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About the Initiative

Corridors of Opportunity was a broad-based initiative to accelerate the build out of a regional transit system for the Twin Cities in ways that would advance economic development and ensure people of all incomes and backgrounds could share in the resulting opportunities.

It focused on seven transitway corridors that at the time were planned, under construction, or operating in the region. These corridors connect valued local places, institutions and commercial districts to each other and to the entire region.

The Corridors of Opportunity work with the stakeholders along the corridors encompassed nearly two dozen planning and implementation activities that promoted:

  • Transit-oriented development
  • Affordable housing
  • Small business support and investment
  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Demonstration projects, tools and policy studies

Corridors of Opportunity was supported by funding from two national initiatives as well as local sources and was governed by a 26-member policy board made up of top leadership from government, philanthropy, non-profit and private sector interests.