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

Major Partners and Initiatives

Frank Gehry likes fish, and he did this sculpture in the Cowles Conservatory at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
Frank Gehry likes fish, and he did this sculpture in the Cowles Conservatory at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
Photo by Andrew Tucker

The Twin Cities region is continuing to move forward with planning and implementation for equitable TOD. Below are just a few of the major programs happening in the Twin Cities. Many more local resources are also listed here

Corridors of Opportunity

The Corridors of Opportunity (CoO) initiative promotes sustainable, vibrant, and healthy communities, using the region’s emerging transitway system as a development focus. The Metropolitan Council and a broad consortium of policymakers, foundations, community organizations, and leaders are engaged in these efforts.

The CoO Vision is that Transitway corridors will guide our region’s growth, vitality, and competitiveness. Development along transitways will create distinctive places and strengthen local assets while increasing ridership and expanding access to jobs, affordable housing, and essential services for residents of all incomes and backgrounds.

This initiative is funded through a package of loans and grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Living Cities.

HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative: In October 2010, the Twin Cities was awarded a $5 million planning grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a part of its Sustainable Communities Initiative. Led by the Metropolitan Council, this award will help fund planning around transit corridors in the region.

Living Cities Integration Initiative: The Twin Cities were also chosen by Living Cities (a collaborative of 22 of the world's largest foundations and financial institutions) to take part in The Living Cities Integration Initiative. Through the Living Cities Initiative, the Twin Cities region is eligible for up to $16 million in grants, loans, and Program-Related Investments (PRIs) to support its efforts.

Learn more about the Corridors of Opportunity initiative here.

Housing Policy Toolkit: The Minnesota HousingPolicy.org Toolbox is an online guide to state and local housing policy developed and maintained by the Center for Housing Policy in partnership with ULI Minnesota.

Visit the Housing Policy Toolkit here.


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.