Category: Project Information

Metro Transit to add new service along 46th Street

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By robb, March 7, 2014 3:23 pm

A Line BRT route

This year, Metro Transit will begin construction on a new type of bus service in the area.  “Arterial BRT” is a type of bus transit that includes a variety of enhancements to improve transit speed and experience.  Components will include more frequent service, stations with more amenities, and unique buses.

The region’s first “arterial BRT” service will run from the 46th Street LRT station to Rosedale Mall along 46th Street and Snelling Avenue.  The A-Line Route will provide a convenient connection between the Blue and Green LRT lines without having to go downtown.  In Longfellow, the route will include stops at 46th Street station, Minnehaha/46th St, and 46th St/46th Ave.  The project is scheduled to open in 2015.

Check out Metro Transit’s Project Website for more information.

Community members talk about Strategies to improve health and environment

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By robb, September 13, 2013 11:44 am

We had many great conversations with people from the Longfellow and Phillips area about strategies to improve health and environment in our community.  We asked people to look at our list of 14 strategies, pick the two that are most important to them, and let us know why.  Here is a look at some of the things people said on a few of the strategies:

Community Outreach at Longfellow Cornfeed
Community Outreach at Longfellow Cornfeed 2

Improve access to healthy, affordable food through gardens, farmers markets and urban farms:

  • Local, healthy food is critical for our future.
  • Community gardens are a great way to build better communities and neighborhoods!!
  • There aren’t a lot of options/access for low-income people.
  • I like the idea of diggin’ in the dirt!

Make it safer and easier to walk and bike to places in the neighborhood

  • I want to feel safe walking my dog.  A better sense of community improves safety.
  • To stay safe and exercised.
  • People outside also bring the community together.

Plant more trees

  • Because we need more air from the trees and they just look cool.
  • To save animals homes.
  • Replace all the trees we lost in the storm.

Reduce chemical use in homes and businesses and cut down on improper disposal of hazardous waste

  • Educate people about chemicals in the home – i.e. cleaning products.
  • Stop or slow the use of fertilizer.
  • Chemicals in our water end up in human bodies – many homes / companies could easily reduce.

Support community-based efforts to promote physical activity and good nutrition

  • We need programs that provide thoughtful, culturally sensitive education about food and fitness for kids and families.
  • Educate in the schools on good nutrition choices and physical activity options.
  • Keep kids moving.  We need our kids to livelong healthy lives.

Click on the link to see the full list of comments.

Hiawatha CARE Project – August Newsletter

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By robb, August 29, 2013 1:15 pm

Check out the latest Project Update for the Hiawatha CARE Project. And remember to take our survey to let us know your priority strategies in addressing community environmental and health risks.

Latest Update on MHCW Projects

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By robb, February 26, 2013 1:08 pm

Check out the latest Project Newsletter for the Minnehaha-Hiawatha Community Works project. Featured projects include the Hiawatha Ave Pedestrian/Bike Intersection Improvements project, Hiawatha CARE Project, and historic interpretation work.

Hiawatha Ave Signal Improvements Complete

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By robb, January 16, 2013 3:33 pm

The city of Minneapolis has completed its signal timing improvements to make Hiawatha Avenue and its cross streets function more efficiently.  This Minneapolis-led effort was developed with partners from several agencies, including  the Federal Highway Administration, Metro Transit, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and Hennepin County.

The city is holding a celebration to mark the improvements:

Where: Cardinal Tavern / 2920 East 38th Street
When: January 23 (Wed) / 5:30 to 7:00 pm

You can also learn about local businesses and get more information about the Hiawatha Pedestrian Crossings Improvements project!

Minneapolis Plans Hiawatha Ave Signal Improvements

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By robb, August 13, 2012 10:33 am

One of the primary concerns raised throughout the Minnehaha-Hiawatha Community Works project is the impact LRT signal pre-emption has on area traffic.  The City of Minneapolis has been leading an effort to identify ways to improve the operation of signals on Hiawatha Avenue from 26th to 50th streets.

The city developed a partnership among the Federal Highway Administration, Metro Transit, Mn/DOT, and Hennepin County to look at the issue.  Several changes have been identified and funding secured.  These improvements are planned for completion by the end of 2012.  Check the Minneapolis project web page for more information.