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How we get there: strategies and actions

Reaching our transportation goals requires strategic action. Listed in this plan are strategies and actions that we plan to undertake in the next 10 years. Each strategy is followed by several actions, detailing how we, along with our partners, will make tangible improvements on our streets.


The transportation policies of Minneapolis 2040, from which the TAP strategies and actions build, support a multimodal network that prioritizes walking, biking and transit.


Each action identifies specific goals it supports and an estimated level of effort it will require to complete it – high, medium or low. This is meant to acknowledge that there are many factors which contribute to the success of a specific action – including support of agency partners, funding opportunities, and alignment with advancements in technology and other industry changes. Identifying a scale of anticipated difficulty helps give perspective on when a specific action might be accomplished; the City will strive to complete all actions but acknowledges difficulties in predicting 10 years into the future.


The strategies and actions listed reflect major themes we heard through community engagement for the TAP specifically but also through the Minneapolis 2040 development process. For the TAP-specific engagement, we connected with thousands of people and heard the strong desire to continue to build walkable, bikeable, transit-oriented communities, with less dependence on cars. A full summary of engagement is found in the Appendix.

The actions within this strategy are divided into two categories:

Action we will DOActions we will SUPPORT

Action we will do are followed by “DO” and are colored in dark gray, and actions we will support are followed by “SUPPORT” and are colored in light gray.

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The strategies and actions were developed in partnership with workgroups on each of the topic areas, along with guidance from an Interagency Technical Advisory Team, Steering Committee, and Policy Advisory Committee. Membership for those committees includes City staff, partner agency representatives, and other stakeholders and are listed in the Appendix.


The strategies and actions in this action plan reflect a tension that exists in the street that results from competing uses for limited right of way. We must acknowledge this tension and take a context-sensitive approach to our work, recognizing there may be multiple ways to achieve similar outcomes. Similarly, when an idea is posited where further study or evaluation is needed, it indicates that we do want to achieve the outcome, but there may be more work to undertake before definitively stating we will pursue it.


When an action identified in one topic area is linked to an action in another, that relationship is noted, and the actions are linked. When a strategy or action applies to more than one topic or strategy, the action is referenced below the strategy as “see also action” in a different topic area.

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A strategy is a broad approach to reach an outcome that moves us toward achieving one of our six goals.


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An action is a specific step needed to accomplish the strategy.

Actions are anticipated as being undertaken in three distinct time periods:


  • 2020-2023 (YEARS 0-3)
  • 2024-2027 (YEARS 4-7)
  • 2028-2030 (YEARS 8-10)

The years may switch depending on changing conditions, partner support, staffing, funding levels and/or unforeseen social or other circumstances. Despite some natural uncertainty with predicting the future, together with the level of effort identified for each action, the pace of anticipated change is evident by the designated years for each action.