Transportation

Waterfront Trail Biking

Duluth is an active and fast moving city and there are many moving pieces that bring the city to life. From bikes to trains, hiking to cargo ships, and everything in between, transportation in all its forms is vital to the health of people, the environment and the economy. It’s what connects us to each other, and links us to the wider world.

At the start of Imagine Duluth 2035, the transportation focus group identified a list of research questions which can be found here.  After conducting two focus groups and researching data related to the questions, the following Draft Policy Statements have been created:

  • Lower infrastructure costs: To minimize construction and long-term maintenance costs, prioritize areas for development and redevelopment that maximize use of Duluth’s existing infrastructure. Existing streets should be rightsized to accommodate needs of users and, as they are reconstructed, should be evaluated for narrower lanes or road widths, or other strategies that will lower costs of both the road and stormwater infrastructure.
  • Improve street conditions for all users: An asset management approach should be used to extend the life of existing infrastructure, and the City’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) should address long-term reconstruction of roads in the worst condition; both of these need to be tied to a sustainable street funding mechanism and should prioritize streets used as transit lines, bike routes, or concentrations of pedestrians (such as near schools and commercial centers). Street design should include safety considerations for all modes.

  • Increase multimodal options: Transportation choices that enhance the health of the community and provide transportation access for all will be prioritized over single-mode travel. Duluth’s transportation system shall include transit, biking, and walking as viable choices that are also safe and convenient.

  • Support city and neighborhood vitality: Transportation decisions should contribute to citizens’ and visitor’s quality of life and enhance the image of Duluth as an urban, progressive, outdoor city. Public investments should support private reinvestment in housing stock, neighborhood commercial districts, employment centers, and new mixed use areas.

  • Protect and enhance regional and freight transportation: Transportation planning in Duluth needs to recognize the importance of air, rail, water, and highway transportation.

  • Improve connections in downtown and Canal Park: Travel to and within these areas can be challenging in busy tourist seasons and during large events, and impacts quality of life as well as visitors’ experience. Congestion, parking, and wayfinding need special emphasis in this area of the city.

At the next meeting, the Focus Group will help identify specific recommendations and implementation steps for these policy areas.

 

Meeting Agendas and Summaries

 

Next Meeting: June 7, 2017 

5pm, City Hall, Room 303

 

March 8, 2017

October 11, 2016

 

Previous Transportation Plans

Duluth-Superior Port Land Use Plan Update 
Lincoln Park Multimodal Study
Safe Routes to School Update - Myers-Wilkins Elementary & Lincoln Park Middle Schools
Long Range Transportation Plan - Connections 2040
DLH Air Service/Air Cargo Leakage & Expansion Analysis
Human Services Coordinated Transit Plan
Duluth 6th Avenue East Traffic Study 
Duluth Grand Avenue/Hwy 23 Corridor Study
Intersection Control Evaluation (ICE) for the Duluth Area
Duluth-Superior Cruise Ship Terminal Feasibility Study
Central Entrance Corridor Study
N Minnesota/N Wisconsin Regional Freight Plan
UMD/CSS Area Transportation Study
Downtown Duluth Modal Connections Study
Endion Land Use and Transportation Plan
Munger Trail to Lakewalk Connector Plan
Transportation Systems Management (TSM) Assessment of MIC Roadways in Minnesota
Erie Pier Management Plan
Safe Routes to School in Duluth 2006
Duluth Heights Traffic Circulation Study
Rice Lake Road Corridor & Traffic Impact Study