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44th Avenue & Penn-Oliver area Station

44th Avenue & Penn-Oliver area - Station Plan PDF
Station Consideration Planned Condition*
Intersection 
location
44th Avenue & Penn-Oliver area
Platform location

Southbound and northbound:
On 44th Avenue between Penn and Oliver; quadrants to be determined

Platform locations within the 44th Avenue and Penn-Oliver area will be determined in coordination with Hennepin County’s 44th Avenue/Webber Parkway reconstruction design process.

Hennepin County is planning to reconstruct 44th Avenue/Webber Parkway in 2020. The identification of platform locations will be determined as project design advances in 2018.

*Final conditions to be developed during the engineering/design process.

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44th Avenue and Penn - Oliver area Station. Platform locations will be determined in 2018.

Station Consideration Planned Condition*
Station spacing

Southbound: About 0.5 mi to 44th Avenue & Humboldt-Girard area
Within guidelines of about half-mile station spacing.

Northbound: About 1.1 mi to Brooklyn & 51st Avenue
Longer station spacing than guidelines due to lower-ridership segment, lower-density land uses, and presence of railroad overpass.

Existing ridership within
a block, or about 1/8 mile
(Fall 2016)

About 100 boardings per weekday

Platform location compared
to existing bus stop

Southbound: To be determined; existing bus stop farside of Penn on southeast quadrant

Northbound: To be determined; existing bus stop nearside of Penn on northeast quadrant

Connecting service Routes 19, 721, 724
Parking changes

Southbound and northbound: To be determined.

Parking changes dependent upon coordination with Hennepin County’s 44th Avenue/Webber Parkway reconstruction project design process.

Station Consideration Planned Condition*
Curb configuration

Southbound and northbound: To be determined.

Curb configuration dependent upon coordination with Hennepin County’s 44th Avenue/Webber Parkway reconstruction project design process.

Platform length

Southbound and northbound: 60’ platform.

Platforms will be designed to accommodate a 60’ BRT vehicle.

Project coordination: 44th Avenue/Webber Parkway reconstruction project

  • Hennepin County is planning to reconstruct 44th Avenue/Webber Parkway from Penn to Fremont in 2020.

  • The identification of platform locations is not feasible until reconstruction project design advances in 2018.

  • In coordination with Hennepin County, staff has determined that D Line platforms are generally feasible on 44th Avenue between Penn and Oliver. The City of Minneapolis also supports the placement of a D Line station in the 44th Avenue and Penn-Oliver area. Design considerations will include bicycle-transit interactions in an effort to maintain bicycle facilities throughout the length of the 44th Avenue reconstruction project.

  • To minimize disruption, construction of D Line platforms will be coordinated with the 44th Avenue/Webber Parkway reconstruction project to the extent possible.

 

Other station locations considered: Osseo & 47th Avenue

The 2013 Arterial Transitway Corridor Study addendum (ATCS) included a conceptual Osseo & 47th Avenue station. This station plan does not include a D Line station at Osseo and 47th Avenue.

Station spacing and ridership

  • The D Line planning process does not include an Osseo & 47th Avenue station because a station is recommended at 44th Avenue & Penn-Oliver. The commercial node in the 44th Avenue & Penn-Oliver area was prioritized before seeking other alternatives farther north. A combination of lower transit demand, limited available space at Osseo & 47th Avenue and the surrounding intersections, and proximity to the Penn-Oliver area limit the feasibility of building a second station within the area.

  • If a 44th Avenue & Penn-Oliver station had been deemed technically infeasible, the D Line station planning process would have continued to explore a station option in the Osseo Road and 47th Avenue area. Several potential stations along Osseo Road between Penn Avenue and the CP Rail overpass were considered within the final C Line Station Plan. These options continue to be restricted in their constructability due to the limited available space in the current configuration of Osseo Road, where sidewalks are narrow or missing entirely, and the right of way is narrow. 

  • Transit customers in this area will access the D Line at the 44th Avenue & Penn-Oliver area station.

Potential future opportunity

  • In its comments on the draft D Line Station Plan, the City of Minneapolis commented that Metro Transit should "look for future opportunities to include a station in this segment."
     
  • Hennepin County has programmed Osseo Road between Penn Avenue and 49th Avenue in its five-year Capital Improvement Program. A specific year for improvements is unknown. However, Hennepin County staff anticipates construction activities to occur around the 2022/2023 timeframe. This reconstruction project will present an opportunity to investigate the potential to construct rapid bus platforms within the project limits. Metro Transit will pursue coordination with Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis to further discuss project details.
 

Other station locations considered: 44th Avenue & Morgan

Station spacing

  • A 44th Avenue & Morgan station is not included because of the feasibility of a 44th Avenue & Penn-Oliver station. If building a station near the intersection of 44th Avenue and Penn had been deemed technically infeasible, a station at Morgan would be a candidate for siting a station in this area.

  • Access to the D Line to/from Patrick Henry High School (about two short blocks away) will be comparable to C Line access.

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