Bottineau Transitway

Location Minneapolis Minnesota
Organization Hennepin County’s Department of Housing, Community Works and Transit

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.

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At A Glance
  • Status:
  • Publication date:
    2013, January
  • Decision-making levels:
  • Sectors:
    Planning and zoning, Transportation
  • Additional topic areas:
    Land-use planning, Food and nutrition, Parks and green spaces, Economic development, Public transit
  • Drivers of health:
    Diet and physical activity, Safe and accessible active transportation routes, Safe, affordable, and healthy housing, Safe and affordable parks and recreational facilities, Employment, Education, Safe street infrastructure, Access to healthy food, Clean air and water
  • Affected populations:
    Chronic health conditions, Economically disadvantaged, Racial and ethnic minorities
  • Community types:
    Suburban, Urban
  • Research methods:
    Focus groups, Literature review, Qualitative research
  • Funding source:
    Health Impact Project grantee