The results are in - transportation is important to us all!
Many of you have taken the time to tell us why the mutlimodal transportation system is important to you and your quality of life by attending a Town Hall meeting or completing a form on this website. Here's what we've been hearing. Add your voice.
Transportation is important to me because...
March 4, 2014
MULTI-MODAL TRANSPORTATION VISION
Public entities responsible to plan, fund, and provide the citizens of Minnesota with a state-of-the-art multi-modal system need to utilize advanced information technologies to a much greater degree than currently available to the â move orientedâ Minnesota transporting public.
Examples of improved methods for efficiently moving people and their modes of transportation to and from their homes abound, and should be adjusted to fit into Minnesotaâ s unique four-season climate environment. Advancements in applications information technology to extend â user feeâ funding options would be an excellent place to start. A February, 24-March 2, 2014 article in Bloomberg Business week magazine describes the Uber companyâ s software system that allows customers to book taxi rides via their smart phones, track the vehicle on a map, and pay for the ride from the customerâ s pre-loaded credit card. Built into the software model is an adjustable pricing mechanism that allows for â surgeâ pricing, elevated rate charges during periods of high demand, effectively matching higher operating costs to increased revenue.
Minnesota and, particularly, the Minneapolis/St Paul metropolitan region, could transition to a transportation funding mechanism that uses modern technology to automatically raise future funding by equating user fees with costs to operate our transportation systems.
A worthy goal should be to create twin downtown business/entertainment/employment centers devoid of personal automobiles that burn â fossilâ fuels and end the air pollution they create.
Seeking out â best methodâ approaches at the state and metropolitan levels of transportation institutions for a variety of federal/state/local programs currently inefficiently operated, due to not utilizing accepted private enterprise management practices, would create a model for other states to emulate.
A future Minnesota with abundant state and county parks, laced with pedestrian and bicycle-friendly dedicated paths, arrived at on well-maintained highways, that have safe bridges and off-ramps, that contribute to a safe, sober, and relaxing leisure time experience is my vision of a healthier, enlightened Minnesota in 2064.
â The longest journey is started with an initial first step, let us start our journey to a modern transportation dream, now in 2014
Tim McDevitt Carlson School of Business, 2009 St Paul, Minnesota
January 13, 2014
Transportation is important to me because: Transit is important because it is a cleaner, healthier, safe means of getting around in the Twin Cities. We see too many accidents on our highways in the winter when the first snowfall hits. Many, many car pile ups. Do people really not remember how to drive in winter weather each and every year. I am a non-driver. Never learned to drive because of medical issues. I feel safer when I ride the Light Rail Train and the bus. There are many buses that get me where I need to go most of the time. It is the connecting service of Mpls. and St. Paul that can take time to get to and from..... that is why I am happy that our legislature, at least a handful of them are seeing how important the light rail system is for transit riders when getting from point A to point B is not a simple trip. To be able to connect all area of the Twin Cities for transit riders is a good thing. It is beginning to happen with the completion of the Green Line/Central Corridor LRT line. going all the way from downtown Mpls to Downtown St. Paul is beyond belief that is going to happen! I am so excited about it. I am with Transit for Livable Communities and a long time active member of 10 years, speaking up for the needs of transit riders. I saw the hard work of TLC to prove that a light rail system can work and is working high ridership on the blue line/Hiawatha light rail. I conntinue to have hope that we are in high demand to pushing our ytransit system even further for supportors and riders that depend on the transit system to get around as I do. I fight for seniors and disabled people like myself to have the rights to have a good transit system that works for tem. One that they and I can depend on and rely on to get me where I need to go. We need to step away from congested highways that only cause problems the more congested that they are getting. Adding on new lanes to our freeway system is not solving the problems of our Transit system. It only adds to the already congested roads. Have you ever wondered how so many more cars are on the roads soon after the new lanes are added? Where are all of these people coming from that were not there before. If the new lanes were not there at one time those cars that are there now were not there either. Just stop for a moment and think about that. So many more people are choosing to ride the light rail system but, why add more feeway lanes to what is already a congested headache? Transit for Livable Communities is trying to solve the headaches of the highways and our legislators are turning around with more highway projects every year to add to the problems of the road.
