Twin Cities Transit Project

APAC has launched a new project to engage with local planners and officials to improve their city’s transportation options to support the wellbeing of manufactured housing residents. Our particular focus is on the new light rail and bus rapid transit lines that are currently under development.

Transportation is very expensive for many families, particularly those who own a personal vehicle. Access to affordable and reliable public transportation is crucial to providing opportunities to everyone in the Metropolitan region. Currently there are two light rail lines (the Green and Blue Lines) operating in the Twin Cities. In addition, there are three bus rapid transit lines (the Red Line, A Line, and C Line).

Projects in various stages of planning and construction include:

o Blue Line extension
o Green Line extension (Southwest Corridor Project)
o Orange Line
o Gold Line
o Rush Line
o Riverview Line
o B Line
o D Line
o E Line

The expansion of the Metro transportation system presents an important opportunity for APAC and park residents to engage in shaping city policies regarding manufactured and affordable housing. This is an important chance for resident to get involved in the planning process and advocate for the importance of equitable transportation opportunities.

Public transportation is important for residents of manufactured home communities to access:

- Education
- Employment
- Grocery stores
- Entertainment
- Social and Professional connections

General information on upcoming transit lines can be found at:
https://www.metrotransit.org/metro-network

Links to Organizing and Transportation Decision-making Resources

Link to APAC Community Organizing Manual
http://allparksallianceforchange.org/?q=organizing/manual

Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of The President - A Citizen’s Guide to the NEPA: Having Your Voice Heard
https://ceq.doe.gov/docs/get-involved/Citizens_Guide_Dec07.pdf

Minnesota Environmental Quality Board - A Citizen’s Guide: Community Decision-Making Basics
https://www.eqb.state.mn.us/sites/default/files/files/Citizen's%20Guide-ER%20and%20LGUs.pdf

Public Involvement Techniques for Transportation Decision Making
https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/public_involvement/publications/techni...

APAC Report: Resident Opinions on the Rush Line Corridor
http://www.allparksallianceforchange.org/?q=Rush-Line-Report

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.

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!

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.

Transit Corridors Under Development

The transit system is rapidly expanding and now includes both light rail and bus rapid transit. Currently operating are the A Line, C Line, Blue Line, Green Line, Red Line, and Northstar commuter rail.

Projects in Engineering or Construction

Riverview Corridor – A 12-mile modern streetcar transit connecting downtown St. Paul to the south loop district in Bloomington. The line will share tracks with the Green Line in St. Paul and link to the Blue Line near Fort Snelling and continuing through the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Bloomington’s South Loop, and the Mall of America. The project is currently in the environmental analysis phase which will continue through 2022.

***Rush Line Corridor – A 14-mile bus rapid transit route connecting Union Depot in Lowertown, Saint Paul to east side neighborhoods of Saint Paul and the cities of Maplewood, Vadnais Heights, Gem Lake and White Bear Lake. The environmental analysis will wrap up in December of 2020.

Manufactured Home Park Number of Households
Woodlund Mobile Home Park 137
Twin Pine Mobile Home Park 134
North Star Estates 209
Terrace Heights Mobile Home 189
Thirty Twenty Estates 75
Maplewood Mobile Home Court 19
Town and Country 120
Five Star Mobile Estates 250
Rush Line Corridor - Total Households: 1,133

D Line – A bus rapid transit upgrade that will substantially replace Route 5, operating primarily on Chicago and Emerson/Fremont Avenues between Brooklyn Center and Bloomington. Construction will begin in late 2020 or early 2021 pending full funding.

Blue Line Extension - Bottineau light rail – A light rail transit line that will extend the existing Blue Line to the northwest metro through north Minneapolis, Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal, and Brooklyn Park. Construction began on this project in late 2017 and it is scheduled to be opened in 2024.

Green Line Extension - Southwest Corridor light rail – A light rail transit line that will extend the existing Green Line to the southwest metro through Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Eden Prairie. The line will begin operations in 2023.

***Orange Line - A bus rapid transit line that will connect downtown Minneapolis with stations along I-35W in the south metro through Minneapolis, Richfield, Bloomington, and Burnsville. The project includes street and highway improvements, upgraded transit stations, and improved bus routes. The Orange Line is scheduled to open in 2021.

Manufactured Home Park Number of Households
Woodland Terrace Mobile Home Park 70
Southgate Mobile Village 48
Krestwood Mobile Home Park 58
Camelot Acres 1534 319
Rambush Estates Mobile Home Park 223
Sunnyside Acres Mobile Home Park 219
Connelly Community 61
Queen Anne Courts 155
Orange Line - Total Households: 1,153

***Gold Line - Gateway Corridor – A bus rapid transit line that will connect downtown St. Paul to stations in east St. Paul, Maplewood, Landfall, Oakdale, and Woodbury along dedicated bus lanes. The route will run along the I-94 corridor, operating primarily in bus only lanes. The engineering phase, lasting two years, will begin in late 2020.

Manufactured Home Park Number of Households
Beaver Lake Estates 245
Rolling Hills of Maplewood 357
Lanfall Terrace 304
Cimarron MHP 505
Gold Line - Total Households: 1,411

Future Transit Projects

Midtown Corridor – Potential transit investment along either the Midtown Greenway or Lake Street in Minneapolis. This corridor would connect to the blue and green lines at either end, as well as intersecting with the orange line along I-35W.

Nicollet-Central Corridor – Potential modern streetcar investment along Nicollet Avenue and Nicollet Mall in south and downtown Minneapolis, and into northeast Minneapolis.

