Overcoming Statewide Challenges
Without immediate action on transportation, Minnesota will fall behind— businesses and families will have higher costs, companies will lose top workers to other markets, and communities will struggle to ensure access to jobs, services, and opportunity for all residents, from seniors to new arrivals to the next generation.
We’re seeing the positive results of spending on transit (bus and rail), but transit doesn’t reach most homes, jobs, or services. In communities of every size, funding for transit does not meet demand, leaving people stranded everyday.
Residents of every age, from school children to seniors, lack safe ways to cross streets on foot or ride bicycles to nearby destinations. Increasingly, the lack of these options affects community health and vitality, from rising rates of obesity to the ability of towns to attract tourists and keep young workers.
In towns & cities, local streets and bridges are at the end of their life cycle and need to be upgraded, while increasing freight traffic affects mobility for everyone. Rebuilding these systems should reflect the ways people choose to get places today—driving, transit, walking, and bicycling.