February 1st, 2014
Naming rights deal whispers begin, years ahead of schedule
By LIBOR JANY
Members of the Gateway Corridor Commission have said they will seriously consider selling the naming rights to future stations on the transit corridor that will eventually connect St. Paul to western Wisconsin.
While acknowledging that “it’s probably a little early to be thinking about that,” commission chair Lisa Weik said she would be open to establishing public-private partnerships to help pay for the long-awaited Gateway Corridor project, which is expected to be finished in 2022.
“I think we should encourage public-private partnerships, in as many areas as we can, not just transit projects,” Weik said. “I think that’s a good thing, as a local elected official. We don’t move forward with these projects, unless we have the support of the local business community.”