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Healthy Communities and the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Line

The Central Corridor Light Rail Transit (CCLRT) line serves 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 key partners in this project and were encouraged to share their ideas for things to count.

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

The Final Report is 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.

The Final Report may be downloaded in full or by section:

Full report: Healthy Communities Count! Indicators of Community Health along the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit (LRT) Route (PDF: 6,633KB/90 pages)

Healthy Communities Count Information Sheet:(PDF: 144KB/1 pages)

Report text only: (PDF: 987KB/23 pages)

Counts only: (PDF: 3800KB/40 pages)

Appendices only: (PDF: 2141KB/27 pages)

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


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Updated Monday, February 09, 2015 at 09:21AM