In the Twin Cities, renters are faced with rising rents while also paying steep prices to use, maintain, and park a vehicle. Worse than that, each year renters pay $440 million for parking they don’t use. And as of 2015, one in eight Minneapolis and Saint Paul households didn’t own a car. Even in transit-rich areas, many policies and practices continue to over-emphasize and reinforce driving.
That’s why Move Minnesota is helping landlords and developers update their approach to parking and transportation near the METRO Green Line, one of the region’s fastest and most reliable transit resources. We’re communicating with rental management companies, engaging directly with renters, and redesigning policies to support and improve transportation choices for Twin Cities renters.
Why It Matters
Cars and parking are expensive. They create unnecessary financial burdens for renters, landlords, and developers alike–with mounting environmental consequences for the rest of us. Across the Twin Cities, it’s critical to reduce car trips, increase transportation options, and to ensure people stop paying for parking they will never use. By focusing on renters living along the Green Line, we can improve people’s access not only to the light rail, but also to jobs, social opportunities, cultural institutions, and daily needs along the line. We all benefit with clean air, less traffic, and a better quality of life.
We’re working to decrease dependence on cars and improve the options buildings offer their renters so that people have more money left in their pockets for food, fun, and family.
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