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Chicago and Franklin

Chicago & Franklin Station

Chicago & Franklin - Station Plan PDF
Station Consideration Planned Condition*
Chicago & Franklin
Platform location

Southbound: Farside of Franklin, southwest corner

Northbound: Farside of Franklin, northeast corner

In both directions, farside has adequate platform length available and is preferred to maximize transit signal priority potential.

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

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Chicago and Franklin Station. Northbound far side Franklin Avenue on Chicago Avenue. Southbound far side Franklin Avenue on Chicago Avenue.

Station Consideration Planned Condition*
Station spacing

Southbound: About 0.25 mi to Chicago & 24th Street
Shorter station spacing than guidelines due to high-ridership segment.

Northbound: About 0.4 mi to Chicago & 14th Street
Slightly shorter station spacing than guidelines due to high-ridership segment and proximity to downtown.

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

About 820 boardings per weekday

Platform location compared
to existing bus stop
Southbound and northbound: At opposite corner of existing bus stop
Connecting service Routes 2, 9, and 39
Parking changes

Southbound and northbound: 

Reduction of about 2-3 parking spaces, due to the relocation and expansion of existing bus stop zone. Potential for existing nearside bus stop zone to be converted to curbside parking.

Station Consideration Planned Condition*
Curb configuration

Southbound and northbound: Bumpout

Bumpouts will maximize operational efficiency and pedestrian space.

Platform length

Southbound and northbound: 60’ platform

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

​Project coordination: Highway Safety Improvement Project

  • Hennepin County is planning to make safety improvements at the intersection through the MnDOT Highway Safety Improvement Program.

  • The project is currently planned for construction in 2020 or 2021 and will include safety features like curb extensions and signal improvements.

  • Coordination will reduce construction impacts and result in a more compatible design that accommodates both projects and improves the intersection for different road users.

Other station locations considered: Chicago & 18th Street

The 2012 Arterial Transitway Corridor Study (ATCS) included a conceptual Chicago & 18th Street station in addition to the station at 14th Street. This station plan does not include a D Line station at Chicago and 18th Street.

Station Spacing

  • While ridership is substantial at Chicago and 18th Street (about 310 daily boardings), it is only about 900 ft from the recommended Chicago & Franklin station.

  • Not recommending a Chicago & 18th Street station prioritizes improved travel times from stop consolidation.

General Station Concept

  • Station design considerations in 2018-2019 will require coordination to account for any impacts to the adjacent Peavey Field Park and the public art installation at the corner of Chicago and Franklin.