Central Minnesota Commuter Study
District 3 - 2012 Final Report
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Northstar Commuter Rail Station in Big LakeCentral Minnesota’s population and economic growth warranted the need to explore additional transportation alternatives to accommodate the needs of commuters. District 3 conducted a Commuter Needs Study to determine how best to improve the area’s public transit, park-and-rides, and car pool programs. 


The focus area included 12 counties in central Minnesota:


  • Benton
  • Cass
  • Crow Wing
  • Isanti
  • Kanabec
  • Mille Lacs
  • Morrison
  • Sherburne
  • Stearns
  • Todd
  • Wadena
  • Wright

The study includes an extensive inventory of existing services and programs. Public outreach was an integral part in gathering input; this included  phone surveys, interviews, open houses and focus groups.




Executive Summary
Demographic and Employment Characteristics of Study Area
Existing Transportation Services
Regional Transportation Infrastructure
Understanding Existing Commutes and Opportunities in the Region: Survey Results
Regional Commute Patterns
Regional Commuter Goals and Objectives
Regional Transportation Toolbox and Performance Measures
Commuter Services: Demand Evaluation of Corridors
Park-and-Ride Lots
Regional Rideshare Concepts and Standards
Defining Preferred Alternatives
Financial Strategy
Implementation Considerations



Technical Advisory Committee (A)
Supportive Transit Information (B)
Highway Data (C)
Park and Ride/Pool Data and Inventory (D)
Telephone Survey Instrument (E)
Park and Ride Survey (F)
Employer Survey Instrument (G)
Major Employers (H)
Summaries from Public Focus Groups and Employer Meetings (I)
Park-and-Ride Facility Development Guidance (J)


Central Minnesota Commuter Study, Minnesota Department of Transportation, District 3, July 2012




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