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Gov shutdown info  

Transportation and the shutdown

Alliance in the News  

The Transportation Alliance, along with our partners, is working to jump on opportunities to publicize the loss of jobs in the private sector as well as the 22,000 state workers who have been laid off.  In addition to a column in Finance & Commerce, we’ve recruited some of our members to speak out at press conferences.  Bob Struve with American Engineering Testing was quoted in a story on MPR as part of a press event hosted by the Blue/Green Alliance. Bill Bennett from LHB, Inc.

Transportation plan  

We need your input!  We’re working to develop a plan for improving the transportation system…

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Minnesota’s Transportation System – 2040

We need your input!  We’re working to develop a plan for improving the transportation system all across the state.  We want to identify priority projects that our members believe need to be built by the year 2040. Some projects may be needed and are doable in the short-term – over the next 10 years – and some are more long-term projects.

Help us develop a map that shows Minnesotans the kind of multi-modal transportation system we could have by 2040 with additional revenue.

Sorel to Head Mn/DOT  

Governor-Elect Dayton has chosen Tom Sorel to continue as MnDOT Commissioner under the new administration.

We look forward to continuing to work closely with MnDOT on transportation issues heading into the next session.

Transportation Day at the Capitol  

More Pay Lanes  

MnDOT is floating the idea for the first time of charging carpools and motorcyclists, or raising the carpool-for-free threshold to three people, depending on congestion levels.In a new report, the department claims success with transit-toll express lanes on I-394 and I-35W and proposes an additional 167 miles of MnPASS lanes in the next 20 years.The Minnesota Transportation Alliance, a road and transit advocacy group, said MnDOT should keep planning bigger road expansion projects even if the state doesn't have the money now.Full story

Jobs Creation  

How Washington Could Create Jobs

About 14.8 million people are unemployed — an increase of more than 7 million since the recession began. And as slow as Congress has been to act while Democrats controlled both chambers, an increasingly divided political landscape after the election is expected to create an even worse logjam in Washington.

 

Spending on infrastructure is one way to help create jobs, and it might enjoy political support, said Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody’s Analytics, an economic and financial research firm.

Analysts have found that spending on infrastructure has a relatively high payoff in terms of boosting the overall economy. Another major point in favor of additional infrastructure spending: It would help some of the workers who have been most hurt in the recession, such as construction workers.

Transp Challenges  

Transportation Challenges Highlighted at Forum

Southwest Minnesota could reap a lot of benefits by filling in "the doughnut" - the blank spot on the map of Minnesota's four-lane highways, area transportation representatives said Monday. The problem is the region doesn't have enough money to maintain all the highways it already has.

"That makes it tough," Patrick Weidemann of Minnesota Department of Transportation District 8 told audience members at Monday's regional meeting of the Minnesota Transportation Alliance.

The issue of transportation infrastructure is closely tied to jobs and the economy, especially in southwest Minnesota, said Margaret Donahoe of the Transportation Alliance. "The economy is really reliant on transportation systems to move goods, and to move people," Donahoe said. Improving the infrastructure also improves safety.