Hennepin County will continue studying autonomous vehicle technology, and consider how it could impact transportation in our communities. There are many potential applications, benefits, and some pitfalls as well. Connecting more people to high-frequency transit like light rail is one application staff are actively studying.
A possible transit solution for the Midtown Corridor?
Hennepin County purchased the Midtown Corridor in the early 1990s to preserve it for future transit use. Staff will continue to study autonomous shuttles as one option for the corridor along with streetcar, LRT and other types of transit.
Any future transit would operate alongside existing bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in the currently empty portion of the corridor. It would not replace the Midtown Greenway, which is an invaluable regional amenity.
Learn more about possible transit in the Midtown Corridor.
Shaping the future
The future may be here, but it’s still taking shape. As our region continues to grow, making sure residents can get to their destinations safely and efficiently will require innovative and strategic solutions.
We also know there won’t be a single solution that serves all the diverse needs of our growing population. Hennepin County will continue to work with our partners and communities to shape a transportation system of the future that works for all our 1.2 million residents.