Midway Airport

The St. Paul Ports Authority, in concert with Metro Transit, has decided to replicate Chicago’s successful example and build a new airport at Midway. Just as Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is on the Blue Line, the new St. Paul Airport at Midway [Airport Code; SPAM] will be conveniently located at the junction of the Green Line and the A-Line, and at the interchange of I-94 and Snelling Avenue. Officials say the existing Midway shopping centers can remain, since their parking lots are already empty enough to land a plane on.


“This is the kind of transit-oriented development that will put street level vitality back into the Midway District” said Foppus Loppet, head of the Midway TOD Planning and Implementation Task Force Alliance (MT PITFall).

Metro Transit expects that the airport, with convenient crosswalks across University Avenue, will add 973 riders per day, depending on the number of flights. It is expected that I-94 will be used as an approach flight way, with flights landing from the West and taking off from the East on the one runway.

The terminal will be an adaptive reuse of Spruce Tree Center, with a jetway across Snelling Avenue to connect to planes on the apron just east of Snelling Avenue.

If this airport is successful, it is expected Transit-Oriented Airport Development (TOADs) will be implemented along all Twin Cities Transitways, making air travel as convenient in the Metro as it is in Chicagoland.

Approval is pending a decision by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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4 Responses to Midway Airport

  1. Bill Lindeke
    Bill Lindeke December 5, 2014 at 7:11 am #

    This is a great idea. It reminds me of many of the great ideas outlined in this amazing book I read about how we will all live in airports in the future: http://www.aerotropolis.com/airportCities/aerotropolis-the-way-well-live-next

    Have you ever seen that Tom Hanks movie about how great living in airports can be? I love Tom Hanks. He’s such an “everyman.” He seems like he’d be a fun guy to have a beer with.

  2. Matt Steele
    Matt Steele December 5, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    Planning a new urban airport? Go big or go home. http://manhattanairport.org/

  3. Dana DeMaster
    DanaD December 5, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    We could use Gibraltar’s airport as an excellent example of mixing pedestrian and air traffic! In Gibraltar, pedestrians and auto traffic cross to the rock, then barriers go up, and planes land. The barriers go away and the ground traffic moves again until another plane lands.

  4. Anne White
    Anne White December 7, 2014 at 5:20 pm #

    This SPAM proposal appears to be a bold follow-up to a traffic study of the Snelling-University intersection that was done in about 2007. I don’t remember the full name of the study, but the acromym was SUCS. All the suggestions were rejected by the community because of adverse effects on the walking and biking environment, and the report was shelved.

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