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The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is the University of
Minnesota's school of policy and planning.

State and Local Policy Program

Sustainability and Corridor Planning

With their inherent complexities, corridor projects pose many challenges for planners and designers. At the same, successful corridor development offers many rewards to those community members who benefit from improved mobility, economic growth, and sustainable development, as well as to those planners and officials who are responsible for charting the corridor's course and whose work results in healthier, more livable communities.

Project description

This research builds upon a series of studies on urban transportation corridor redevelopment by the State and Local Policy Program at the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The first study, in 1997, recommended that transportation and community economic development be integrated in corridor planning. Subsequent studies have added examination of innovative methods for public involvement, and culminated in the development of an integrated framework for analyzing transportation corridor development, which recognizes corridor developments affect five areas:

  • Citizen preferences,
  • Governance,
  • Financing,
  • Economic effects, and
  • Design.

The most recent study built upon this framework by examining case studies of urban transportation corridors that are examples of best practices in one or more of these areas. This resulted in a "decision model" that could be used by corridor planners as a guide in their efforts to identify and develop new corridors. Lessons learned have been tailored for use by corridor planning professionals.

Major accomplishments


The efforts and interests of Congressman Martin Olav Sabo supported this research. It began with "IVHS and the Environment: New Models for Federal, State and Local Cooperation in the Application of Advanced Transportation Systems for Environmental Improvements in Urban Areas," 1992-1995.

Several other research projects focusing on creating transportation technology policies that can enhance "community sustainability" have followed this original work.

Contact: Frank Douma, 612-626-9946.