Ward One Newsletter, February 2019

Ward 1 News from Minneapolis Council Member Kevin Reich
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February 2019


Kevin Reich
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-673-2201



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Council Member's Message

As part of my duties as a City of Minneapolis council member, I represent the city on various boards and commissions, including the Metropolitan Council’s Transportation Advisory Board. Every two years that body is charged with approving how the federal transportation funds that our region received are allocated. I am pleased to announce that through the Regional Solicitation process we recently allocated funding for several projects that will have direct positive impact both for our city and for Ward One.

Lowry Avenue from Washington St NE to Johnson St NE was approved for $7 million to fund street reconstruction, allowing for improvements that will upgrade the road surface, increase safety and ease of mobility, and dramatically enhance the pedestrian environment. The City has been actively acquiring properties for the implementation of the Lowry Avenue Plan, so this infusion of funding will allow work to move forward while Hennepin County works on identifying capital resources for the project.

The 37th Avenue reconstruction project was also approved for $7 million in funding. This project being jointly undertaken with the City of Columbia Heights proposes reconstructing 37th from Central Avenue to Stinson Blvd. The planned work will improve the connections between two industrial employment centers while increasing the safety of all users.

HOURCAR was allocated funding to launch a new all-electric carsharing service in the Twin Cities. This new program will provide a fleet of 150 electric vehicles, supported by 70 mobility hubs with charging capacity. Within the 35 square-mile metropolitan service area, most users would be within a five-minute walk of a mobility hub. This is the first time our federal transportation funds have been used for this type of investment and required a completely new category for funding approval as we shift our policies toward a greener transportation system.

Metro Transit’s Route 32, which is a critical east-west transit route connecting Northeast Minneapolis to schools and employment, was allocated $4.3 million for much-needed service expansion.

Each of these projects and initiatives will enhance our transportation network, offering greater safety and expanded modes of mobility.


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