Hennepin County’s Department of Housing, Community Works and Transit (HCWT) conducted an HIA to inform planning decisions on the proposed Bottineau Transitway. The transitway proposal would create a new bus or light rail line extending from downtown Minneapolis through North Minneapolis and into neighboring suburbs. The HIA was coordinated with the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that will serve as a key mechanism for the County in making decisions on the transitway. The DEIS will also serve as the basis for the Federal Transit Administration’s decision on whether to fund the project.
Hennepin County’s Department of Housing, Community Works and Transit has been funded to conduct health and health equity related community engagement around station area planning for the first four proposed stations. Hennepin is working with Nexus Community Partners to reach underrepresented communities. Consulting firms that submit station area plans are required to work with Hennepin and Nexus to ensure broad community outreach and stakeholder engagement.