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On December 7, 2018, the Minneapolis City Council directed staff to submit a final draft of Minneapolis 2040 to the Metropolitan Council for their review. This final draft is available in PDF form while staff works to update the interactive website to reflect all of the changes adopted by the City Council.

POLICY 25

Innovations in Transportation and Infrastructure: Support the development and deployment of new transportation technologies that positions Minneapolis to benefit from these advancements.

New technologies could potentially minimize vehicle use within the city through innovations in transit, shared mobility options, and drone delivery. Minneapolis will still need to maintain the balance between all modes traveling on its streets. As technology progresses into the realm of autonomous cars and freight, the City will need to anticipate and adapt to future needs and shifts in modal use.

ACTION STEPS

The City will seek to accomplish the following action steps to support the development and deployment of new transportation technologies that positions Minneapolis to benefit from these advancements.

  1. Proactively regulate automated vehicles in Minneapolis while ensuring equitable access.
  2. Advocate for state legislation that allows new transportation and infrastructure technology to be tested and deployed on public streets.
  3. Proactively plan for impacts of automated and connected vehicles.
  4. Encourage and support electric vehicles by prioritizing associated public and private infrastructure including in the right of way, and ensure that electric vehicle charging infrastructure incentivizes the use of renewable generated electricity.
  5. Develop and evolve parking policy for first a partially automated future a fully automated future.
  6. Proactively prepare for drones as a freight component, as an inspection vehicle, or for other means of advancing mobility in the city.
  7. Work with purveyors of new transportation and infrastructure technology to ensure timely, equitable, and climate sensitive deployment.
  8. Promote Minneapolis as a place to develop and test new transportation and infrastructure technology by partnering with entrepreneurs in the industry to incorporate new technologies in manners of city goals for transportation.
  9. Study, encourage, and implement new and creative parking strategies to accommodate increased residential density.
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