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Aug242018

Transportation Action Plan Update Underway

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The City of Minneapolis Public Works Department is updating its 10-year Transportation Action Plan to meet the transportation vision and policies outlined in Minneapolis 2040, the City’s draft Comprehensive Plan. Minneapolis 2040 provides the foundation and supporting policy from which the Transportation Action Plan will be developed.

Streets in Minneapolis serve a lot of people. The Transportation Action Plan will guide us in ensuring that City streets foster safe and efficient transportation options. Additionally, the Transportation Action Plan will help us select transportation projects and guide the design of projects on all streets in the city over the next 10 years. The plan will also help the City increase equity in the transportation system, address climate change challenges, and support our Complete Streets Policy and commitment to Vision Zero. Multiple components that are interrelated will be integrated into one Transportation Action Plan. The Plan components will include:

  • Advanced mobility
  • Pedestrian
  • Bicycle
  • Transit
  • Street operations
  • Freight
  • Street design

Good planning leads to successful outcomes. The Transportation Action Plan will update and build off Access Minneapolis, the City's existing transportation policy plan. We've accomplished much of what was outlined in Access over the last 10 years. 

A few highlights include:

  • Significant increases in the number of people walking and biking across the city
  • The downtown redesign of Marquette Ave and Second Avenue transit corridors with bus only lanes
  • Significant investment in the City’s bikeway network, resulting in substantial decreases in the bicycle crash rate and bicycle crashes with serious injuries.

Throughout the next year, the Public Works will conduct extensive community engagement to hear your ideas on how we should improve our transportation network. Information regarding future outreach events will be outlined on the Transportation Action Plan website. Public Works will seek City Council approval on the Transportation Action Plan in fall 2019.

We are in the early stages of developing the Transportation Action Plan, but there are many ways to be involved now:

Minneapolis 2040: What is next?

The public comment period closed on July 22. Staff are reviewing comments which will inform changes to a revised draft plan that will be released in late September. The revised draft will be taken under consideration by the City Planning Commission in late October and the full City Council in December. The approval process will include a formal public hearing at which anyone can submit written comment or speak in person. Specific dates and times will be announced later this summer.

To view public comments that have been received visit the Minneapolis 2040 website. Comments received by email and meetings will be posted at a later date. 

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