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Studies and Reports

> Orange Line Environmental Impacts & Benefits Report. Public comments on the document are now being collected. Comments can be given by email or U.S. mail. The public comment period ended on Friday, July 1, 2016. All comments were compiled and available to the public. For more information contact: or in the mail to Max Holdhusen, Metro Transit, 560 6th Ave N., Minneapolis, MN 55411.

Appendix A - Corridor & Station Area Maps

> Appendix B - Corridor Environmental Justice Maps

> Appendix C - Concept Designs

> Appendix D - FIRM Maps

> Appendix E - NHIS & USFWS Coordination

> Appendix F - Traffic Study

> Appendix G - Public Engagement Plan

> Appendix H - Unintended Discoveries Plan

> Appendix I - Historic Resources: Area of Potential Effect

> Appendix J - Air Quality Conformity

> Appendix K - 2015 Orange Line Ridership Modeling

> Appendix L - Acquisitions & Relocations

> Appendix M - Hazardous Materials

> Appendix N - Noise Assessment Technical Memo

> Appendix O - Orange Line Planned Station Improvements

> Orange Line Project Plan Update

> All public comments submitted on the draft Orange Line Project Plan Update.

> Orange Line Existing Conditions Report 

> I-494/35W Interchange Vision Layout Development: Bus Rapid Transit Station Concepts Development and Evaluation

> 2013 Orange Line Public Engagement Plan

> I-35W Bus Rapid Transit Study 

> 2040 Transportation Policy Plan 

> Regional Transitway Guidelines

> Orange Line Purpose and Need statement

> Orange Line Extension Planning Document



> Bus-only express lanes in downtown Minneapolis

> I-35W Transit/Access Project 

> I-494/35W Interchange Vision Layout 

> MnPass express lanes

46th Street Station

> I-35W & 46th Street Transit Plan

 Urban Partnership Agreement

> South Bloomington Transit Center


> Metro Transit seeks public input on Orange Line stations, Southwest Minneapolis Patch, November 2016

> Minneapolis OKs new downtown transit ramp, Finance & Commerce, November 2016

> Minneapolis City Council approves connection for Orange Line, Southwest Minneapolis Patch, November 2016

> Orange Line BRT receives funding commitment from transit board, Pioneer Press, August 2016

> Orange Line to put a new emphasis on rapid transitSun Current, June 2016

Orange Line bus rapid transit is on the way, Sun This Week, May 2016

> City Council gives green light to proposed I-35W improvements, Southwest Journal, May 2016

Open houses will provide update on I-35W Transit/Access Project, Southwest Journal, March 2016

> Met Council chairman calls for more collaboration with cities, counties, Star Tribune, February 2016

Metropolitan Council chair to push transit, equity, Finance & Commerce, February 2016

> Metropolitan Council addresses state transportation, KSTP, February 2016

> Rapid bus lines as economic drivers, Finance & Commerce, February 2016

Bus rapid transit projects move forward in the Twin Cities, Star Tribune, September 2015

> Orange Line wins federal approval, Finance & Commerce, November 2014

Burnsville-to-Minneapolis bus rapid transit line gets federal OK, Pioneer Press, November 2014

> New rapid busway for I-35W gets OK from feds, Star Tribune, November 2014

Orange Line BRT secures funding for next two years of development, Finance & Commerce, October 2014

> CTIB plans to up its share of transit costs, Finance & Commerce, July 2014

> Richfield City Council endorses Orange Line, Sun Current, June 2014

> Orange Line plans ready for comment, Finance & Commerce, April 2014

> Open house Monday to hear ideas on the I-494 and I-35W interchange, KSTP, April 2014

Second BRT line to Dakota County is being planned, Star Tribune, April 2014

Input wanted for proposed Orange Line BRT, Star Tribune, November 2013

Route 597: simple steps to an easy commute, Rider's Almanac, November 2013

Route 535: Cutting the car out of the commute on I-35W, Rider's Almanac, October 2013

Plans to upgrade 35W/494 interchange, add transit, subject of open house, Star Tribune, October 2013

Penn and American Phase II nearly ready to break ground, Finance & Commerce, September 2013

> Route 46: students, sanctuary, and synergy in South Minneapolis, Rider's Almanac, August 2013

Metro Transit gives update on faster bus service for Richfield, BloomingtonSun Current, August 2013

Courting developers for the Penn-American District, Finance & Commerce, July 2013

> Route 467: fast growth for a fast commute, Rider's Almanac, June 2013

Orange Line vision coming into focus, Finance & Commerce, May 2013

> MnPass lane use is growing, Star Tribune, March 2013

> Retooled I-35W project would add Lake Street bus rapid transit station, MinnPost, September 2012

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