Hennepin County and the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority are helping to ensure regional mobility into the future. Light rail and bus rapid transit are essential pieces of our county transportation network.
We envision an efficient, fully built-out transit system that works with roads, bridges, bikeways and walkways to get people where they need to go safely and efficiently, however they choose to move.
The Twin Cities metro area is expected to add another 700,000 people by 2040. More people mean greater transportation demand on an already stressed system.
Millennials and baby boomers, the largest workforce and population segments, want access to reliable, affordable transit options, as do seniors and people with disabilities.
Transit attracts major employers, new businesses and investments, and helps employers recruit and retain a talented workforce.
Limited resources will fund road and highway maintenance, not expansion. Transit moves more people, more efficiently, and increases the capacity of the current road network for those who need to drive.
Existing or proposed transitways serve 11 of Minnesota's 17 Fortune 500 company headquarters.
Light rail systems produce 62% less greenhouse gas emissions per passenger mile than an average single-occupancy vehicle, improving air quality and benefitting the health of residents and the environment.
Learn more about transit planning in Hennepin County
Credit: Metro Transit
Hennepin County, the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority and our transit funding partners have made significant investments in transitways that provide quick, convenient, economical access to jobs, schools, medical facilities and entertainment areas in the county.
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Learn about the full Metropolitan Council transit system
Hennepin County and the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority are committed to smart transit planning and investments that serve the county’s residents and businesses.
Near existing and planned LRT stations on the METRO Blue and Green lines, and planned Southwest and Bottineau LRT line extensions.
Serves nearly 500 trains each day while welcoming culture and community through public gathering spaces, cutting-edge environmental features and bike amenities.
Learn more about Target Field Station
Partners with cities, other organizations and communities to build long-term value around transitways through housing, jobs and placemaking.
Learn more about Community Works
Transit projects that serve Hennepin County have been funded through a combination of local, state and federal dollars. Reliable and flexible local funding like Hennepin County’s Transportation Sales and Use Tax is critical to ensuring we continue to grow a modern successful transit system to carry our region into the future.
Funding covers capital costs to build transit lines and also operating costs to run the lines.
The county's half-cent transportation sales tax and $20 excise tax on motor vehicle sales became effective on October 1, 2017. The county adopted a plan on June 13, 2017 to identify eligible uses of this sales tax revenue. See the sales and use transportation tax implementation plan – 2017 (PDF, 1MB)
A public hearing is scheduled for October 16, 2023, to discuss the proposed 2024 Hennepin County Transportation Sales and Use Tax Implementation Plan, which would supercede and replace the 2017 plan. See the proposed sales and use transportation tax implementation plan – 2024 (PDF, 1MB)
The 2023 HCRRA budget is $31.8 million, with a property tax levy of $32 million.
Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority was established in 1980 to preserve, improve and implement local rail service in the county. It has been key to expanding regional transit options and driving the vision for a complete network of successful transitways.
The railroad authority has been a leader in recent major transit improvement projects:
The railroad authority currently owns 55 miles of former railroad corridors for potential future transit use. In the interim, recreational trails have been constructed on all 55 miles – increasing transportation and recreational opportunities for residents. These trails are maintained by the City of Minneapolis or Three Rivers Park District.
Although it is a legally separate entity, the railroad authority’s activities are integrated with Hennepin County projects and initiatives. It works closely with other agencies including the Metropolitan Council, Metro Transit, Minnesota Department of Transportation, and Hennepin County cities.
Collaboration between the railroad authority, other agencies and a variety of public and nonprofit partners promotes transit development.
Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority