tod in the twin cities

TOD Advisory Committee

Getting It Done: TOD Workshop Series

Funding Sources for TOD

Major Partners and Initiatives


Minneapolis-St Paul Transitways 2020 Map (PDF)

Central Corridor

Southwest Corridor

Other Future Fixed-Guideway Transit

Hiawatha Line

Northstar Commuter Rail

Streetcars in the Twin Cities

Citizen's Guide to New Starts, Federal Funding for Transit Corridors


Basic TOD Resources

Connecting Jobs to People

Mixed Income/Equitable TOD

Shaping Regional Demand for Growth

Station Area Planning

Value Capture and Financing TOD

Central Corridor

Winter Carnival ~ 125 Years
The first St. Paul Winter Carnival was held in 1886, 125 years ago. It was supposedly originally started as a response to a New York newspaper that called St. Paul "another Siberia, unfit for human habitation" in winter.
Photo by Andrew Tucker

The Central Corridor is a light rail transit (LRT) line that will connect Downtown St. Paul and Downtown Minneapolis along University Avenue. In total, it will link five major activity centers: the two Downtowns, the University of Minnesota, the Midway area, and the State Capital complex.

The area suffers from traffic congestion, and projections estimate that the adjacent Interstate 94 will exceed capacity by 2020. This line, which will feature 18 new stations plus five stations shared with the Hiawatha Line in Downtown Minneapolis, is essential to creating comprehensive regional connectivity within a multimodal network. The established communities, development patterns, demographics, and land uses along the corridor are very diverse. Special attention to 'ground-up' consensus gathering must be paid as planners apply the overall development plan to specific station area plans.

By early 2011, the corridor was under construction and passenger service was expected to begin by 2014.

Visit the Metropolitan Council's page on the Central Corridor here.

Other Central Corridor Resources

Transit-Oriented Development, or TOD, is typically defined as more compact development within easy walking distance of transit stations (typically a half mile) that contains a mix of uses such as housing, jobs, shops, restaurants and entertainment. TOD is about creating walkable, sustainable communities for people of all ages and incomes and providing more transportation and housing choices. These neighborhoods provide for a lifestyle that's convenient, affordable and active, and create places where our children can play and our parents can grow old comfortably.