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January 2011

Healthy Communities and the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Line

The Central Corridor Light Rail Transit (CCLRT) line will serve as a vital artery between the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, through the historic heart of the Twin Cities. Most of us think of it as a way to improve transit… but, is it possible that the CCLRT and related changes along University Avenue could also impact the health of people who live and work there?

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) collected information on things that can impact community health and quality of life. These “counts” will be useful in tracking the impact of changes that result from the construction of the LRT and related changes on people’s health.

The “counts” included two groups: Core “Counts” (things MDH counted along the entire planned LRT route) and Community “Counts” (things individual communities counted in their specific neighborhood/area). Communities were encouraged to share their ideas for things to count using our Community Counts Form.

Information on environmental contamination sites along the planned LRT route were also evaluated.

The Final Report is now available for use by communities, local planning agencies, businesses and other interested parties. It may be used to guide redevelopment, share resources to address specific issues, improve people’s health or build capacity for future work.

Final Report

Healthy Communities Count! Information Sheet: Healthy Communities and Central Corridor Light Rail Transit

Central Corridor Project Area Map (PDF: 408KB/1 page)

Our Core “Counts” -- list of things MDH is counting along the entire planned LRT route

Community Workshop, Monday, August 17, 2009 -- workshop summary.

Suggestions through the Community Counts Form are no longer being accepted - thanks for the previously submitted ideas!

Archived e-mail updates

MDH Project Staff: Healthy Communities Count! Contacts

Health Communities Count! Outside Links


Updated Friday, January 31, 2014 at 08:36AM