Towards a New Multi-Modal System of Transportation in the Twin Cities: Minneapolis & Saint Paul, MN

The following post comes courtesy of Global Site Plans' The Grid. CNU and Global Site Plans recently teamed up to syndicate Grid content, as its contingent of writers present a view on the opportunities and issues of urbanization all across the world. CNU will carry select posts from the Grid direct on the CNU Salons.


Multi-Modal System of Transportation in the Twin Cities

Envision a scenario consisting of a strong urban core with dispersing traffic; mixed-income housing; new construction; streets, and building scale meant to reinforce a village-like atmosphere. With the help of zoning and regulations; subdivision ordinances; and transportation services, more and more cities nowadays are seeking to recreate. The Twin Cities are doing just that by means of an important economic driving force: multi-modal transportation system.

Once home to the first urban transportation network: the streetcar, Minneapolis is embarking on various transportation projects. Currently, the Hiawatha Light Rail and Northstar Commuter Rail Lines serve as connecting routes between major tourist points, sports arenas, and northern suburbs. In addition to only serving a minor population, the Light Rail Transportation (LRT) system is expensive and costly to maintain, especially at a time of cut backs. LRT can diminish funding for other forms of transportation, while increasing bus fares for those who rely on public transportation the most: the low-income. To mitigate this, the Twin Cities are developing solutions through various on-going projects set to create pedestrian-friendly environments & increase ridership:

Multi-Modal System of Transportation in the Twin CitiesMulti-Modal System of Transportation in the Twin Cities

Transportation is an essential element in establishing sustainable communities and the creation of a dense urban core. Most importantly, it has to generate ridership by providing equitable services to various populations. Based on current projects and previous precedents, will these efforts generate and encourage dense and walkable environments or will some of these modes fail due to lack of ridership and demand?

Most importantly, who do you think would most benefit from these services and how will that affect the inner-city population and those who depend on public transit the most?

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