St. Paul, MN – Minnesota’s transportation network will see better roads and bridges, and necessary transit improvements in greater Minnesota and the metro area, thanks to passage of the Senate’s omnibus transportation bill today.
The bill, which passed on a 36 to 27 vote, brings Minnesota one step closer to the needs outlined in the Governor’s 2012 Transportation and Finance Advisory Council (TFAC) report that outlined specific dollar needs for maintenance and improvements of the state’s infrastructure that would keep Minnesota economically competitive. The bill will provide an additional $600 million annually for the state’s roads additional revenue for local roads and bridges and bolster transit options across the state.
Chair of the Transportation and Public Safety Committee, State Senator Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis) praised the robust investment in Minnesota’s transportation network.
“From the field hearings we held across the state to the testimony we heard at the Capitol, Minnesotans are looking for investments all across the state that reduce congestion, improve road conditions, expand transit options, and build communities that work for all people.
As other states across the country make these decisions, it is clear Minnesota cannot afford to delay and fall behind. We must use dedicated funding for transportation needs, instead of subtracting from other priorities like early education, keeping tuition costs low, or caring for our most vulnerable citizens.”
For more information about this or any legislation, please contact Sen. Scott Dibble by phone (651) 296-4191 or reach him by e-mail at tinyurl.com/SenatorDibbleEmail.