tod in the twin cities

TOD Advisory Committee

Getting It Done: TOD Workshop Series

Funding Sources for TOD

Major Partners and Initiatives

CORRIDOR Planning

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

TOD TOOLKIT

Basic TOD Resources

Connecting Jobs to People

Mixed Income/Equitable TOD

Shaping Regional Demand for Growth

Station Area Planning

Value Capture and Financing TOD

Connecting Jobs to People

Two Hiawatha LRVs
Light rail vehicles at the Downtown East-Metrodome Station.
Photo by Andrew Tucker

When transit connects to regional job centers, people of all incomes benefit from increased access to those employment opportunities. New rail lines that connect major job centers have also been shown to result in higher-than-expected ridership, creating a win for transit agencies. In some cases, the greatest market demand will be at station areas in or near these regional job centers, so understanding their location in the regional transit network.

Understanding how future transit investments will contribute to better connectivity can help shape economic development goals for the region. In particular, the region could consider and examine:

CTOD has done some analysis in the Twin Cities that starts to look at these issues.


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.