St. Paul, Minnesota (June 1, 2016) – Transportation Forward, a coalition of transportation stakeholders statewide, released a statement today on Governor Dayton’s proposal for a possible special session to deal with the legislature’s unfinished work on transportation.
“We are encouraged that Governor Dayton is still committed to getting long-term, comprehensive, transportation funding done this year. Given the state’s urgent transportation needs covering multiple modes (e.g. bus, rail, bicycling, walking, roads, bridges), the Governor and legislature should take this opportunity to get the job done. Minnesotans have waited long enough. Costs only rise with delay. Multimodal transportation investments will improve safety, reduce traffic delays (for people and goods), and expand access across the state.
We also support Governor Dayton making ‘funding for metropolitan transit’ a condition for calling a special session. We must have a vibrant metropolitan transit system, including Southwest LRT, other transitways, and expanded bus service, to remain economically competitive, as a region and a state. There are extensive transit needs in Greater Minnesota as well. This makes the best solution one that is comprehensive and statewide.
Voices from across the state, cities, counties, business, labor, community groups and those interested in the health of our citizens and environment, have called for a long-term, comprehensive transportation solution that works for all Minnesotans. Governor Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature should get that job done in a prompt special legislative session.” said Dave Van Hattum, chair of Transportation Forward.
Transportation funding is especially crucial in this legislative session. Current funding lags behind existing needs, a problem that will be exacerbated as the population of the state continues to grow. Whether Minnesota can create affordable, accessible, and well maintained transportation infrastructure will impact economic health and quality of life for residents around the state.
About Transportation Forward
Transportation Forward is a statewide campaign of more than 50 organizations dedicated to building broad support for new investments in all modes of transportation in Minnesota, in the belief that transportation underpins quality of life, the way our communities function, access to economic opportunity, and the health of our residents and the environment. For more information, visit www.transportationforwardmn.org.