Invest in an Equitable Transit System

The history of racial segregation in Minneapolis and lack of funding for public transportation broaden our city’s disparities. Low-wealth individuals—who are more likely to rely on public transportation—are negatively impacted when we do not prioritize transit: increased commute times, access to fewer jobs and city amenities. The way we build our transportation system impacts the social, economic, and physical health of our communities. When I-94 was constructed, it disrupted the Northside community—we continue to experience the adverse effects with disproportionate levels of air pollution in North Minneapolis.

Vision and Priorities

In pursuit of a sustainable and equitable future, we must invest in multimodal transportation—prioritizing pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transit over automobile-based commuting. Additionally, our approach to transit must intersect with housing and community development, so new transit corridors do not lead to commercial and residential gentrification.

  1. Build our city infrastructure for climate resilience: Climate change is one of the greatest threats to our city. As our city begins to experience an increase in annual rainfall, and therefore potential flooding, we must design our city to effectively deal with stormwater and groundwater.
    • Increase the area of pervious surfaces when planning and building streets
    • Maintain and improve the quality of our stormwater and groundwater infrastructure when conducting construction projects
    • Where possible, increase green space and the urban canopy of our city’s landscape
  2. Implement the Complete Streets policy: Our streets need to be redesigned to facilitate equitable residential and commercial development along transit routes. Complete Streets uplift the physical, environmental, financial, and mental health of our communities by easing the commute between neighborhoods, providing realistic alternatives to driving, and reducing traffic which improves air quality.
    • Design pedestrian-friendly environments to facilitate multi-modal transportation
    • Support equitable and intentional bicycle infrastructure
    • Prioritize Complete Streets policy implementation in low-wealth and POCI communities
  3. Invest in our public transit system: When investing in our transit system, we must focus on the communities who are underserved and need it most.
    • Collaborate with county, metro, and state leaders to build the Southwest Light Rail and Bottineau Light Rail
    • Invest in and expand our Bus Rapid Transit
    • Proactively engage with Minneapolis residents about transit projects