Topic: Transportation

MnDOT Surveys Cities as Part of Cost Participation Policy Update

(Published Aug 17, 2015)

The survey asks city officials about their experience with the cost participation policy.

Congress Passes Three-Month Extension of MAP-21 Transportation Funding

(Published Aug 17, 2015)

MAP-21 was first signed into law by President Obama in 2012 to fund surface transportation programs for fiscal years 2013 and 2014.

FAQs: Transportation Funding for Small Cities

(Published Aug 3, 2015)

The first of two state payments intended to help fund certain city transportation projects were made concurrently with July local government aid payments.

State Agencies Seek Public Input for Statewide Pedestrian System Plan

(Published Jul 20, 2015)

The plan will help develop new projects, policies, and programs that will improve the pedestrian environment at the state, regional, and local levels.

Gov. Dayton Signs Bare-Bones Transportation Funding Bill

(Published Jun 1, 2015)

The outcome was a disappointment, particularly because both Democrats and Republicans promised to make transportation a top priority.

Small Cities Funding Provided in Lights-On Transportation Bill

(Published Jun 1, 2015)

This measure is a good start, but has ambiguous provisions that need clarification.

Mayors Make Case for City Street Funding as Omnibus Bills Advance

(Published May 4, 2015)

As the conference committee prepares to convene, cities unite behind legislation that would provide $57 million in new revenue dedicated to city streets.

Divergent Omnibus Transportation Packages Advance in House and Senate

(Published Apr 27, 2015)

The House bill relies on borrowing and shifting general fund revenues, while the Senate version is backed by tax increases and new revenues.

House Transportation Funding Bill Released

(Published Apr 13, 2015)

The proposal focuses on road and bridge investments over transit expenditures, and is funded using existing state revenues.

Bill Prohibits MnDOT from Funding Aesthetic Enhancements

(Published Mar 30, 2015)

League testimony emphasized that transportation projects are an important part of defining a community’s landscape.

Omnibus Transportation Funding Bill Moving in Senate

(Published Mar 23, 2015)

The Senate bill is moving forward with several provisions requested by cities, but the House companion is not expected to be well-received.

Street Improvement District Bill Stalls in First Hearing

(Published Mar 9, 2015)

After a contentious hearing in the Senate State and Local Government Committee, the bill was tabled indefinitely.

Transportation Hearings Scheduled for Woodbury and North Minneapolis

(Published Mar 3, 2015)

The date of March 10 for the North Minneapolis meeting was announced March 3.

MnDOT Seeks Public Input on Statewide Bicycle System Plan

(Published Feb 2, 2015)

The plan will include information about routes for the statewide network, the kinds of facilities that will be developed, and locations MnDOT will invest in.

Governor’s Transportation Budget Released

(Published Feb 2, 2015)

The initiative would raise approximately $11 billion over the next 10 years.

Senate Majority’s Transportation Funding Bill Introduced

(Published Jan 20, 2015)

The plan provides $796 million in new revenue for transportation by 2016, but does not contain a new funding stream outside the constitutional formula for city streets.

MnDOT to Host Second Round of State Rail Plan Public Meetings

(Published Jan 20, 2015)

The plan provides guidance to ensure that efficient, competitive services are available to rail customers and to enhance freight access to local and global markets.

League Board Directs New Transportation Advocacy Strategy

(Published Jan 20, 2015)

The League will support only omnibus transportation funding bills that contain a new state funding source for city streets that is distributed outside the constitutional formula.

Move MN Proposes Transportation Fix

(Published Jan 12, 2015)

The group has outlined a 10-year plan to generate more than $850 million a year for statewide transportation projects.

MnDOT Releases Freight Rail Safety Study

(Published Jan 12, 2015)

The report recommends improvements to some of the most heavily traveled railroad mainlines in the state.

MnDOT Seeks Public Feedback on State Rail Plan Update

(Published Nov 3, 2014)

The state will hold a series of meetings around the state to talk about the rail plan update and gather input.

New Complete Streets Project Report to Document Policy Implementation

(Published Sep 22, 2014)

The submission of MnDOT’s Complete Streets Project Report will be required for all MnDOT construction projects beginning with the 2015 construction season.

Local Road Improvement Program Grant Solicitation Opens Sept. 15

(Published Sep 8, 2014)

Funds will be allocated on a competitive basis for projects that meet the Routes of Regional Significance Account or the Rural Road Safety Account criteria.

New Freight Rail Laws Aim to Improve Safety

(Published Jul 14, 2014)

The new laws, which took effect July 1, will implement stricter oversight of railroad companies.

National Fire Academy Releases Training Guide on Crude Oil Hazards

(Published Jun 30, 2014)

'Coffee Break Training' addresses hazards associated with transporting Bakken crude oil.