Support for funding the completion of the Twin Cities transit system, Fresh Energy’s top priority this legislative session, is gaining ground.
Minnesota voters strongly in favor of transit
The Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, and TwinWest Chamber of Commerce released the results of a statewide poll from January 2013. It found strong support for transit and new funding for transit, including the following:
- 79 percent of Minnesota voters said the state “would benefit from having an expanded and improved public transit system, such as rail and buses”
- 65 percent said they find a 0.5 percent increase in the Twin Cities-area sales tax an acceptable way to fund improving transit
- 70 percent support the state dedicating the final $118 million to build the Southwest light rail line from downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie
Watch a recent KARE 11 story about business leaders testifying in support of transit.
Governor’s budget includes transit
Governor Dayton’s proposed budget included $250 million a year in new revenue for transit, and we applaud the governor for recognizing this need. The governor’s proposal is close to the package that Fresh Energy and its diverse set of allies are supporting through the Transit for a Stronger Economy campaign, though we support additional funding for local communities to invest in walking and biking connections and more investment in transit in Greater Minnesota.
Check out Transit for a Stronger Economy on Facebook to learn more and show your support.
Photo: Metro Transit