Hennepin County’s new southwest LRT corridor connects the City of Minneapolis to the neighbouring cities of St Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie. The introduction of LRT to the Southwest corridor is an important step towards providing enhanced mobility for the people who live, work, study and play along the line. While over the longer term the investment in rapid transit will help to support the creation of more transit supportive places, it will be important to ensure that amenities are put in place for opening day to make it easier for people to walk, cycle, take transit or drive to the LRT.
Urban Strategies, in partnership with HKGi and IBI, developed a series of transitional station area plans for the 17 stations along the corridor. The plans identify immediate, near term and long term strategies to make the most of the transit investment, enhancing access to the stations on opening day and establishing a framework for new transit-oriented development over the long-term.