January 9, 2014
We are â All Aboard Minnesotaâ , a newly formed nonprofit citizen organization, dedicated to the development of fast, comfortable, frequent intercity passenger train services within our state and region. We believe that modern passenger trains are vital to our state and regions future economic prosperity and mobility.
Our position is that trains provide superior passenger comfort and convenience, with high fuel efficiency and a limited environmental footprint. Decades of public investment in road and air transportation have created an unbalanced transportation system, which is becoming uneconomic to maintain and expand. We believe that given a real choice of fast frequent trains to multiple state and regional destinations, Minnesotans would embrace rail travel. Passenger train service has already proven itself in Illinois and Michigan. Illinois recently doubled train frequency between Chicago and St. Louis and saw trains fill up overnight! When President Obama saw this, he became a real believer in passenger train development. Both states started by developing a conventional 79 MPH system and are now building a 110 MPH system on that foundation. We believe this is the best, most cost effective, transportation strategy for Minnesota.
All Aboard Minnesota advocates the following priorities:
1. Adding a second 79 MPH service between the Twin Cities and Chicago on a daytime schedule alternating with the current Empire Builder. Passenger demand on this route is already exceeding current capacity.
2. Once this is established, work on extending the train from Minneapolis to Fargo. This would be the easiest service to add across the state, given that the Empire Builder already operates on the line. It would serve St. Cloud and Moorhead, along with easing capacity constraints on I-94. It would use the same train equipment already provided for the Chicago service. We believe this corridor would have just as much ridership as service to Duluth.
3. Adding service from the Twin Cities to Duluth and Rochester are future goals, which we support.
4. Acquiring a mainline route between Minneapolis and St. Paul for passenger train service should be a top priority. Given the increase in freight train congestion, if we are going to have a successful intercity passenger rail system, we need a dedicated passenger train route between the cities. An opportunity exists to acquire the Canadian Pacific mainline between Midway Station and St. Paul Union Depot. This route would allow all trains to flow through St. Paul Union Depot, rather than having to back in to the depot using alternative BNSF lines.
Our initial research shows that the BNSF Midway Sub (former Great Northern) mainline from Midway Station to Minneapolis Junction was once a 4-5 track mainline and the right of way still exists. We believe there is an opportunity to acquire the right of way for 2 of these tracks for a through passenger mainline via Midway and onto the CP to St. Paul. We understand that BNSF is thinking of reconfiguring this line to add capacity, as the extra track space is currently used for yard storage tracks today. We need to act soon before this opportunity evaporates and partner with the BNSF on redevelopment of this line.
More information about All Aboard Minnesota can be found on our website: http://www.allaboardmn.org/ We are eager to be a resource for MNDOT to help develop an intercity passenger train system in our state. We would be happy to meet with you to discuss these matters
- The rumble strips along the beautiful North Shore are disliked by many. The residents dislike the constant noise pollution. The vacationers who come to the North Shore for peace and quiet both along the highway and while biking, camping and hiking along the Lake are upset/dismayed by the constant noise. Please use the money allocated for this project for other MDT projects. I read constantly about the huge budget problems of MDT: 50% of highways have pavement more than 50 years old and 35% of bridges are that old Please do all that you can to rerun our treasured North Shore to what it has been: a place of beauty, peace and quiet.
- Transportation choices save us all time, help reduce carbon emissions and makes Minnesota more competitive.
- I think we need to take climate change seriously and develop a robust transit system that would lower green house emissions. I also think transit is important for many of our metro area workers.
- My not using the car is especially important to our children's and grandchildren's generations. We must reduce carbon emissions. Public transportation is necessary for that. All bus lines should have frequent runs -- at most 20 minute intervals -- if they are to be used by non-rush-hour traffic. I keep a bus card in my wallet. Of the two bus routes near my house, I use mainly the #3 because its frequent runs allows me to just show up on the corner when I'm ready. The #87, on the other hand, always requires a lookup on the schedule and care to not miss its hourly run -- and does it run at all on weekends?
- I cannot attend a transit meeting because (1) I can't drive after dark. (2). Busses do run withing 2 blocks, but in the winter the hill I would need to walk, waiting for the bus in the cold, returning after dark and walking back on dark streets are not an option for someone who is 78. (3) Cabs are just too expensive for routine use.
