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1 Light Rail Corridors of the Twin Cities Area APWA Fall Conference November 22, 2013 Mark W. Fuhrmann

2 Transitways System Map

3 Weld Connects Green Line to the Blue Line

4 Blue Line (Hiawatha) LRT Opened in 2004 Service from Downtown Minneapolis to Mall of America via MSP Airport 10 minute peak period & midday frequency 15 minutes evening 40 minute run time Exceeding expectations 31,500 avg. weekday riders Half of riders new transit users

5 Central Corridor Light Rail Transit (Green Line)

6 Central Corridor Route and Stations 11 miles 18 new stations 41,000 projected riders per weekday by 2030

7 Central Corridor Sources of Funds Total Budget $957 Million Ramsey Co. $66 million, 7% Hennepin County $28 million, 3% County Transit Improvement Board $284 million, 30% St. Paul $5 million, <1% Federal $479 million 50% State $92 million, 9% Met Council $3 million, <1%,

8 Central Corridor FFGA in 2011

9 Timeline 2007 Preliminary Engineering (PE) 2009 Environmental Documentation Complete 2010 Final Design FFGA / Heavy Construction 2013 System Electrification and Testing 2014 Passenger Operations

10 Construction Complete thru Sept. 2013

11 Cedar Street St. Paul March 2012 March 2012 April 2013 Dec. 2012

12 Washington Avenue U of M March 2012 May 2013

13 Washington Avenue Bridge April 2013 December 2010

14 Operations and Maintenance Facility

15 New Train in the New OMF

16 48 Workers in 650 Ft. (Pascal to Hamline)

17 Construction Workers Homes by County $256 million CCLRT payroll benefits communities statewide

18 First Vehicle Arrives Fall 2012

19 Start Revenue Operations Mid-2014

20 Green Line: Development

21 Blue and Green Lines: Minneapolis City Place Lofts rehab with 45 affordable rental units at Warehouse Station Soo Line rehab with 250 market rate apartments at Nicollet Mall Station American Academy of Neurology new office headquarters 70,000 sq ft space Nic on 5th new 253 market rate apartments at Nicollet Mall Station

22 Green Lines: U of M Complete Stadium Village Flats 120 units student housing and 19,000 s. f. retail The Edge on Oak 60 units student housing and ground floor retail (Yogurt Lab) 7West 214 units student housing and ground floor retail The Station on Washington 98 units student housing and 1,000 sq ft ground floor retail

23 Green Line: St. Paul Complete Lofts at Farmers Market with 58 units of market rate rental housing and 2,000 sq. ft. of commercial space two blocks from Union Depot Station Frogtown Square/ Kings Crossing with 50 units low-income senior housing 11,000 sq. ft. of first floor retail at Dale Street station

24 Green Line: St. Paul Underway Episcopal Homes Midway Pointe 170 senior housing units affordable independent, assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care and 1,400 sq. ft. coffee shop Construction began May 2013

25 Green Line: St. Paul Underway Construction began May 2013 Habitat for Humanity 25,000 sq. ft. headquarters at the intersection of University and Prior avenue near Fairview Station

26 Southwest Light Rail Transit (Green Line Extension)

27 Peer New Starts PD and Engineering Projects April 2013 Status Minneapolis,- St. Paul, MN Vancouver, WA Boston, MA Baltimore, MD Maryland Denver, CO Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles, CA San Diego, CA Fort Worth, TX Houston, TX Project Development (PD) Engineering Orlando, FL

28 Route and Stations 5 Cities, 1 County 17 new stations 15 miles of track 30,000 average weekday ridership in 2030 Will provide single seat trips to downtown Minneapolis, U of M and St. Paul Connections to the Airport and Mall of America via the Blue Line

29 Demographics 210,000 existing jobs 60,000 people live in 31,000 households 16,000 residents of racial and ethnic minorities (27%) 3,600 households incomes below poverty level (12%) Cargill

30 Existing Jobs & Growth 2000: 210,000 jobs 2030: 270,000 jobs East End Hopkins (Cargill, Supervalu) 5,000 emp. Downtown Minneapolis 147,000 emp. Beltline Business Park 6,000 emp. K-Tel Drive Industrial Park 3,500 emp. Opus Business Park 11,000 emp. Proposed United Health Group Campus 6,700 emp. Methodist Hospital 5,200 emp. Highway 212 Corridor 16,000 emp. Golden Triangle Business Park 18,000 emp. Excelsior & Grand Park Nicollet 1,000 emp. West Calhoun 4,200 emp.

31 Timeline

32 Project Budget: Funding Requirements Total: $1.25 Billion $375 million $625 million $125 million $125 million

33 Project Development Technical Issues Full SWLRT Alignment

34 Additional Studies Freight Rail Relocation Water Resources / Hydrology Landscaping / Greenscaping

35 Bottineau Light Rail Transit

36 Bottineau (Blue Line Extension) 13-mile light rail transit line Locally preferred alignment would connect cities Brooklyn Park Crystal Robbinsdale Golden Valley Minneapolis Preparing Draft Environmental Impact Statement, publish in 2014

37 Anticipated Funding Partners

38 Pre-PD and Entry into a PD Timeline Earlier 2014 DEIS Published Preparation of FTA Application to Enter PD Develop Preliminary Engineering (PE) RFP Develop Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) RFP Later 2014 FTA Approval to Enter PD Met Council Issue PE Contract Notice to Proceed Met Council Issue FEIS Contract Notice to Proceed

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