, Former Associate Director, Urban & Regional Affairs
The purpose of the Transitway Impacts Research Program (TIRP) is to answer questions about the impacts of transitway corridors on the economy, travel, and community of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Formed in fall 2006, the program is an initiative of the Hennepin County-University of Minnesota Partnership. It is supported by CTS and the State and Local Policy Program at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Funding is provided by Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, and Washington counties; Metro Transit and the Metropolitan Council; and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Additional partners include the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Research interests include determining the impact of transitways on residential and commercial property values, housing mix, land use, and economic development patterns. This work supported research efforts primarily by developing an online catalog of datasets that can be or have been used to conduct TIRP research, determining whether datasets need to be archived, and identifying archiving capabilities. A second, broader task that was also undertaken was to work with the existing TIRP Technical Advisory Group to identify data needs for planned research and to assist in finding or developing datasets to help advance future TIRP research. The report documents work done to accomplish those goals. Preliminary work was completed using the Minnesota Metadata Guidelines to document two completed TIRP projects. Ten new data sources were added to MetroGIS's DataFinder catalog, along with two new data categories. These sources and categories are documented in the report.
Inventory of Data and Research on the Economic and Community Impacts of the Hiawatha LRT (pdf)