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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 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 are anticipated to 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 such as the potential need to regulate proximate parking, design narrower travel lanes, design infrastructure with connected capabilities, or make other adjustments to infrastructure design practices and standards.
  4. Encourage and support electric vehicles by prioritizing associated public and private infrastructure.
  5. Develop and evolve policy that addresses the implications of parking, or lack thereof, in for a fully automated future, such as the potential for roving empty vehicles.
  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 and equitable 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.
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