- As a resident of McLeod County I have been hoping and praying for the Southwest LRT to come out to Eden Prairie. I work in Minneapolis and this train would greatly improve my quality of life not having to deal with the overwhelming traffic burden on the highways from about Eden Prairie all the way to work. Sometimes it is backed up near Chaska on 212. Please work to get this train started. Thank you! Brad Engelmann, Glencoe MN.
- It provides access to opportunity - school, work, recreation. It also provides opportunity for healthy living, through exercise.
- It is how we get to work, get supplies for our homes, attend religious and social events and stay connected to our family and friends.
Transportation has be more than roads. I believe the MNDOT engineers are stuck 1960's type thinking. Every road fix should included expanded mass transit of some sort. We are running out of fuel for vehicle transport and the gas tax revenue is shrinking every day. We have to find alternatives that work and do not rely on traditional fossil fuels.
- Other than driving just right around my neighborhood it's how I depend on getting around -- going to concerts, shopping, to work, etc.
- I have ridden public transit all my life, from my early days in Chicago through the last 40 years in the Cities. But I can still experience a thrill when I make my connections and my ride goes "lickety-split"! Recently I caught a #84 north on Snelling at about 6 p.m. and transferred to a #3 going west on Como Avenue, arriving in my neighborhood at St. Anthony Park. I walked home, a little more than a half-mile and arrived by 6:25. It had been cold, dark, wet and windy, but my ride and connections made it feel like a balmy spring day.
My dream is for there to come a day when I won't need to refer to any bus schedule if I'm traveling during normal travel times from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. I will just be able to walk to a bus stop and know that a bus will arrive within 10 minutes. How deliciuosly care-free this will be! This will mean that the quality of urban life has not failed me and that all my years of investing in urban life have born fruit.
Meanwhile, I'd like to suggest we try an experiment for a year: run buses on all routes during normal day times every ten minutes to see what it feels like, to see if ridership numbers increase and spirits soar for those of us who live in the city and love it. We might save money, time, trees, frustration, stress-related health problems and more....
What do you say, Metro Transit? Let's give it a try.
- I love to be able to ride my bike to the store or for my general transportation [weather permitted]. I also feel sad when I encounter an area that does not provide sidewalks for safe walking. Even many bus stops in Anoka County seem unsafe I live in Ramsey, work in Anoka]. We all deserve safe routes for biking, walking, busing. It keeps America healthier and more beautiful!
- I want to be part of the solution and not the problem. Public Transit is a great way to cut down carbon emissions and make our community healthier in every way.
I would really like to see a bus line of Lexington Ave in St. Paul to meet the light rail between St. Paul and Minneapolis. This route badly needs a bus and it would also bring more people in to use the park. The Big Bear Cafe is an ideal bus stop as it pulls off the main road and would facilitate safety and also bring business to the cafe.
- Public transportation is the only way that I can afford to get to and from work.
- We need buses in Hugo, MN. We are between White Bear Lake and Forest Lake and have NO alternative transportation. Hugo is growing rapidly and transportation needs have not been addressed. Car/van pool is almost non-existent which forces us to drive ourselves everyday 19 miles to the cities each way.
- 1) Bicycling and walking are my primary modes of transportation. We moved to downtown Minneapolis almost 40 years ago so that we were not dependent on our car. Minneapolis has done a GREAT job in this regard, but the first and second ring suburbs have a lot of catching up to do. In addition, Hennepin Country recently refused to put bike lanes on a major thoroughfare. The "car people" seem to dominate the conversation. The concept of "complete streets" addresses the issue of adequate street width for safe cycling. Please do more to advocate "complete streets" across the state.
2) We need to do more to maintain all of our roadways throughout MN. As I travel around the country (by bike), I find that Minnesota roadways are some of the worst. A road full of potholes and cracks is unsafe for cars and cyclists. As experienced as I am, I crashed on my bike twice this year because of cracks in roadways big enough to snag my tire. Fortunately, I was not seriously injured. I support increased tax revenue to fix our roadways. We can do better!
- Transportation is important to me because: Bicycling and walking should be much safer and easier; we need MnDOT and cities and counties to make our streets safer for all users as they rebuild them--more on- and off-street trails, more sidewalks. This is what "complete streets" is all about.
