County agency to host transportation summit

Anoka County Commute Solutions will host its annual county transportation summit Thursday, April 12.

The event will take place at the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, 13301 Hanson Blvd., Andover, with registration at 11:30 a.m and lunch and program from noon to 1 p.m.

The summit is targeted at business owners, human resources professionals, operations managers, environmental managers, wellness program managers, property managers or anyone interested in learning more about regional transportation programs and initiatives, according to Renee Sande, executive director of Anoka County Commute Solutions.

Guest speaker Kate Johansen from the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce will provide information and insights on how transportation and transportation policy impact businesses and their bottom line.

In addition, the summit will have information on:

• Regional employer programs – vanpool, carpool, guaranteed ride home.

• Regional events – Commuter Challenge and the Twin Cities Bike Walk Week.

• Updates on Northstar Commuter Rail and bus service in Anoka County.

• Scheduled road construction projects.

“Learn about free regional commuter programs that can save money, improve productivity and potentially improve the health of employees,” Sande said.

There is no charge to attend. RSVP by Monday, April 9 to have a boxed lunch provided.

For more information call 763-862-4260 or e-mail [email protected]

Anoka County Commute Solutions works cooperatively with community and regional partners to improve mobility, accessibility and air quality in the county by promoting programs and providing incentives to encourage commuters to take transit, car/vanpool, telework, bike and walk to work, according to its website.

Its mission is to achieve reductions in traffic congestion, improve mobility and air quality and educate employers and their employees about transportation options.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]