In this edition...
  • 2021 Transportation Summit - Register today!
  • Blue Line Extension Webinar
  • Affordable Transportation Guide
  • Nice Ride For All
  • Bryant Ave S Reconstruction
America’s urban highways are nearing the end of their useful lives, including Interstate 94 between Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Built for civil defense and to hasten suburban development, it’s time to reconsider their value to users, neighbors, and the cities they divide. Will we double-down on cars and trucks, or will climate goals, equity concerns, economic opportunities and transit innovations mean the end of the road for highways through cities?

Join us Tuesday, May 18, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. CST, at this year’s Move Minneapolis Transportation Summit and hear from national transportation leaders about the health, equity, economic, and social impacts of urban highways. Discover exciting new federal goals for access and mobility that put people over pavement. Registration is free.
WEBINAR Registration:

WEBINAR: What the Blue Line Extension Means for Downtown Business
Could a future train grace North Loop's Washington Avenue? What kind of transit service can North Loop businesses anticipate and when? The Metropolitan Council and Hennepin County recently released revised route options for the planned METRO Blue Line Light Rail Extension, also known as the Bottineau Extension, which will connect communities from Downtown Minneapolis northwest to Brooklyn Park. Hear from the Blue Line Rail Extension project team and business leaders from the North Loop. Learn about how you can weigh in on this exciting project.

Join us for a WEBINAR: Thursday, May 27, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. CST

  • Sophia Ginis, Manager of Public Involvement, Transit System Dev., Metro Transit
  • Nick Landwer, Design and Engineering Lead, Metro Transit
  • Dan Collison, Executive Director, Nūloop Partners
  • Joanne Kaufman, Executive Director, Warehouse District Business Association
The Metropolitan Council and Hennepin County recently announced revised routes for the METRO Blue Line Extension. The exciting project will extend the Blue Line LRT from Target Field Station northwest to Brooklyn Park. While much of the route remains intact, the revised route options provide opportunities to better serve key destinations in North Minneapolis and into downtown Minneapolis.

Learn more about the project and revised routes:
Provide your input by completing a community survey (below). The survey will remain open through Friday, May 28, 2021.
Your business relies on your staff being on the job reliably and ready to work. Move Minneapolis is here to help your employees get to work safely, sustainably, and on time. Supporting employee transportation options fits in with your environmental sustainability goals. And best of all, finding ways to stretch limited dollars helps both your employees and your bottom line.

The NEW Move Minneapolis Guide To Transportation Affordability Programs is available as a free downloadable pdf that will help your employees save money as they get to work and home again each day. Solutions are tailored toward employees in lower-wage jobs such as food service, retail, housekeeping, and security. These are jobs in which number of hours and shift times can vary greatly. Your employees might be juggling multiple jobs and other commitments such as family or school, and for them, having affordable options for getting around town is a tremendous benefit. No matter where your employees are going, our guide will help them #MoveLikeABoss. Learn about affordable ways to ride Metro Transit, to bike commute, bike-share, ride scooters, carpool, and even get home fast in an emergency.
The classic green bikes and a fleet of new e-bikes are ready for riding! Nice Ride offers affordable, accessible, and fun transportation options for everyone, regardless of income. Nice Ride's equity program allows those who qualify for certain state or federal assistance programs to sign up.

Nice Ride For All Benefits:
  • $5 Annual Membership
  • Unlimited rides, with the first 45 minutes of each trip included
  • Ebike trips are an extra $0.05/min*
  • Bikes available during riding season throughout service area
  • Pay with credit, debit, or prepaid card

*Ebike parking is free at Nice Ride stations, e-stations, and University of Minnesota bike racks. You’ll be charged $1 for parking an ebike at a public bike rack in the service area. Parking outside Minneapolis city limits incurs a $5 fee, and parking violations may incur a $5 fee. Parking violations include locking the ebike to itself, or to private property, trees, signposts, or any other structures as well as blocking pathways, sidewalks, or ramps.

Nice Ride for All is available to residents of Minneapolis ages 18 and older who qualify for a state or federal assistance program, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Minnesota Food Assistance Program (MFAP), Transit Assistance Program (TAP), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), SSI/SSDI Supplemental Security Income, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Medicaid and FAFSA.
The City of Minneapolis will be reconstructing 2.5 miles of Bryant Ave south of Lake Street in 2022 with a project that seeks to increase green infrastructure and improve pedestrian and biking facilities. The crumbling 60-year-old infrastructure is due for replacement. Minneapolis Public Works is in the design phase of the project, has held a series of virtual open houses, and is gathering community feedback.

Bryant Ave averages 3,000 vehicles daily, mostly from the surrounding neighborhood. Designs incorporate the Vision Zero initiative to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety, and the City’s Transportation Action Plan to reduce climate change emissions.

Bryant is currently a north-south bike boulevard route that shares traffic with cars. There’s parking on both sides of the street and two-way traffic. Proposals are looking at options to offer more protection to bicyclists and adding new green infrastructure with trees, plants, and better storm water capture.
Calming vehicle traffic will be a goal of the project. A City study found nearly a quarter of vehicles were exceeding the 20 mph speed limit. They found that 40% of vehicles were speeding between 44th and 47th streets, an area that includes a school.

Construction is slated to start in 2022 and last up to two years. Give your feedback on the Bryant Ave Reconstruction project. Survey closes Friday, May 28, 2021.
Move Minneapolis is a 501c4 nonprofit that promotes sustainable transportation.

Support is provided by a federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant in partnership with the United States Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Council, the City of Minneapolis, MnDOT, Hennepin County, and the downtown community.