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2017 Legislative Session Summary  

2017 Legislative Session Summary

Transportation Bill, Bonding Bill Finally Passed!

After years of advocating and campaigninig for a long-term,comprehensive transportation funding bill, we finally have a bill passed that makes progress in addressing the $600M per year shortfall for roads and bridges in the state.

The Capital Bonding bill contains more money for transportation than we have seen previously. After many years of lobbying to have consistent funding at higher levels for the Local Road Improvement Program and Local Bridge program, this year’s bill provides almost $116 million for LRIP and $49 million for local bridges. The transportation bill contains another $25 million for local bridges for a total of $74 million for local bridges. The bonding bill also provides funding for two transitways.

Although it took an extra four-day special session to get their work done, legislators were able to work with the governor to pass a two-year budget and avoid a government shutdown. For transportation, we don’t have to worry about a special session occurring in June or July – they are done until February 20, 2018

How can you change the future of transportation?  

Transportation in Minnesota is undoubtedly in an age of immense traffic increase. Like much of the rest of the world, vehicles are a must in this 21st century United States culture. What once had only 10 vehicles traveling daily, now has 1,000 vehicles traveling. And what once had only 140 vehicles traveling daily, now has 140,000 vehicles traveling.

Often people do not realize the crucial need to continuously develop and improve our road systems. How can you as a citizen, of not only the United States, but the state of Minnesota, help improve and change the future of Minnesota transportation?

Safety Event  

A Safety Awareness Event held April 19 focused on the critical need for Minnesota to Invest in Transportation Infrastructure to Improve Safety -NOW

The event featured traffic cones placed on the front steps of the State Capitol Building, each representing a fatality that occurred on Minnesota Roadways in 2015.

April was Distracted Driving Awareness Month as well as National Work Zone Awareness Week

Visit the Safety Event Photo Gallery

2017 Session Preview  

Get a preview of federal and state transportation funding legislation by viewing our 2017 Session Preview.

Safety Event Photos  

A Safety Awareness Event held April 19 focused on the need for Minnesota to Invest in Transportation Infrastructure to Improve Safety -NOW

The event featured traffic cones placed on the front steps of the State Capitol Building, each representing a fatality that occurred on Minnesota Roadways in 2015.

Minnesota Bridges  

Did you know that 1,149 Minnesota bridges have been deemed structurally deficient?  Now consider the fact that an estimated 2,436,031 vehicles commute across these bridges on a daily basis. Minnesota has already seen the collapse of a vital bridge in the last 10 years, yet today we still face a severe funding gap in keeping our bridges up to code. The Minnesota Transportation Alliance is putting our best foot forward to gain additional funding and give Minnesota bridges the support they need.

As Minnesota's foremost authority on all issues of transportation, we have the latest information and resources to truly make a difference for our state's bridges and beyond. The more our organization grows, the more of an impact we can create. If the stability of our bridges affects your daily commute, consider helping our cause. Members of our coalition receive resource materials tailored specifically to their interests, giving them the tools to get involved and take action on the issues that matter most.

Minnesota Highways & Roadways  

Minnesota currently has over 141,000 miles of streets and highways, 50% of which are over 50 years old. It is estimated that the state will need an additional $250 million per year for the next 20 years to simply maintain these highways as well as our state’s bridges. The Minnesota Transportation Alliance recognizes the importance of keeping a safe and effective Highway and Interstate system. We work hard to educate our community about the importance of these vital infrastructures and help secure funding for years to come.

Whether your commute is near or far, chances are you utilize state highways on a weekly, if not daily basis. Becoming a member of the Minnesota Transportation Alliance would support Minnesota's foremost authority on all issues of transportation. With your support, we can keep Minnesota Highways safe and up to date. 

2015 - A Critical Year for Transportation  

Transportation, not environment, tops Inhofe's priorities for 2015  Tulsa World

“Transportation and infrastructure are going to be the first thing out of the chute,” he says.
If there is one thing Inhofe cares about more than environmental regulation, it’s transportation. 

For years he has fumed about Congress’ inability to pass a long-term surface transportation bill.
In many cases, fellow Republicans have held up the transportation bill because of the cost. 

Inhofe says the “true conservative” position is to properly fund and maintain the system.

Dayton's to-do list: Transportation, education take priority  Pioneer Press

Gov. Mark Dayton is preparing to go all in on a highway-and-transit upgrade package that could cost drivers a dime or more extra on a gallon of gas and metro shoppers a nickel more on every $10 taxable purchase, a trade-off the Democrat described Monday as vital to a transportation network he sees as choked and crumbling.

Dayton said his formal proposal is still being refined, but he called it one of his top two agenda items for the upcoming legislative session.

As Dayton spoke, he drew a cheat sheet from his pocket with calculations about various funding mechanisms, including a new wholesale tax on gas that is emerging as the cornerstone of his plan.

Higher Minnesota taxes? State legislators undecided  InForum