Tuesday, September 04, 2007

10 Transportation Plan and Streetcars?

The City of Minneapolis is hosting eight public meetings to discuss the City's draft Ten-Year Transportation Plan and its Streetcar Feasibility Study. The public will have an opportunity to provide feedback on plan recommendations and to discuss key transportation issues facing Minneapolis.

October 9
North Regional Library
1315 Lowry Ave. N.

October 10
Communication Workers of America
3521 E Lake St

October 11
Northeast Library
2200 Central Ave. NE

October 16
North Commons Recreation Center
1801 James Ave N

October 17
Lake Nokomis Recreation Center
2401 E Minnehaha Ave

October 23
Martin Luther King Recreation Center
4055 Nicollet Ave. S

October 24
Van Cleve Recreation Center
901 15th Ave. SE

October 25
Bryant Square Recreation Center
3101 Bryant Ave S

The purpose of Access Minneapolis, the city's Ten-Year Transportation Action Plan, is to identify steps that the City and its partner agencies (Metro Transit, Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County, Minnesota Department of Transportation) need to take within the next ten years to improve the city's current transportation system and ready it for continued growth. While the Access Minneapolis plan is based on a long-term (2030) view of transportation needs, it focuses on actions that should be undertaken throughout the city over the next ten years, recognizing that this timeframe is subject to the availability of funds.

The Streetcar Feasibility Study recommends a long-range streetcar system and identifies initial operating segments that might be good short "starter" segments. The Study evaluated fourteen Primary Transit Network corridors to determine if the operation of streetcar in some of those corridors would be physically, operationally and financially feasible. The study addressed capital and operating costs, impacts on transit service, development opportunities, physical constraints, ownership and operation alternatives, maintenance and storage facility locations and funding alternatives.

Upon request, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities or who are in need of a translator at the upcoming meetings. Please submit accommodation requests or requests for additional information to Charleen Zimmer, Project Manager, at 612-673-3166 or Charleen.Zimmer@ci.minneapolis.mn.us at least a week before the meeting.

For more information, visit: www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/public-works/trans-plan.

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