Open houses seek input on modern streetcar and enhanced bus options for Nicollet-Central corridor

Streetcars or enhanced bus service could be coming to Minneapolis. The City is considering one of these two transit options for the Nicollet-Central corridor, which is one of the busiest transit corridors in Minneapolis.

Three open house meetings are scheduled to give the public an opportunity to learn about the detailed evaluation of modern streetcar and enhanced bus options for the Nicollet-Central Corridor, and to share their ideas on a preferred alternative. The open houses will provide a summary of the results of the detailed evaluation of alternatives and the next steps in the project development process.

The corridor extends from the south along Nicollet Avenue at the 46th Street/Interstate 35W Transit Station, through downtown Minneapolis along Nicollet Mall, over the Mississippi River (either Hennepin Avenue bridge or Central/3rd Avenue bridge), and north along Central Avenue NE to the Columbia Heights Transit Center at 41st Avenue NE. The Nicollet-Central Transit Alternatives Study began last fall and will be completed in the fall of 2013. The outcome of the study will identify a preferred transit alternative that could serve as the first phase of a longer-range vision for transit service in the corridor.

Open houses are being held:

Starting Monday, Aug. 5, there will be a 30-day comment period for individuals to submit written comments on the evaluation of alternatives and to participate in an on-line survey about the transit alternatives under consideration. The survey is available on the project website at and will be available at the open houses. Comments may be submitted on the project website, by sending an email to [email protected], by filling out a comment form at the open houses, or by sending written comments to:

Charleen Zimmer
Zan Associates
105 5th Avenue S – Suite 490
Minneapolis, MN 55401

All written comments received will be summarized and included in project documentation for consideration by the City Council in making a decision on a locally preferred alternative.

The City of Minneapolis invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event within our city. There will be Somali and Spanish interpreters at the open houses. The open houses are wheelchair accessible. Should you require an accommodation for you to fully participate or interpreter services for language(s) other than Somali or Spanish, please contact Charleen Zimmer at 612-251-1920 or [email protected] at least 48 hours in advance.

To review the detailed evaluation report and for more information, visit the project website at

Published Aug 5, 2013



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