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The revised draft of Minneapolis 2040 was released in Fall 2018 for consideration by the Planning Commission and City Council.  Read more about how to comment on the revised draft plan.

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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 Ensure travel to and throughout Downtown is efficient, understandable, reliable, and safe.

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 support the continued success of Downtown in meeting these needs of the city and region.

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 Ensure travel to and throughout Downtown is efficient, understandable, reliable, and safe.

  1. Encourage walking pedestrian activity, bicycling, and transit use Downtown, including promoting incentives to make transit more convenient for users traveling to, 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 pedestrian activity, 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 designing buildings to create a pedestrian friendly environment.
  4. Partner with property owners to 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 downtowncomplete streets policy.
  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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