Bottineau Transitway

At a Glance:

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date: 2013

Vital Condition: Basic Needs for Health and Safety, Humane Housing, Lifelong Learning, Meaningful Work and Wealth, Reliable Transportation, Thriving Natural World

Determinants of Health: nutrition, active transportation, affordable housing, parks, employment, education, traffic safety, food access, clean air, clean water, physical activity, housing, Safe and affordable public transit

Affected Population: N/A

Research Methods: Focus Groups, Literature review, Qualitative research

Community Types: suburban, urban

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Hennepin County’s Department of Housing, Community Works and Transit (HCWT) conducted an HIA to inform planning decisions on the proposed Bottineau Transitway. The transitway proposal would create a new bus or light rail line extending from downtown Minneapolis through North Minneapolis and into neighboring suburbs. The HIA was coordinated with the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that will serve as a key mechanism for the County in making decisions on the transitway. The DEIS will also serve as the basis for the Federal Transit Administration’s decision on whether to fund the project.


Hennepin County’s Department of Housing, Community Works and Transit has been funded to conduct health and health equity related community engagement around station area planning for the first four proposed stations. Hennepin is working with Nexus Community Partners to reach underrepresented communities. Consulting firms that submit station area plans are required to work with Hennepin and Nexus to ensure broad community outreach and stakeholder engagement.

This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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