Improving commuter bus operations while enhancing 24 blocks of downtown streetscape


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.


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.


  • 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


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

MARQ2 Transitway and Streetscape

Minneapolis, Minn.

City of Minneapolis


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