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POLICY 22

Downtown Transportation: Advance transportation initiatives and improvements in Downtown Minneapolis that support the City’s complete streets policy, promote safety, improve the connectivity and efficiency of all users, and encourage an ongoing dense, diverse and vibrant mix of uses.

Bicyclist in Mill City district
LRT at station on Nicollet
Buses on Nicollet Mall

Downtown Minneapolis serves as the economic, cultural, and transportation hub of the region and requires ongoing coordinated improvements to its streets, sidewalks, transit facilities, and bikeways. As the city grows, thoughtful multimodal transportation planning will ensure that travel to and throughout Downtown is efficient, understandable, reliable, and safe.

ACTION STEPS

The City will seek to accomplish the following action steps to advance transportation initiatives and improvements in Downtown Minneapolis that support the City’s complete streets policy, promote safety, improve the connectivity and efficiency of all users, and encourage an ongoing dense, diverse and vibrant mix of uses.

  1. Encourage walking, bicycling, and transit use Downtown, including promoting incentives to make transit more convenient for users traveling through and within Downtown as well as improved pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and amenities.
  2. Manage the supply and design of parking downtown in a manner consistent with objectives for walking, bicycling, and transit users.
  3. Improve the pedestrian environment Downtown by investing in the public realm and requiring active uses on the ground floor of buildings.
  4. Seek out and seize opportunities to connect vertically into the skyway system from the public realm through wayfinding and vertical circulation.
  5. Ensure that downtown streets are urban in nature, and that streets serving freeway connections reflect the multimodal networks that exist downtown.
  6. Support the education and implementation activities of the Downtown Transportation Management Organization (TMO).
  7. Develop strong curbside management policies to take full advantage of a dynamic urban environment, including addressing the unique freight and delivery needs downtown.
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