Metro Transit and Ryan created 2 bus transfer stations on the west side of the project site. These stations are able to handle more than 500 buses each day and are a significant improvement for all bus riders.
The redevelopment of the former Sears site was central to transit and transportation planning for south Minneapolis. The Midtown Exchange has benefited from and affected the development of: the I-35W Access project, Lake Street Reconstruction and Streetscaping, service enhancements in Metro Transit bus routes, pedestrian and bicycle traffic in the Midtown Greenway and, potentially, a future Greenway streetcar.
The City of Minneapolis reviewed a traffic demand management (TDM) plan submitted April 2004 by the engineering firm of Short, Elliott Hendrickson, Inc. (SEH) on behalf of Ryan, the Midtown Exchange master developer. The city approved this plan before construction began. The TDM study was an update of the 2000 study prepared for a previous redevelopment effort at the site.