North Minneapolis Transit

In 2009 extending thru 2010 there is a proposal to build a Light Rail Transit (LRT)
line thru / around North Minneapolis -- the Bottineau Line. There have been a number
of "open house" presentations but this is a big proposal that may not be built until
2018 (if it gets built at all).  So it takes time for people to learn about it.

This page is divided into 4 related sections :


1) Information about the Bottineau LRT proposal


Northside Transportation Network, a group of folks dedicated to studying the
LRT proposal as it relates to North Minneapolis.
2) NTN section here    New NTN web site: Northside Transportation Network


3) Information about transit and related issues


4) Civil Rights/Environmental Justice aspects of transit




Official Bottineau Transit site which also has some meeting dates.



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 Information about the Bottineau LRT proposal. 

Introduction:
The Bottineau Line will hopefully be the fourth line in a Twin Cities system of transitways by 2030 (map)
This map is from 2030 Transportation Policy Plan.

Many of these lines radiate out from downtown Minneapolis.
The lines expected to be built before the Bottineau Line are:
o Hiawatha line to airport and Megamall opened in 2004
o Central Corridor to St Paul via University Av with passenger service to begin in 2014.
o South West route as of 2009 projected to open in 2017.



The Official Bottineau Transit site has many documents, maps, aerial photos tho they are a bit hard to find.
Two particular groups of documents:
Details about Bottineau LRT proposal from fall 2009 open houses
Detailed (huge files) current plans for remaining alternatives (June 2010)
Even more detailed info in the Final Study Documents Archive Includes the
03/15/2010 Final AA (Alternatives Analysis) Study Report

Fred's Bottineau Route alternatives Google map (zoomable)


Metropolitan Council Regional Transportation
Extensive Bottineau Boulevard Transitway page at Wikipedia
LRT article on North Minneapolis Wiki



Other sections of this web page:
2) Northside Transportation Network, a group of folks dedicated to studying the
LRT proposal as it relates to North Minneapolis.
3) Information about transit and related issues
4) Civil Rights/Environmental Justice aspects of transit


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Northside Transportation Network   Get directly to this section with the shorter URL:   www.justcomm.org/ntn

New NTN web site: Northside Transportation Network

o Community Meeting #2: NEW Date in Nov 17 6:30pm at UROC ( formerly announced date: Oct 21, and Nov 18,2010 )



Mission: We as community members make a commitment to attending meetings on an ongoing basis to
identify neighborhood issues, concerns, and solutions for the future development of the
Bottineau Transitway. We will take the information we have learned back to the broader
community. This working group is committed to an authentic, transparent, accountable community
process with the ultimate goal of leveraging community benefits for north Minneapolis.

Meeting agendas and notes (in various file formats)
                                                Meeting notes  Apr 15 2010 (.doc)
                                                Meeting notes  May 20 2010
Meeting agenda June 17, 2010                    Meeting notes  June 2010 (.pdf)
Meeting agenda July 15, 2010 (.doc)             Meeting notes  July 15, 2010
Meeting agenda July 29, 2010                    Meeting notes  July 29, 2010
Meeting agenda August 24, 2010                  Meeting notes  August 24, 2010
Meeting agenda September 9, 2010
Community Mtg Sep 23, 2010 Agenda Flyer About   Meeting notes  Sept 23, 2010  Presentation  North News coverage of mtg
Route Alternatives Presentation Thur Oct 7, 2010 6:30pm at Urban League
Hiawatha LRT Tour Sat Oct 9, 2010
Oct 21 Mtg ( Agenda: plan community Mtg )
Community Meeting Nov 17  Flyer

Supporting documents
   See also other sections of this web page:
   1) Information about the Bottineau LRT proposal includes NEW link to 03/15/2010 Final Alternatives Analysis Study Report
   3) Information about transit and related issues
   4) Civil Rights/Environmental Justice aspects of transit

Issues to be prioritized June 17, 2010
Press Release d1-d2 (.pdf 1.5 Mbytes)
May 2010 meeting poster (.pdf 1.6 Mbytes)
Bottineau Presentation for April 15th 2010 (1.6 Mbyte .ppt)
Street transects for Penn and Oliver  The difference between the D2 alignments is a little difficult
to see just looking at the maps. This document shows what the D2 alignments would look like at street
level from Joe Gladke at Hennepin County.
Response to Hennepin County Requests August 2010
Proposal D2W - everything on Penn by taking 6' additional right of way on each side
Organizer Roundtable: Lessons learned from Central Corridor September 30, 2010
$5 million grant awarded to plan land use along transit lines
Bottineau Alignment Options 8 Megbyte powerpoint for 11/17 meeting (Note: other presentations from mtg will be posted as I get them.)

Organizations supporting the NTN effort:
Alliance for Metropolitan Stability
ISAIAH
MICAH, Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing
MN Center for Environmental Advocacy
Northside Residents Redevelopment Council
Transit for Livable Communities
West Broadway Business Area Coalition




Other sections of this web page:
1) Information about the Bottineau LRT proposal
3) Information about transit and related issues
4) Civil Rights/Environmental Justice aspects of transit

This page is maintained by Fred H Olson ( fholson at cohousing.org )  Please report problems.














































 Information about transit and related issues. 

Local:
Transit funding -
Counties Transit Improvement Board
This five county joint power board (Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey,
Washington) awards millions of dollars of necessary local funding from
a 1/4 cent sales tax for transit projects. This website also has a
complete list of the transit projects that are currently built or in
the planning phase.

Transit Development
Hennepin County Regional Rail Authority
(HCRRA) was established as a separate political entity to plan, design and
implement light rail transit in Hennepin County. The Board of
Commissioners for the Authority consists of the seven members of the
Hennepin County Board of Commissioners.

