Beginning in June 2006, the City of Hopkins partnered with Hennepin County and heard from residents through open houses and community meetings in order to determine the best methods for development of light rail transit in Hopkins. The findings are compiled in the October 2007 Hopkins Station Area Plan Final Report (PDF) 4.5MB, now being used as a guide for further Station Area Planning.
Downtown Station Planning: Student Work Wins Mn Apa Award
In 2009, three Master of Urban and Regional Planning students from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota completed a study of 8th Avenue S (PDF) as a connector between the future Downtown Hopkins LRT Station and Mainstreet. The study was given the award for Outstanding Student Project by the Minnesota chapter of the American Planning Association.