The Riverview Corridor is a vital lifeline in the Twin Cities.
Each day, it is used by tens of thousands of vehicles and public transit riders to get to and from the Minneapolis suburbs and St. Paul's Union Depot, on a route that runs along the Mississippi River to Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport and the Mall of America.
But transit authorities say it could be better – and that it needs to change to handle a growing metro-area population.
Starting on June 30, the Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority will hold three community meetings where residents can get the latest on the agency's study into improving the corridor, and share their feedback.
The main problems facing the heavily used route are traffic jams, and a limited amount of space due to the Mississippi and surrounding geographical features like bluffs and ravines.
The study indicates that Interstate-35W carries up to 80,000 cars on a daily basis, while demand for public transit ridership in the corridor is expected to double in the next five years.
This may be due largely to a projected housing development boom, with substantial population growth expected in the area over the next 20 years, according to the study.
Among the many suggested fixes likely to be discussed at the community meetings are adding Light Rail train lines, enhanced bus service and incentives to attract more public transit riders.
The Riverview Corridor runs from the Union Depot through the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, eventually connecting to the Mall of America in Bloomington.
The study is due to be completed later this year.
You can learn more about the corridor and Ramsey County's improvement plans by clicking here.