Transit Planning
City of Minneapolis Streetcar Plan
In March 2010, the City Council approved the long-term streetcar
network identified in the Minneapolis Streetcar Feasibility Study Final
Report. This report recommends a long-term streetcar network made of
seven of the most heavily used Primary Transit Network corridors that
could be implemented in 20-50 years, depending on funding availability.

Policy
Transit for Livable Communities is
a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to reform Minnesota's
transportation system. Through advocacy, community organizing, and
research, we promote a balanced transportation system that encourages
transit, walking, bicycling, and thoughtful development.

Community Engagement -
The District Councils Collaborative of Saint Paul & Minneapolis
is made up of ten St. Paul District Councils and five Minneapolis
Neighborhood Associations have joined together in a collaborative
association designed to facilitate neighborhood participation in
shaping the direction of future Central Corridor light rail
development. They are the lead organization in creating a series of
community agreements around the development of the Central Corridor
working through a community based coordinating committee.

Cultural Corridor - Native American Community Development Institute -
American Indian Cultural and Economic Corridor
This is a transit oriented development plan next to the Franklin
Avenue Station on the Hiawatha LRT.

Funding for development -
The Central Corridor Funders Collaborative
is a group of local and national funders working with
others to unlock the transformative potential of the new light rail
transit line along the Central Corridor between Saint Paul and
Minneapolis. One of their projects is the Business Resources
Collaborative (BRC) which is a partnership of business coalitions,
nonprofit community developers and local governments that bridges
various community-led planning efforts addressing business and economic
development in the Central Corridor.

St Paul World Cultural Heritage District proposal along Central Av

Energy
The Energy Innovation Corridor
was formed to create a sustainable energy and transportation
showcase along the Central Corridor. The Energy Innovation Corridor will
advance critical local, state, regional and federal efforts to invest in
alternative and renewable energy, address global climate change and
create new jobs.

The Center for Transit Oriented Development  (TOD)
is a joint venture with Reconnecting America, the nonprofit Center for
Neighborhood Technology, an urban policy and GIS center based in
Chicago; and Strategic Economics, an urban economics firm in Berkeley.
Here in the Twin Cities, CTOD convenes the McKnight Foundation Transit
Oriented Development Advisory Committee - a group that includes
transit planners from the cities and counties developing transitways,
foundations, and regional/national non-profits that advocate for
transitway development.

National:

Mapping Susceptibility to Gentrification: the Early Warning Toolkit from
the Center for Community Innovation at UC Berkley


HUD-DOT-EPA Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities
On June 16, 2009, EPA joined with the U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD) and the U. S. Department of Transportation
(DOT) to help improve access to affordable housing, more
transportation options, and lower transportation costs while
protecting the environment in communities nationwide. Through a set of
guiding livability principles and a partnership agreement that will
guide the agencies' efforts, this partnership will coordinate federal
housing, transportation, and other infrastructure investments to
protect the environment, promote equitable development, and help to
address the challenges of climate change.



Other sections of this web page:
1) Information about the Bottineau LRT proposal
2) Northside Transportation Network, a group of folks dedicated to studying the
LRT proposal as it relates to North Minneapolis.
4) Civil Rights/Environmental Justice aspects of transit

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 Civil Rights/Environmental Justice aspects of transit 



On Thursday, July 8th five people from the Northside Transportation
Network gathered in north Minneapolis to view web seminar from the
Transportation Equity Network
on the use of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to fight the injustices
in transportation funding and policy.

Here's the announcement of the seminar:

Please join us for an interactive discussion on Thursday, July 8 at 2pm EST.
How can the Civil Rights Act help my community?

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act forbids discrimination on the basis
of race, color, or national origin in connection with federally
financed programs and activities. In recent months, TEN members and
allies have filed Title VI complaints that have brought federal action
to prevent serious civil rights violations. On July 8, you will learn
how you can stand up to discrimination in by filing a Title VI
complaint.

We found the Civil Rights Act Web Seminar: Tools for Equity
to be a very useful seminar and had some good discussion.

Use the link above to access the various presentation Powerpoint illustrations.

If you have any problems opening these files Joan Vanhala
( joan at metrostability.org ) can send them to you as Adobe reader pdf.


Here are some other useful links ...

Civil Rights/Environmental Justice resources

US Department of Transportation - Federal Highway / Transit Administration Environmental Justice website
Environmental Justice in Transportation Toolkit
Public Transportation as a civil right - article on Transportation Equity Networks website

Central Corridor Light Rail Transit local civil rights complaints:

Concerned Asian Business Owners (CABO)

Preserve and Benefit the Historic Rondo Community
MCEA Environmental Review 101 6-17-10 (.pdf 1.2 Mbytes)
memorandum and letter to Dwight Sinks FTA civil rights officer (.pdf)
EJ mitigation issues 6 09 (.doc)
PBHRC lawsuit

Opponents file civil rights complaint against Central Corridor on MPR June 2009
Black groups sue over Central Corridor light-rail linein Pioneer Press Jan 2010
Investigation of civil rights complaints over Central Corridor put on hold on MPR Feb 2010

National:

These two were featured as case studies in the seminar:
Los Angeles CA: Bus Riders Union 1996
Oakland CA: Oakland Airport Connector 2010

Environmental Protection Agency

Environmental Justice and the Green Economy: A Vision Statement and Case Studies for Just and Sustainable Solutions
in English and Spanish at WE ACT for Environmental Justice Related blog entry
on Environmental Justice and the Green Economy blog


Other sections of this web page:
1) Information about the Bottineau LRT proposal
2) Northside Transportation Network, a group of folks dedicated to studying the
LRT proposal as it relates to North Minneapolis.
3) Information about transit and related issues

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 Pedestrians crossing LRT  Some notes from Fred Olson

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