Yay for Public Transportation!
Being a strong advocate of Public Transportation, I (along with many other Minnesotans - I'm sure) was glad to hear that changes are being made to make traveling through Downtown Minneapolis much easier.
The changes to be made will benefit practically everyone - bikers, drivers, pedestrians, and bus riders.
The first order of business is reducing the buses on the Nicollet Mall and replacing them hybrids. Next, bikers will be back on the mall legally. The driving lanes on Marquette and 2nd Avenues will be reduced to one and an additional bus lane will be added. The last phase turns both Hennepin and 1st Avenues from one way streets into two way.
City leaders say Minneapolis is the employment center of the state and this new street plan will allow triple the amount of people to move through it. The downtown changes will be phased in over a 10 year period.
Hopefully these changes will in fact make Minneapolis a safer and quieter place for those who travel through the city.