According to this article in the Star Tribune, Hastings hopes to create a link between Cottage Grove’s Metro Transit route to Hastings in order to bring mass transit to Hastings.
From the article:
Hastings has accepted a state grant to pave a parking lot near downtown with hopes the 100-spot lot will become a stop for a pilot bus service into the Twin Cities.
If plans work out, public transit would, for the first time, connect the city to St. Paul and Minneapolis by year’s end, officials said.
Transit in any form is awesome and every resident should have viable access to it. Unfortunately it would appear that in this instance Hastings, the County, and the State do not appear to be doing nearly enough to ensure that the transit link is really useful for all those who have to visit the city. Some may remember that there is no eco-friendly/economical way to get to the Dakota County Courthouse in Hastings and Dakota County residents are charged a Wheelage Tax in order to promote more transportation funding. However, none of the planned dollars are coming from the Wheelage Tax and instead are coming from state grants.
What do you think about Hastings’ plans for mass transit via a downtown park and ride? Do you think it would be wise for there to be an additional stop at the courthouse so that those trying to get to the county’s legal seat would be able to do so without having to rely on owning a car or taking a very expensive cab ride? How about the fact that this is being funded entirely by the state instead of the County’s Wheelage Tax, something which was enacted to fund transportation upgrades? Perhaps you’d like to reopen the debate on whether or not it makes sense to have the majority of county court cases occurring in Hastings? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say?