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

Future Fixed Guideway Transit

Spoonbridge and Cherry
Spoonbridge and Cherry Photo by Andrew Tucker

The Twin Cities has an ambitious plan to continuing expanding the fixed-guideway transit network, including light rail connections, bus rapid transit (BRT) and commuter rail and bus. High speed rail investments may also be crucial investments in the future of the region. This page includes some information on a few of those proposed projects.

Bottineau Corridor

The Bottineau Corridor extends between Downtown Minneapolis and North Minneapolis through the Northwest Suburbs of the Twin Cities including; Golden Valley, Crystal, Robbinsdale, New Hope, Osseo, Brooklyn Park and Maple Grove. In addition, the travel shed for this corridor extends through the rapidly growing communities of Dayton, Rogers, and Hassan Township.

Visit the Hennepin County's page on the Bottineau Transitway here to learn more about the study alternatives.

Cedar Ave BRT

Cedar Avenue provides a major connection between downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul and the southern suburbs and hosts nearly 155,000 vehicles travel it daily. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along Cedar Ave. will enhance existing bus and express bus routes.

Visit Dakota County's page on the Cedar Ave BRT here to get information on construction updates.

The Metropolitan Council has more information on the transitway on their website here.

Gateway Corridor

The Gateway Corridor follows Interstate 94 from the St. Croix River Bridge to Stain Paul. The corridor connections some of the Twin Cities' largest employers, including 3M, The Hartford, Imation and Securian Financial, and I-94 carries more than 150,000 daily vehicles along that stretch.

In 2010, a commission began an Alternatives Analysis Study, which will examine transit modes (light rail, commuter rail, or bus-rapid transit), determine estimated ridership, and consider potential routes.

Visit Washington County's page on the Gateway Corridor here to learn more about the alternatives analysis and next steps.


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.