Brian Martucci and Kyle Mianulli | The Line Media

PHOTO BY KYLE MIANULL
PHOTO BY KYLE MIANULL

Minneapolis put its best foot forward for the 20th annual Rail~Volution conference, held September 21-24 at the Hyatt on Nicollet Mall. Drawing more than 600 of the nation’s top transit planners and policy-makers, the conference highlighted transit-oriented development, sustainable design and exciting technological innovations happening from coast to coast.

The focus, naturally, was on the Twin Cities, where “the region’s 3.2 million people create a vibrant society,” according to Rail~Volution’s website, using “integrated systems and connections to light rail, commuter rail and bus rapid transit; an expansive bus system; and the…Nice Ride bike share program” to get around. That’s high praise for a conference that began in transit-crazy Portland, Oregon.

Though Rail~Volution spoke to transit users of all ages, this year’s message was clear: Despite Millennials’ propensity for tweeting, selfies and Instagrams of food, not to mention short attention spans, the 14-34 age demographic is reshaping the way cities are built. Read more