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. While various types of transit have been studied for the corridor, autonomous shuttles have not been previously considered.
Some Hennepin County staff, elected officials, and community partners are now asking whether autonomous shuttles could be a possible transit solution for the corridor that could be feasible sooner than light rail or other forms of rail-based transit, which may take many years to implement.
While there are no immediate plans to implement autonomous shuttles in the Midtown Corridor, staff will continue to consider it as we learn more and the technology continues to develop.
Nope, no one is taking away the Greenway. Yep, that would be silly.
While this short-term demonstration was held on the pedestrian portion of a limited section of the greenway, any extended test or permanent implementation of any sort of transit service in this corridor – including autonomous shuttles – would be entirely separate from the existing trails, which are an invaluable regional amenity.
Regular users of the Midtown Greenway will recognize the large empty portion of the corridor that runs parallel to the trail. This is where future transit could operate without displacing the existing greenway trail.