Thousands of people a day travel along the corridor that includes Central Avenue in Northeast and Nicollet Avenue in south Minneapolis. The City of Minneapolis in conjunction with the Metropolitan Council is looking at the possibility of expanding or enhancing the transit corridor along Central and Nicollet Avenues.
The project seeks to provide efficient transportation from the transit hub at 41st and Central avenues NE, through Northeast and downtown, down Nicollet and all the way to the transit hub at Interstate 35W and East 46th Street.
Establishing a "locally preferred alternative," using criteria the federal government established, is essential to attracting federal transit funds for the project, according to Minneapolis Public Works Project Manager Anna Flintoff. Flintoff will be updating the Waite Park Neighborhood at the Waite Park Community Council meeting on Wednesday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the Waite Park Community Center (1810 34th Avenue NE).
The Nicollet-Central Transit Alternatives Study, which started this summer and is expected to conclude next summer, is designed to "identify a preferred transit enhancement which could serve as a first phase of a longer-range vision for transit service throughout the 9.2-mile corridor," according to information from the Minneapolis Public Works Department, which is conducting the study. "The Project will determine the benefits, costs and impacts of implementing a variety of transit modes and service types, including streetcar and enhanced bus options, to identify a locally preferred alternative for inclusion in the Metropolitan Council's 2030 Transportation Policy Plan."
The City of Minneapolis is now conducting a study to identify a preferred transit enhancement for the corridor, which could include a streetcar line or enhanced bus options.
Central Avenue in the Waite Park Neighborhood offers a challenge to planners from 27th Avenue to 37th with that stretch being primarily residential. If you like along or near Central Avenue we hope that you join us on Wednesday to meet with Anna to discuss this project.
Waite Park Community Council Meeting
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m
Waite Park Community Center (1810 34th Avenue NE)