METRO TRANSIT RECIEVES FTA GRANT FOR ALTERNATIVES ANALYSIS STUDY ALONG THE MIDTOWN CORRIDOR

Metro Transit has been awarded $600,000 by the Federal Transit Administration to help fund an Alternatives Analysis (AA) study for the Midtown Corridor.  The Midtown Corridor AA will review several options for transit improvements between the West Lake Station on the Southwest LRT line and the Lake Street/Midtown Station on the Hiawatha LRT line. 

The text of the Midtown Corridor annoucement:

MINNESOTA

Minneapolis (Metropolitan Council/Metro Transit)

Project: Midtown Corridor Alternatives Analysis

Grant Amount: $600,000

This corridor extends 4.4 miles east-west along 29th and Lake Streets through the heart of south Minneapolis, and features dense residential neighborhoods, a thriving commercial district, several major employers, and robust connections to the regional transit network. The western terminus of the Midtown Corridor is the West Lake Station of the planned Southwest LRT, which is currently entering preliminary engineering. On the eastern end, the corridor terminates at the Hiawatha LRT Lake Street/Midtown Station. Between these points, the corridor crosses major north-south arterial streets as well as the Uptown Transit Center, the Chicago-Lake Transit Center, and the planned I-35W and Lake Street BRT Station.

The full FTA announcement is online at here (pdf file).  More on the FTA's Alternatives Analysis grant program.