MICAH

MICAH Regional Transit Corridor Campaigns

The Metropolitan Council’s 2025 Transit plan identified 8 dedicated transit corridors that include commuter rail, light rail and bus ways.  These corridors will receive significant public investments that will shape the future residential and economic development patterns of the region. 

Each corridor and transit stop is ripe with potential for additional affordable housing development as well as a mix of retail, offices and open space in a pedestrian friendly environment. MICAH has been working on policies that will create affordable housing and benefit the entire community.

Please join us in making sure that these transit lines benefit the entire community.

MICAH's Recommendations for Housing Policies to Advance Racial and Economic Justice and Benefit the Transit Corridor Communities are here.

MICAH Transit Oriented Development Principles

  • Communities most impacted by the transit line need to have a substantive voice in development decisions along the transit corridor.
  • Existing structurally sound affordable housing needs to be preserved.
  • 30% of the new housing needs to be affordable to people with incomes below $42,000.
  • Existing residents with low incomes should not be taxed out of their homes.
  • Secure minority participation in all jobs and contracts related to development along the transit corridors.

Transit Corridors

Hennepin County

Anoka County

  • Northstar – A 40-mile six-station commuter rail corridor linking downtown Minneapolis to Big Lake is now in operation. Affordable housing is being developed in Big Lake and possibly in Anoka. For information on the train, see www.northstartrain.org.

Dakota County

  • Cedar Avenue – A 16-mile busway running from the Mall of America south to  Burnsville, Eagan, Apple Valley, and Lakeville. The official word from Dakota County is available at http://www.co.dakota.mn.us/EnvironmentRoads/Transit/Cedar/default.htm
  • Red Rock – A 30-mile commuter rail corridor running north along Highway 61 from Hastings to St. Paul and on to Minneapolis. In initial planning stages.

St. Paul / Ramsey

  • Central aka Green Line – An 11-mile light rail line connecting downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis by way of University and Washington Avenues. Affordable housing has already been built on the west end of the line (Episcopal Homes and Carlton Place Lofts).
    MICAH is championing homeowners and renters who might be pressured out of their neighborhood as well as pushing for groundbreaking targets for affordable housing development.  
  • The Gateway Corridor stretches from downtown St. Paul to the St. Croix River Bridge, along Interstate 94, Hudson Road, and Highway 12. It is the doorway to and from Minnesota and Wisconsin’s diverse communities. Not only does the Gateway Corridor represent the front step to urban, suburban and rural areas, it also is an entry point to corporate campuses, educational institutions, commercial centers, and recreational destinations.
  • Rush Line– An 80-mile corridor connecting downtown St. Paul with Hinckley is underway with a commuter coach demonstration service. Cities along the Rush Line are already looking forward to developing with transit in mind. White Bear Lake is building 60 units with Transit Oriented Development bonuses.
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