The Greater Minnesota Transit Investment Plan, which was first released in 2009, sets the 20-year strategic direction and investment priorities to increase mobility for transit users.
(Published Apr 2, 2018)
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) released an updated Greater Minnesota Transit Investment Plan on March 27. The plan was first released in 2009 and sets the 20-year strategic direction and investment priorities to increase mobility for transit users.
It supports the state Legislature’s target of meeting 90 percent of the public transit need in Greater Minnesota by 2025. The plan also includes an addendum that outlines how legislative funding changes since the plan was finalized will affect the goal of meeting the target.
The 2017 Legislature’s transportation finance omnibus bill reduced the general fund appropriation to the Greater Minnesota Transit Account for fiscal year 2018 by approximately $16 million. MnDOT estimated the 2025 ridership target for Greater Minnesota transit providers is to support 17 million rides or an additional 4.8 million rides annually, a 40 percent increase in ridership from today. The increase will require an additional 51,000 new service hours each year.
To achieve the 90 percent target, approximately $120 million of additional revenue will be required, or about $5 million per year. MnDOT evaluated the current level of transit service and then developed a service plan and the cost needed to improve reliability, evening, and weekend services—the most significant factors to current and potential riders.
MnDOT provides funding for 36 transit systems in Greater Minnesota. Total operating cost in 2015 was $84.4 million.
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