MINNEAPOLIS – The Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee held a field hearing on Tuesday, March 10 in Minneapolis, taking public testimony on the transportation needs for the metro area. The hearing was the last in a series of public hearings the Committee has hosted across the state to hear from Minnesotans on the future of the state’s transportation network.
Senator Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis), Chair of the Transportation and Public Safety Committee, said, “As Minneapolis continues to grow, so does congestion, the demands on our aging network, and the need for increased transit options. Our transportation network is falling behind on delivering the multi-modal system that the core cities need for continued success, and without dedicated, sustained funding, we will miss out on opportunities that are essential to ensuring equity and economic competitiveness.”
The core cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and inner ring suburbs will face further strain on their transportation networks in the next 15 years. The metro area is projected to grow by approximately 900,000 people by 2040. The pressure of this growth will require a multi-modal transportation network that improves and maintains roads and bridges while expanding transit service and other available options.
“We’ve got to look at what our options are for a strong transportation network that can help draw young people to our state, and help them thrive,” said Sen. Dibble. “We are competing with cities like Denver and Seattle for the highly talented workforce we need to succeed. It’s critical that people have transit options like bus, street car and light rail services that meet these demands, and that our bikers and pedestrians feel safe sharing the road. It is critical for the quality of life for our community, the economic strength of our businesses, and for the equity and access for every person in our region, that we deliver a strong transportation network now and for generations to come.”
For more information on this or any other legislation, contact Sen. Dibble’s office at tinyurl.com/SenatorDibbleEmail or 651-296-4191.