MAP: Proposed Nicollet Streetcar Stops Released

Open houses planned to showcase project's advances.

The Nicollet-Central Corridor transit study advances apace. On Wednesday, City of Minneapolis officials released a map showing proposed routes and a list of stops for a streetcar or "enhanced bus" line through the core of the city.

Tellingly, the line is broken by a big green box indicating the site of the current KMart Lake Street store, with a note saying the route from 28th Street to Lake Street is still up for debate. City officials are hoping to find a way to re-open the stretch of Nicollet Ave that once ran right through the store. Mayor RT Rybak has said the KMart project likely won't attract the necessary private capital until a new Bus Rapid Transit station is built at the intersection of Interstate 35W and Lake Street.

See visions for what the KMart site could look like when rebuilt.

The corridor study is part of a year-long process designed to settle on a plan that can be presented to federal transit officials in a search for more funding.

This 2007 city study lays out the logic—and expansion options for a citywide streetcar system.

If you'd like to learn more about the streetcar plan, three open houses are scheduled for the coming weeks. Somali and Spanish interpreters will be on hand at all three.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 12, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  
    MPHA Parker Skyview Community Room, 1815 Central Avenue NE 
    Presentation at 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 13, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 
    HCMC Whittier Clinic, 2810 Nicollet Avenue S 
    Presentation at 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 14, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. 
    Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall 
    Presentation at 4 p.m.
Adam Froehlig February 01, 2013 at 06:36 PM
I've been a bit out of the loop since the '07 study. Is the city looking at this corridor for their initial streetcar line?
James Sanna February 01, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Yep, although the smart money says it will start with some kind of downtown-area initial build.


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