The City of Red Wing is pleased to announce that the new Park & Ride facility located at the intersection of Highway 61 and Withers Harbor Drive is open and available for use. Residents of the Red Wing area are encouraged to use the new Park & Ride lot to park their vehicles so that they can share rides to work and for other purposes. Car-pooling is a great way to reduce commuter costs while also reducing air pollution and wear and tear on vehicles. Vehicles may be parked in the lot during the day for commutes and over-night for longer car sharing trips. Semi-trucks and trailer parking is prohibited in the new Park & Ride.
The Park & Ride parking lot is part of a larger project and partnership with Three Rivers Community Action, Inc. that also includes a new transit bus station building that is nearing completion and will be open in the near future. Three Rivers Community Action, Inc. operates the Hiawathaland Transit program. The entire project has been made possible by funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 along with funding and other services provided by Three Rivers Community Action, Inc. and the City of Red Wing.
One of the key goals established in the Red Wing City Council Strategic Plan for 2013 is a focus on implementing sustainability initiatives and environmental mandates. Transportation has been identified as the single largest source of air pollution in the United States and causes over half of the carbon monoxide, over a third of the nitrogen oxides, and almost a quarter of the hydrocarbons in the atmosphere (2006 data). According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Red Wing had nearly 1,300 residents commuting to work outside of Goodhue County with over 88 percent driving alone to their destination and less than 12 percent sharing a ride with one or more. One of the goals of the new Park & Ride lot is to make it easier for commuters to share rides and reduce the number of vehicle miles traveled.
To learn more, contact Brian C. Peterson AICP, Planning Director, City of Red Wing, City Hall, 315 West Fourth Street, Red Wing, MN 55066, Brian.Peterson@ci.red-wing.mn.us or 651/385-3617.