The Transitway Impacts Research Program answers questions about the economic, travel, and community impacts of transitway corridors in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The program was launched in 2006 by the Hennepin County-University of Minnesota partnership and has grown to include a mix of funding partners and program supporters.
The program creates knowledge and information needed to improve planning and decision making for transitway expansion. It also helps educate legislators, agency leaders and staff, and the University research community about current issues, innovations, and trends pertaining to transitways. In addition, the program can serve as a national model of interjurisdictional collaboration between government and academia for transitway research, education, and outreach.
A network of 14 transitways is planned for 2030 in the seven-county Twin Cities region. How can the region ensure the greatest return on this investment, improve job accessibility, and strengthen the region's economic future? University of Minnesota researchers set out to find the answer. A summary of the research findings for policymakers offers solutions.
The research program is measuring the impacts of transitways on property values, land use and housing mix, businesses, travel behavior, environment and public health, safety, and community cohesion.