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Market Plaza Congestion Tips:

Traffic congestion on Market Plaza has become heavy and dangerous to drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists, especially at rush hours. It also impedes both fire and ambulance vehicles, which raises additional serious public safety issues.

The joint CIDNA – West Calhoun Safety Committee has documented that a great deal of this congestion is caused by overuse of the Market Plaza access to the Commons; below are some tips to better navigate this popular neighborhood destination.

Southwest Light Rail Transit Issues and Actions (continued from home page)

Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis conducted a station area strategic planning process for the Royalston, Van White, Penn,  21st Street, and West Lake Street stations along the Minneapolis portion of the proposed Southwest LRT line. The Minneapolis Station Area Strategic Planning Document is now available for review and comment.  Minneapolis Station Area Strategic Planning document

A multi-modal access analysis and an intensive market study which, together with input from area residents, businesses, and community groups, will form the basis for conceptual designs for the station, a detailed land use plan for a half-mile radius around each station, and an implementation plan for each station area.  The plans will build on previous land use studies and inform future rail design and land use decisions. A Community Members’ Working Group (CMWG) composed of members appointed by neighborhood associations, business associations, local organizations, and owners of property adjacent to stations, convened to raise local issues as plans were formulated, and acted as liaisons with their representative group.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Community Advisory Committee (MPRB CAC)

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) convened a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to help develop recommendations related to the proposed corridor for the Southwest LRT and its impacts on park facilities. The proposed corridor is adjacent to, or intersects, areas of parkland in and around Cedar Lake, Lake of the Isles, Lake Calhoun, Bryn Mawr Meadows, and Park Siding.

The MPRB CAC’s charge is to prepare recommendations to the Board on the contents of a formal Comment Letter in response to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Southwest Light Rail Transit Alternative 3A. The recommendations of the CAC shall focus on desired outcomes relative to historical, cultural, visual, recreational, social, environmental, and safety issues as they relate to lands owned or managed by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.