Projects & Corridors
From our inception, Transit for Livable Communities has focused on the ways that transit, bicycling, and walking projects are implemented—how they become part of the built environment we all share. We work to advance transit corridors, expand bus service, and advocate for bicycling and walking projects across the metro.
Transit for Livable Communities has a long history of successfully advocating for an expansion of the transit options in the Twin Cities region. Early on, TLC and its action network met with legislators and generated strong community support for Minnesota’s first light rail line, now known as the Blue Line. Today, our system of enhanced bus and rail transitways continues to grow, and TLC is dedicated to engaging community members and decision makers to ensure good projects move forward.
Orange Line at Risk
Orange Line bus rapid transit is an essential piece of the Twin Cities regional transit system. Funding for this project is currently in jeopardy—putting the entire line at risk.
The Orange Line would greatly expand and update service in the most heavily traveled commuter corridor in the metro. It would improve bus access to 194,000 jobs and to other key destinations. The new route would offer fast, frequent service—all-day, seven days a week—to riders along I-35W South between downtown Minneapolis and Burnsville.
Plans include a new, and desperately needed, Lake Street Station, and better bicycling and walking connections to local streets and the Midtown Greenway. Within a ten minute walk of the planned Lake Street Station, 46 percent of the population is transit dependent and 73 percent are people of color.
Take action now to support the Orange Line:
• Send a quick but powerful email to decision-makers in your county: Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington, Anoka
• Volunteer at the Orange Line phone bank on August 10
• Make noise on social media: tell @mnrides to #SaveOrangeLine
• Pack the room with orange at the Counties Transit Improvement Board meeting August 17
• For questions or other opportunities to get involved, contact organizer Andrea Kiepe at 651-789-1406 or email@example.com
L: Existing bus station at Lake Street and I-35W South is badly deteriorated, feels unsafe, and is not accessible for people with disabilities. R: Planned improvements at the same location. Credit: Metro Transit.
Community Engagement in the Riverview Corridor
A study is underway to determine the best option for possible transit improvements in the Riverview Corridor between downtown Saint Paul, MSP airport, and the Mall of America.Existing bus routes are already heavily used. The population of the Riverview Corridor will only continue to grow over the next thirty years. To meet this demand, multiple routes and types of enhanced bus or rail transit service are being considered.
Transit for Livable Communities is connecting with local residents, community organizations, and business owners along West 7th Street and Highland, encouraging them to get involved and speak out about what they want to see as the planning process moves forward.
• Support TLC’s community engagement in the Riverview Corridor.
• Read more about this project on our blog.
• Contact our organizer, Andrea Kiepe, for more ways to get involved.
• A Line Arterial Rapid Bus
• C Line Arterial Rapid Bus
• Metro Transit Service Improvement Plan
Bike Walk Twin Cities
From 2006-2014, Transit for Livable Communities administered the Minneapolis-area location of the federal Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program, bringing more than 100 miles of bicycle routes and safe sidewalks to the Twin Cities, along with start-up funding for innovative new programs (e.g., Nice Ride Minnesota bike sharing, Cycles for Change Community Partners Bike Library, University of Minnesota Bike Center, SPOKES bike/walk center in the Seward Neighborhood), and a commitment to reaching underserved communities.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects
• Franklin Avenue Corridor, Minneapolis
• Hennepin Avenue Bicycle Plan
• Ramsey County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
• Saint Paul Bicycle Plan
• MnDOT Bicycle Plan