2018 Legislative Priorities
In 2017, with your support, our Transportation Forward coalition played a big role in stopping devastating transit cuts proposed at the State Capitol and helped secure $70 million in new one-time money for transit in the metro area.
This year, we’re making change by focusing our advocacy on:
The big picture! Fully funding transit and active transportation options statewide to ensure our vision of a connected Minnesota becomes a reality. The major funding cliff Metro Transit is facing in 2019 is a key barrier—and one of our top concerns.
Defensive action against proposals that threaten transit or active transportation. Right now, multiple bills are cause for concern, including several that would lead to cutbacks in funding for transit options.
New capital investments to advance transit, bicycling, and walking projects in the metro and across the state—including an overdue Metro Transit bus garage, build-out of the bus rapid transit network, and Safe Routes to School.
Opportunities for policy change that will improve safety for people walking and biking and improve bike-walk projects throughout Minnesota.
Other issues we’re watching include:
- A pre-emptive statewide ridesharing policy
- Changes to the Met Council, with implications for transit in the metro
- MnDOT’s contract funding process for Greater Minnesota transit
- Mileage reimbursement for the volunteer drivers that help fellow residents get around in Greater Minnesota
Check our Bill Tracker for the latest activity on key transportation legislation. Note that coalition positions on specific bills may evolve over time as legislation evolves.