Transportation and Your Community

Who makes decisions about transportation?

Transportation in Minnesota is overseen by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, a cabinet-level agency of the state government. MnDOT is responsible for planning, developing, and maintaining systems of ground, water, and air transportation. The Metropolitan Council also has a significant role in transportation (particularly in the seven-county metro area) since the state's principle airport and almost all north-south through railroads and long-distance four-lane freeways in Minnesota go to or through the Twin Cities.

Launched in January 2011, Corridors of Opportunity is a broad-based initiative involving state, regional and local government, philanthropy, non-profit organizations, and business. It is focused on accelerating the development of the region’s transit system and providing new opportunities for nearby development to connect people of all incomes and backgrounds to jobs, housing choices, recreation and services. One goal of this initiative is to ensure that all residents — particularly underrepresented and marginalized communities (low-income, communities of color, immigrant communities, persons with disabilities) — participate in transitway planning.

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How can transit planning effect manufactured homeowners?

There are a number of impacts transit planning may have on manufactured homeowners, if the planning process reflects your needs and concerns.

Transit takes pressure off of transportation development

  • For an example, in the 1950’s the development of the Rondo neighborhood that went through gentrification and an intrusion of a highway (I – 94) displaced over 10,000 people.
  • At present, many areas with manufactured home parks have also gone through urban renewal and redevelopment project Ex. (input manufactured home park here)

The use of transit may enrich your life and meet basic needs of transportation

  • Work places, school, shopping districts, expanding your communication with your community
  • Connecting with opportunities in a larger community

Getting Your Voice Heard

  • Overcome the park prejudice & stereotypes that has been developed over the years by becoming civically engaged
  • Get involved with transit meetings to have a hand in where future stops should be planted

How to get involved

  • Stay up to date with Rush Line Corridor, Gateway Corridor, and Red Rock Corridor meetings, which can be found on their web pages or possibly in APAC's calendar located on the right hand side of this page.
  • Come to APAC community meetings where we will also find time to discuss how transit and you, as a manufactured park homeowner, can give your opinions and ideas.

MnDOT Seeks Input from Highway 169 Users

Highway 169 Mobility Study

If you are a park resident who lives or works in the west Twin Cities metro area, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is seeking input on how mobility and transit options can be improved on Highway 169. This information will help MnDOT make decisions about the future design and operation of Highway 169. All participants who complete this survey will have a chance to win one of two $25 VISA gift cards.

Your feedback is needed!

Participate in the survey online.

For additional information, here is the link to the study website.

REPORT: Resident Opinions on the Rush Line Corridor

Rush Line Corridor:
Connecting Manufactured Home Parks to Opportunities

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The Rush Line Corridor is an 80-mile travel corridor between St. Paul and Hinckley, consisting of 23 urban, suburban and rural communities linked by a common need to be mobile and connected. The Rush Line Corridor Task Force is a 23-member board of city, county and township elected officials. The task force is now conducting a Pre-Project Development (PPD) Study to analyze bus and rail alternatives within the 30-mile segment between Forest Lake and Union Depot in downtown St. Paul.

As the planning process develops, the transit habits and potential needs of people living in manufactured homes along the corridor should be considered. The full corridor runs through 10 cities with 27 park communities and 2,779 households. The 30-mile segment under review run through five cities (Forest Lake, Hugo, Little Canada, Maplewood, and Vadnais Heights) with 8 parks and 1,133 households. This is generally a marginalized group of people with low incomes and limited access to resources.

The Rush Line project could be a boon for residents, depending on stop placement, route, and type of transit. The research report has two parts: an analysis of 2013 5-year American Community Survey (ACS) data on resident transportation uses along the proposed transit corridor, and a survey of residents regarding their needs, opinions, and what would encourage residents to use public transportation in the future.

Rush Line Corridor

What is the Rush Line Corridor?

The Rush Line corridor is an 80 mile distance between Hinckley and St. Paul slated for increased public transit service. The 24-member Rush Line Corridor Task Force has been assembled to examine the options available to expand transit based economic development, community preservation, and environmental protection. The Rush Line Corridor ultimately connects suburban communities and rural cities with metropolitan areas.

Proposed Rush Line Route

How does the Rush Line Corridor affect manufactured home park residents?

Transit based development in the area can provide much needed access to employment and local businesses at a much lower cost for consumers. The Rush Line Corridor has the potential to benefit manufactured home park residents in several ways, however, the short answer is that it’s up to you. Public involvement within the manufactured home park community along the proposed Rush Line Corridor is an essential component in maximizing the positive affect for residents. The population along the corridor is expected to increase by 43% between 2000 and 2030. Learn more about the Rush Line Corridor

How do I get involved?

Regardless of the method you choose, you must get involved in the Rush Line initiative as your participation is essential in shaping the direction of the project. Conventional and creative opportunities will be available for residents to participate in the Rush Line planning process. Traditional options include open houses at existing transit centers whereas more creative methods include web-based feedback. Please visit Rush Lines get involved page or contact APAC for additional details. Get Involved!