Transportation & Land Use

MnDOT ignores climate change

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has released its draft State Highway Investment Plan. While the plan includes some points of progress, it completely ignores climate change, the need to reduce emissions, and fails to mention any increased risk to MnDOT as more severe storms and heat increase damage to roads.

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Metropolitan Council: Address climate in the Twin Cities

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You might not be familiar with the work of the Metropolitan Council, but the day-to-day business of the Metro area would grind to a halt without it. As the regional government of the Twin Cities, the Council runs Metro Transit, operates the sewer system, and more. Currently, the Council is in the midst of a multi-year effort to create a regional plan—called Thrive MSP 2040—that will guide its work and that of many local governments over the next few decades. So how does climate fit in?

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Following a roller coaster session, transit funding falls short

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The effort to pass a new metro-area sales tax to fund critical investments in transit and biking and walking connections has officially failed for this year. The story of transit in 2013 showcases the highs and lows of trying to pass transformative public investments.

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House action needed now after Senate passes transformative transportation bill

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On May 10, the Minnesota Senate passed a slightly modified version of an earlier comprehensive transportation funding bill 35-27. Fresh Energy supports this bill, which will provide transformative funding for transit, walking, and biking, and needed road funding.

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Transit funding at critical stage after a bumpy month

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This legislative session, policy makers have a unique opportunity to pass a comprehensive transportation bill that funds a transit and transportation system that expands options for the growing number of workers, families, seniors, students who do not drive. As we enter the final weeks of the session, a narrow and winding path remains for the passage of this broad transportation funding package—but it can definitely still happen with your help.

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Take Action: Show your support for transportation for a stronger economy

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Passing a historic funding package to build out the Twin Cities transit system and develop local biking and walking connections is a real possibility this year. However, we cannot take any legislator for granted. Yours needs to hear from you.

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Transit funding fight still on after hitting speed bump; rally at the Capitol on April 17

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After a roller-coaster couple of days (read the week’s recap below), a transportation funding package that includes critical investments in transit, biking, and walking (as well as roads) still has an uncertain future. But we’re urging policy makers to find a way—there are urgent needs for transit and transportation funding in Minnesota.

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