***Red Rock Corridor – Potential bus rapid transit corridor along Highway 61 in the southeast metro. The project has begun by building an express bus service to build up ridership, with plans to introduce bus rapid transit in the near future.

Manufactured Home Park Number of Households
Southridge Trailer Park 64
Healy Park 39
Skyline Village Mobile Home Park 399
Park Estates 130
Cottage Grove Estates 103
Hastings Mobile Home Terrace 63
Red Rock Corridor - Total Households: 789

Robert Street – Potential transit investment along Robert Street south of downtown St. Paul. Currently both bus rapid transit and modern streetcar projects are under consideration, and communities are considering both options in their comprehensive planning process.

B Line – A bus rapid transit upgrade that will substantially replace the western portion of Route 21, serving Lake Street and Marshall Avenue between uptown Minneapolis and the Midway area in St. Paul. This line will serve one of the slowest transit corridors in the region and improve on regular bus service in the area.

E Line – A bus rapid transit upgrade that will substantially replace parts of Route 6 in the Hennepin Avenue corridor, serving uptown Minneapolis. Busses along the corrido currently make up 45 percent of people traveling by vehicle but only 3 percent of traffic. Construction rapid transit line could begin as early as 2023.

***Highway 169 – Potential highway bus rapid transit providing service to 10 new stations from Shakopee to downtown Minneapolis primarily along Highway 169 and Highway 55.

Manufactured Home Park Number of Households
Sun Valley Mobile Home Park 65
Valley Haven LLP 38
Brandondale 499
Riverview Terrace MHP 236
Bonnevista Terrace 200
Mobile Manor Park 59
Jackson Heights Trailer Park 63
Highway 169 - Total Households: 1,160

***Orange Line Extension – Proposed extension of the METRO Orange Line phase 1 from the Burnsville Parkway Station to the Kenrick Park & Ride in Lakeville, adding two or more stations and approximately five miles to the initial line.

Manufactured Home Park Number of Households
Camelot Acres 1534 319
Rambush Estates Mobile Home Park 223
Sunnyside Acres Mobile Home Park 219
Connelly Community 61
Queen Anne Courts 155
Ardmor Mobile Home Park 339
Orange Line Extension - Total Households: 1,316

Additional Important Corridors being Studied

***I-35W North – This corridor links downtown Minneapolis with communities along I-35W north of downtown Minneapolis. The corridor was studied in the I-35W North Managed Lanes Corridor Study, but the BRT project is not being actively developed at this time.

Manufactured Home Park Number of Households
Arden Manor 285
Lakeside Mobile Home Park 245
Oak Grove Mobile Home Park 121
Townsedge Terrace 236
Mounds View Mfd. Home Community 153
Colonial Village Park 189
Brookside Mobile Home Park 214
Restwood Terrace 276
Paul Revere 156
Baldwin Lake Court 94
I-35W North - Total Households: 1,969

***North Central – This corridor links downtown Minneapolis with communities to the north including Columbia Heights, Fridley, and Blaine. The corridor was studied in the Arterial Transitway Corridors Study by the metropolitan council, but the project is not being actively developed at this time.

Manufactured Home Park Number of Households
Trailer City Park 50
Hilltop Mobile Home Community 170
Hilltop Mobile Home Park 31
SunnySide Manufactured Home Park 35
Fridley Terrace 326
Park Plaza Estates 90
Spring Lake Park Terrace 101
SLP Mobile Home Park 31
Centennial Square 566
Northview Villa 201
Sandpiper Bend 277
Blaine International Village 522
North Central - Total Households: 2,400

Most Influential Routes for Manufactured Housing

All routes which are marked (***) are considered to be the most important for many manufactured home park residents. These routes are planned to run near several communities, and thus have the highest potential to impact a large number of residents. The best way to make sure these projects are serving the needs of everyone is to get involved. Refer to the APAC calendar for relevant project meetings, and come to APAC community meetings to give your opinions and idea

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

  • See the list of Transit Corridors Under Development to find transit lines near you. Stay up to date with project meetings which can be found on project web pages or possibly in APAC's calendar located on the right hand side of this page.
  • See our Way to Become Involved in Transportation Planning 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.

Ways to Become Involved in Transportation Planning

Transportation is vital to insuring access to opportunities for all manufactured home residents. With continued improvements in the transportation network in the metro area, now is the time to act. We recommend that park residents and stakeholders band together to engage in the Bus Rapid Transit projects that are currently being planned in the region. This webpage can be used as an initial resource to help residents get started with their involvement with this process.

Easy ways to get engaged:

  • Review the plans for a transit project near you (see upcoming projects on Metro Transit’s website, or visit APAC’s list of Transit Corridors Under Development).
  • Attend transit meetings on relevant projects to voice your concerns, ask questions, and provide valuable input.
  • Write letters to your City Council and elected representatives (they assume that one letter from you is representative of many more voices in your community who did not take time to write, so even one letter can go a long way).
  • Call your City Council Member, City Planner, Community Engagement Representative, and elected representatives and advocate in support of new transit projects.
  • Inquire about joining project committee meetings.
  • Sign up for project updates and newsletters.
  • Engage with your neighbors and organize local groups – schedule meetings and get the word out!
  • Start a resident association for added impact.
  • Identify specific elements of the transit plan (route, station area planning, bus connections, etc.) that you find important and engage with the committees who oversee them.
  • Identify a community liaison and teams that organizes resident engagement with the planning process across parks. Activities could include delivering flyers, maintaining contact lists of actively engaged residents.

Please review the links below for further information and feel free to contact us by email (info@allparksallianceforchange.org) or by phone (651-644-5525) for additional guidance on how to get involved.