardenas now boards a bus or uses his handicapped-accessible van to get to work.
Cardenas said, "Now Ill just buzz over the skyway, down the elevator, hop on the train and get to work."
The Metropolitan Council plans to build a vertical connection at Fifth and Cedar streets in downtown St. Paul, adjacent to a station on the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line. The project was initially left out because of cost concerns but will be paid for with contingency and federal funds.
Vertical connection to improve access in downtown
The long-sought vertical connection between a downtown St. Paul station on the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line and the skyway will be built after all and its orientation could help set the stage for additional development on adjacent property.