Minneapolis transportation plan addresses climate, pandemic

The City of Minneapolis has released a draft of its Transportation Action Plan (TAP), as a companion to its 2040 Comprehensive Plan. In the latest ITE Journal, Transportation Planning Manager Kathleen Mayell outlines details of the plan, which sets out to respond to the declared climate emergency by prioritizing low-carbon means of transportation, while focusing on additional city goals.

Existing plans and relationships allowed for quick response to pandemic and are critical to city’s climate plan

Having plans and partner work groups in place allowed Minneapolis city agencies to be nimble when reconfiguring street space opened by a reduction in car traffic due to the pandemic. This enabled agencies to quickly accommodate cyclists and pedestrians desiring more space in which to be active while social distancing, provide more curb space for pick-ups, and automate the pedestrian cycle at many signalized intersections.