The Transportation Alliance worked with stakeholders, including MnDOT and the Metropolitan Council, to develop these recommendations for the reauthorization of the FAST Act which expires in 2020. Our recommendations focus on the unmet needs in Minnesota and urge Congress to fix the federal Highway Trust Fund and improve transportation policies to enhance Minnesota’s ability to access federal funds and develop transportation projects quickly and efficiently.

Transportation Funding Options: All the Options Analyzed

Current funding for the maintenance and construction of Minnesota's roads, bridges, transit systems and other modes is insufficient to address the state's growing mobility and safety needs. Several state agencies maintain and analyze transportation finance data for the purpose of developing projections for various transportation funding options. Legislative staff also provide useful analysis on transportation funding trends. In this report, we hope to provide a one-stop source for the latest estimates of funding options that are or could be under consideration by state policy makers.

Local Option Transportation Funding

The Local Options for Transportation Funding Sources for Minnesota Counties is an examination of the local option wheelage tax, the sales tax, the vehicle excise tax and the aggregate tax. The Transportation Alliance and other transportation advocate push for expansion of the authority to all 87 counties.

Report on Major Highway Projects, Trunk Highway Fund Expenditures, and Efficiencies - December 2016

The Major Highway Projects, Trunk Highway Fund Expenditures and Efficiencies report, MHPR, provides a snapshot of MnDOT’s programming and delivery for all large construction projects meeting the cost thresholds laid out in statute. The scope of the report and the information it contains are meant to inform the reader about MnDOT’s business planning, building, operating and maintaining Minnesota’s transportation system.

MnDOT Highway Project Selection: Evaluation Report - March 2016 

In April 2015, the Legislative Audit Commission directed the Office of the Legislative Auditor to evaluate the process by which MnDOT selects construction projects on the bridges and highways under its jurisdiction.

New Local Cost Participation Policy - February 2016

On February 19, 2016 the Governance Council approved the Cost Participation Policy and Manual.

Report on Dedicated Fund Expenditures - January 2016

This report lists detailed expenditures and transfers from the trunk highway fund and highway user tax distribution fund for fiscal years 2010 through 2015, and includes information on the purpose of each expenditure.

New Report Documents Impact of $600M Investment in Highways and Bridges - December 2015

The report makes the case for the direct impact that the quality of the state’s transportation system has on the state’s economy and the business community. (Press Release)

Background on Transportation Funding - 2014

These documents provide basic background information on how transportation is funded currently as well as options for increasing funding.

CAFE Standards vs. A Gas Tax: An Environmental Comparison - 2013

An article published in Forbes earlier this month looks to compare the use of free market taxation over government regulation on promoting fuel efficiency in vehiles.  

The Impact of Federal Funds on Minnesota Transportation Infographic

Money provided by the Federal government is vital to the success of Minnesota's transportation goals. Here are just a few examples of Federally funded projects that have changed the lives of countless Minnesotans.

Investing In Minnesota's Bridges Infographic

Here are some statistics on the condition of Minnesota's bridges. Numbers which may serve as a reminder of why responsible funding for infrastructure is a necessity.

Local Government Options for Transportation Funding - 2013

In addition to revenue provided through the Highway User Tax Distribution Fund, counties have some tools available to them to generate funding at the local level for transportation purposes.

The Wheelage Tax is an annual per vehicle charge that is similar to the license tab fees. Counties have the option of imposing this fee on vehicles registered in their counties or not.  Changes to the law enacted during the 2013 Session made this option available to all 87 counties.

The Local Option Sales Tax for Transportation allows counties outside of the Metropolitan Transportation Area to levy a local option sales tax of up to ½ cent for a transportation project or improvement or for transit operating needs or Safe Routes to School projects.

The Minnesota Transportation Alliance has developed this booklet of information on these local tools including estimates of the revenue that could be generated in each county if these taxes were used.

Roadmap to 2040 - September 2011

The Minnesota Transportation Alliance Long-Range Transportation Plan