Senate Passes Transportation Supplemental Budget Bill

Budget includes $66.45 million for MnDOT, $10 million to Metropolitan Council, and $3.223 million for the Department of Public Safety 

[SAINT PAUL, MN] — The Minnesota Senate passed House File 5242, the Transportation Supplemental Budget in a bipartisan vote of 36 to 31 early Tuesday morning. The bill, chief authored by Senate Transportation Committee Chair Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis), delivers new funding that improves safety, services, and strengthens Minnesota’s transportation network.

“World-class transportation is essential to letting all people live full lives, connecting communities, and to the economic success of our state,” said Sen. Dibble. “Supporting the transportation needs of Minnesota is a bipartisan issue, and I’m proud of the work we did in our committee that is reflected in our budget bill to improve our environment, safety, services, and invest in mobility, opportunity and access.”

The funding in the supplemental budget includes $66.45 million for the Department of Transportation for services such as state road construction, Corridors of Commerce and high priority bridges, $3.223 million for the Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services, including 22 new driver’s license examiners to eliminate backlogs and waiting times, and $10 million to ensure the success of the Blue Line LRT extension for those near the corridor.

Other highlights of the omnibus budget include but are not limited to:

  • $15.56 million extended so vital trunk highway and local road projects can be completed.
  • $20 million for roads in small cities under 5,000 people that do not receive municipal state aid.
  • $10 million for the Anti-Displacement Community Prosperity Program for affected residents and communities along the Blue Line light rail transit extension project.
  • $500,000 to establish the Lights on Grant Program to provide vouchers from the police to drivers to repair broken headlights and rear lights in lieu of receiving a ticket.
  • Establishes online renewal of driver’s licenses.
  • Puts Minnesota transit agencies on the path of purchasing zero-emission buses.
  • Requires that MnDOT takes over responsibility for constructing transit lines, LRT and BRT, in the Metro Area that cost over $100M, to gain greater efficiency and expertise. Met Council will continue to own, operate and maintain all transit.
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Scott Dibble represents District 61, which includes portions of the city of Minneapolis in Hennepin County.

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