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The Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan
The City of Minneapolis Department of Public Works is developing its 10-year Transportation Action Plan. The purpose of the Transportation Action Plan is to identify specific actions to undertake within the next ten years to implement the transportation goals and policies articulated in Minneapolis 2040, the City’s draft Comprehensive Plan. Additionally, work on the Transportation Action Plan will be done in support of the City's Complete Streets Policy, Vision Zero Commitment, Climate Action Plan goals, and its commitment to equity.
The City is producing one Transportation Action Plan, with many components. Each of the plan components are interrelated and all will be integrated in the Transportation Action Plan. The plan components will include:
- Advanced mobility
- Street operations
- Street design
Relationship between Minneapolis 2040 and the Transportation Action Plan
We heard you! Minneapolis staff held thousands of conversations throughout the past two years while developing Minneapolis 2040, the City’s draft Comprehensive Plan. Minneapolis 2040 reflects what the City heard from the community, including over 50 meetings and thousands of conversations with residents, business owners, and others. Those comments, ideas, and vision for the future are articulated in the draft goals and policies. Minneapolis 2040 provides the foundation and starting point from which the Transportation Action Plan will be developed.
Draft Community Engagement Plan
Over the next year, the City plans to engage the people of Minneapolis in an equitable, effective, transparent, and creative way to develop the Transportation Action Plan. With input from various partners including staff from the City of Minneapolis Departments of Public Works, Neighborhood & Community Relations, Health, Communications, Hennepin County, Metro Transit, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the City has created a Draft Community Engagement Plan that outlines the process, engagement design, and techniques which will be implemented over the course of the next year, from summer 2018-summer 2019.
To provide feedback on the Draft Community Engagement Plan, please email comments by August 20, 2018 to Virginie Nadimi, [email protected].
Help us shape the plan!
As we begin developing the Transportation Action Plan, please get involved! There are many ways to get involved now:
1. Share your thoughts on the draft Community Engagement Plan
2. Sign up for email updates
3. Visit us at Open Streets and farmers markets this summer to share your transportation ideas
4. Use #gompls to spread the word and tell us how you want to get around in the City
Timeline of Plan development
Early work to prepare for the Transportation Action Plan began in late 2017 by assessing the City’s existing transportation action plan, Access Minneapolis. These Access assessments identified and guided areas of focus for the Transportation Action Plan. Development of the Transportation Action Plan began in early 2018 and is expected to last through summer 2019.
Structure of Plan development
The work to develop the Transportation Action Plan will be the effort of many people, internal and external to City of Minneapolis staff. The following committees will help drive the development of the plan.
- Steering Committee: a group of Minneapolis Public Works leadership staff who will guide the overall plan and approve of the direction and major decisions along the way toward final plan adoption.
- Interagency Technical Advisory Committee: a staff level group of internal Minneapolis departments, partner agencies, and industry representatives (freight, shared mobility, etc.) who will work through the technical details and overall approach across all plan components and provide recommendations to the Steering Committee.
- Work groups: Individual work groups comprised of internal city staff and external partners will be established for each plan component to guide the content and recommend action items for each component of the plan development
Please email [email protected]
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the Transportation Action Plan?
The Transportation Action Plan will help the City make sure that all people have safe and efficient options on how and where to travel. Overall, the Transportation Action Plan will identify projects, practices, and policy items for the City and its partner agencies (Metro Transit, Hennepin County, the Metropolitan Council, the Minnesota Department of Transportation) to implement on streets across the City in the next 10 years. The Transportation Action Plan will be completed as an interconnected plan that will address advanced mobility, pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, street operations, freight, and street design. Each major component has priority outcomes, as described below:
- Advanced Mobility: This component will develop decision-making strategies and actions to allow the City to use technology more quickly to advance its transportation and livability goals while prioritizing equity and safety.
- Pedestrian: This component will identify the most significant physical barriers to walking in the city to inform and prioritize improvements for people walking.
- Transit: This component will set the City’s vision and role in advancing transit frequency, speed, travel time, reliability, and ridership.
- Bicycle: This component will establish an all ages and abilities bikeway network, and ensuring that street designs enable bicycling to be a safe, comfortable, and convenient way to travel year-round.
- Freight: This component will develop an action plan for accommodating freight within the City’s multimodal transportation network.
- Street design: The street design guidelines will ensure that sidewalks, bikeways, roadways, and intersections are designed to foster safety, comply with the Complete Streets Policy, and meet the needs of a growing city.
- Street Operations: This component will identify areas of opportunity for improving system efficiency safety, comfort, and accessibility for all modes of travel.
2. How will the City use the Transportation Action Plan?
- The passage of a Complete Streets Policy, which establishes a framework for prioritizing the use of public rights-of-way for walking, biking or taking transit, and driving motor vehicles
- Significant increases in the number of people walking and biking across the City
- The redesign of Marquette Ave and Second Avenue transit corridors with bus only lanes downtown
- Significant investment in the City’s bikeway network
See the Access Minneapolis Plan Assessments for more information on major accomplishments.
3. How does the Transportation Action Plan relate to Minneapolis 2040?
4. What guiding principles and existing policies will shape the plan?
5. What is the overall timeline for the Transportation Action Plan?
6. What are the City's plans for community engagement?
- Round 1 (Spring – Fall 2018): Introduce project and gather community input
- Round 2 (Fall 2018 – Winter 2019): Gather input on draft plan components
- Round 3 (Spring – Summer 2019): Gather feedback on the draft Transportation Action Plan
7. Who will help shape the plan?
- Steering Committee: a group of Minneapolis Public Works leadership staff who will guide the plan and approve of the direction and major decisions along the way toward final plan adoption.
- Policy Advisory Committee: a group of Minneapolis policymakers who will provide policy guidance and direction on this planning effort.
- Interagency Technical Advisory Committee: a staff level group of internal Minneapolis departments, partner agencies, and industry representatives (freight, shared mobility, etc.) who will work on the technical details and overall approach across all plan components and provide recommendations to the Steering Committee.
- Work groups: Individual work groups comprised of internal city staff and external partners, include representation from advisory committees, will be established for each plan component to guide the content and recommend action items for each component of the plan development.
8. How can I get involved?
9. I have additional questions about the Transportation Action Plan.
Last updated Aug 22, 2018