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Hiawatha LRT Potential Commuters.

Minnesota 3-D.

The Twin Cities' first light rail transit line was completed in 2004, connecting downtown Minneapolis to the Mall of America. The Hiawatha LRT line and its stations also connect to a number of Minneapolis neighborhoods with potential for transit oriented development (TOD). This project used M3D data to analyze commute patterns adjacent to the Hiawatha LRT. The selection of a quarter mile buffer surrounding the Hiawatha LRT line was chosen as the potential user zone. M3D data mapped for this project represent where workers are traveling to and from in the Twin Cities metropolitan area based on their city locations. The maps produced show that nearly 2,000 persons living within a quarter mile of the Hiawatha LRT line traveled either to downtown Minneapolis or Bloomington to work in 2003, prior to the line's construction. On the other hand, persons traveling to work within the quarter mile zone surrounding the Hiawatha LRT line are primarily traveling from southern and western suburbs. Nearly 14,000 workers live in the southern suburbs of Bloomington, Eagan, Burnsville, and Apple Valley. This analysis sets a benchmark for analyzing the Hiawatha LRT's future impacts on the Twin Cities metro and its neighborhoods.

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Prepared on behalf of the Longfellow Community Council by Minnesota 3-D (M3D), administered by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
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