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

Streetcars in the Twin Cities

Streetcar No. 1300 of the Como-Harriet heritage line at the Linden Hills Depot.
Photo by Andrew Tucker

Streetcar systems were ubiquitous at the turn of the last century and are uniquely suited now to serve all the high-density development underway in downtowns across the U.S. They're much cheaper than light rail, are hugely successful in promoting development and street life, and fit easily into built environments with little disruption to existing businesses, residents, and traffic. They can provide high-quality transit service to support compact, walkable, higher-density development in small and mid-sized cities that can't afford bigger rail systems – offering the potential to significantly increase the constituency for transit in the U.S.

Moreover, they are proving powerful magnets for real estate development. The magnitude of attraction was measured by a 2005 study of the Portland streetcar that showed that prior to 1997 (when the alignment was announced) buildings were constructed at 30 percent of allowable density on land where the line would be built, whereas after 1997 buildings were constructed at much higher densities – from 90 percent of FAR along the streetcar to 75 percent one block away and 40 percent at three blocks and further away.

View a powerpoint [ Download PPT ] or [ View Slideshow ]. Download the related PDF.

In December 2010, the City of Minneapolis received an Alternatives Analysis Planning Grant from the Federal Transit Administration that will be used to evaluate the potential for a new streetcar line to be built on Nicollet and Central Avenues. These were identified as the best corridors to start implementing the long term vision for a streetcar network in the 2007 Minneapolis Streetcar Feasibility Study.

Visit the City of Minneapolis's streetcar planning webpage here for more information on the Alternatives Analysis Planning process and to read the Feasibility Study.

Other Streetcar 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.