February 23rd Rochester Event Calls on Legislature to Fully Fund Minnesota’s Transportation Needs Now

For Immediate Release
Contact: Robb Leer 612.701.0608

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Rochester, Minnesota (February 22, 2016) — Led by Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede, local leaders will convene at a press conference on February 23 at 10 a.m. to urge the Minnesota Legislature to increase statewide funding for all transportation modes to connect communities and ensure residents and businesses have safe, efficient options for getting where they need to go.

A new statewide coalition, Transportation Forward, will hold a media event calling for the Legislature to fund a 21st-century transportation system that improves mobility, economic health, and quality of life in Rochester and in communities across Minnesota.

WHO: Mayor Ardell Brede; City Council Member Michael Wojcik; Rochester Public Transit Manager Tony Knauer (invited); We Bike Rochester Board Member Jessica Schmitt, Transportation Forward Chair Dave Van Hattum

WHERE: 2nd Street Bus Stops, on the south side of the Plummer Building between 1st and 2nd Ave SW (weather permitting); alternate location in case of inclement weather: Rochester Public Library, Meeting Room B, 101 2nd St SE

WHEN: Feb. 23, 10:00 a.m.

Rochester government leaders will speak about the importance of better roads, improved transit, expanded bicycling and walking options.

Transportation is increasingly important in a community like Rochester—the fastest growing city in Greater Minnesota—where the population is expected to grow by 50,000 over the next 25 years. Making sure that those new employees and residents have transportation options for work, school, and shopping will be critical to Rochester’s future as an economic, employment, and entrepreneurial engine.

Transportation Forward’s chair Dave Van Hattum said the coalition chose Rochester to remind legislators and residents that transportation is a statewide issue. “In many cases families in Greater Minnesota are faced with limited transportation options and aging roads,” he said. “They need reliable bus service, bridges in good repair, and more walking and bicycling options.”

To ensure Minnesota communities of all sizes can succeed and address these transportation problems, funding is critical. Current funding is not keeping up with a growing population or with rising construction costs, leading to billions in budget gaps, crumbling infrastructure, and an inability to expand affordable, accessible transportation choices.

**Attention local radio/TV and newspaper assignment editors:

Local Transportation newsmakers are available to be booked for interviews, including early morning shows, regarding this Transportation Forward tour stop in Rochester. To make coordinating and scheduling easy and hassle free, contact media liaison Robb Leer at 612.701.0608 or

About Us

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