Minnesota's Long-Term Transportation Future in Early Planning

Updated: 12/04/2013 7:34 AM
Created: 12/03/2013 10:43 PM
By: Tim Sherno

The Metropolitan Council and the Minnesota Department of Transportation hosted an open house at the Minneapolis Public Library to discuss infrastructure and transit in the year 2030.

Sue Haigh is Chair of the Met Council, she says Minnesota needs to get competitive, "Our competitors are the metropolitan areas around the country. So when they're investing in new transit systems, that's attractive to young workers, that's attractive to business and employers, it attracts housing and commercial development."

Haigh says the state needs to look ahead and plan ahead, "We're growing, as a region and as a state, and we want to grow. Economic prosperity is absolutely what we're after how we invest in that infrastructure is absolutely critical to our ability to grow successfully."

Charlie Zelle is the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The Met Council estimates the metro population will grow by 900,000 by the year 2040.

MnDot Commissioner Zelle says other cities are leading the way in preparing transportation and infrastructure, "What scares us is that Denver, Salt Lake City, Seatle, they're metropolitan regions similar to ours who are making bold investments."

Zelle says Minnesota will have to make a major investment because the state is getting a late start, "This system that we currently have, requires a lot of funding and we're not keeping up, even with that."


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