Improving commuter bus operations while enhancing 24 blocks of downtown streetscape

Challenge

After updating its 10-year transportation plan to prioritize pedestrians and transit over cars, the City of Minneapolis needed to put policy into practice by building a new transitway that increases capacity while improving downtown’s public realm.

Solution

SEH landscape architects collaborated with civil and traffic engineers to redesign 24 blocks of downtown streets into an attractive, highly-sustainable streetscape where catching the bus is easy and enjoyable.

Features

  • New transit shelters
  • Wider pedestrian walkway with color-enhanced concrete
  • Permeable pavers to promote stormwater infiltration
  • Silva Cell Deep Root street tree system
  • Pedestrian-oriented energy-efficient street lighting
  • Artist designed streetscape furnishings
  • Real-time transit information displays

Awards

  • 2010 Seven Wonders of Engineering Awards Competition | Merit Award for Distinguished Engineering Achievement, Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers (MNSPE)

Project
MARQ2 Transitway and Streetscape

Location
Minneapolis, Minn.

Client
City of Minneapolis

Services

  • Community Engagement
  • Planting Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Road and Street Design
  • Stormwater Engineering
  • Streetscape Design
  • Transit