Will streetcars make a return to Minneapolis?

11:44 PM, Sep 26, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Streetcars may be a nostalgic thing of the past, but they could very well be a part of our future too. A modern version that is.

The City of Minneapolis along with Metro Transit and Metropolitan Council are conducting a study into transit alternatives in the city.

"We want to provide a really easy to use transit option on Nicollet and Central that gets people around downtown, that connects downtown with the growing neighborhoods outside of downtown," says Anna Flintoft, a transportation planner with the City of Minneapolis Public Works Department.

The study is specifically looking the Nicollet-Central Corridor, one of the busiest in the city. The 9-mile stretch runs from 46th and Nicollet to 41st Ave. NE in downtown Columbia Heights.

While there are plenty of busses that run through the area, the alternative transit would provide shorter more direct routes to specific locations, like restaurants along "Eat Street" and the Convention Center or the Arts District in Northeast.

Modern streetcars are one of the options on the table as well as enhanced buses or light rail. The group will conduct studies on all the options to find out what the costs, benefits and impacts of each are. They also want to get plenty of public input on the idea.

If you'd like to see the plan or give an opinion, check out the link here.

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