- As the Metropolitan Council apportions population numbers to cities in Thrive 2040 planning, it is vital that the relationship between population density and transportation is both understood and considered; this is particularly true for outlying suburbs, where often no transportation spending by MnDOT and counties is foreseen for many years.
The Met. Co. must work hand-in-glove with MnDot and counties as population density is planned.
Thank you for listening, Elizabeth Weir, Mayor of Medina
- The easier it is to get around our city, the easier it is to keep our hard earned $$ here at home.
- I drive.
- Transportation is important to me because: As one of many thousands of aging persons, non-car transportation options are increasingly important. I would love to see easily accessible mini-bus or van options available in the northern suburbs where I live; cheaper to run, with an increasing market (I would think) and helpful in keeping older people in their own homes. Also safer for everyone else who must drive!
- I sometimes use public transportation
- I need to use the road system in order to go to work every day, and quite frankly, it sucks. I drive Highway 15 North of Hutchinson every day, and the road is full of pot holes, and I see no efforts being made to at least repair them!! I am so tired of our tax money going to the repair and maintenance of the roads in the metro area while we in the rural area seem to have to "put up" with poorly maintained roads. If you can't/won't fix them, then close them up and at least post them as bare minimum roads so that those driving on them will slow down!!! They are getting to the point of being dangerous for drivers to use!!
- Transportation is important to me because: Transportation provides access to jobs in the Twin Cities.
We need to make a strong effort to build out the MnPASS system in the Twin Cities.
MnPASS allows drivers the option to skip traffic to get to their work or a meeting on time, pick up their kids from daycare, get to a kids sporting event on time, airport, or any other important trip. Without a system of MnPASS lanes, drivers feel helpless in traffic.
MnPASS also let carpoolers and transit use the lane for free to continue to encourage these forms of transportation.
MnPASS is a market-based approach that fully uses the infrastructure in place. Possible MnPASS lanes should be considered on I-494 from Maple Grove to Plymouth, TH 169 from I-694 to I-494, I-35W north of downtown Minneapolis, I-94 between the downtowns, and I-35E north of downtown St. Paul (already planned). All new capacity added in the Twin Cities should be considered for a MnPASS lane before we just add a general purpose lane that will be eventually be congested anyway.
In addition, the MnDOT TED program should be greatly expanded given the direct impact on our economy
- Would like to be able to visit Minnesota's major regions without driving. Give me a train, intercity buses, express bus, light rail, and local buses that are fast, frequent, comfortable, and for rides over one hour have wi-fi. Let me bring my bicycle along, and I'm all set. I can drive, but would rather look at the scenery and not have to pay for parking or gas. Plus, I'd rather do other things than pay attention to the road. I would visit the Twin Cities more often if it was easier to get there without a car.
- It's one of the major components of making a city livable: accessible and vibrant.
- Getting from place to place in Minnesota is becoming more difficult all the time.
I don't remember the last time I drove somewhere and wasnâ t delayed or detoured by some road construction, and most of the time the congestion was made worse by closing lanes for such a long distance, sometimes a mile or more- that you couldn't even see the actual construction project off in the distance. In particular, there was construction on westbound 694, west of 35W recently, and the lanes were closed before Lexington, causing a hot mess of bumper to bumper traffic.
If this lane closure had started after the exit for 35W, much of the traffic would have been able to exit before it was impacted. Why does a simple lane closure need to cause such a large problem?
- On a daily basis I am reminded of how inefficient modern traffic controls are.
How often do you sit at a red light and NOBODY goes through the intersection before the light changes again? You stopped, and waited there for nothing. If somebody was there to monitor and control traffic manually and and make judgment calls to make traffic controls more efficient, rather than a timed or weight triggered stop light system, I bet the fuel and time wasted savings would be enormous.
In the future, I would like to see sensors in the road that can determine where all traffic is coming from, and where it is going, to avoid having to stop and accelerate again unnecessarily.
- There are many people in the Twin Cities metro area and outstate Minnesota who cannot utilize mass transit because of the location of their homes and or employment. There is a lot of money spent of infrastructure to support mass transit, especially trains, but when highways are constructed it seems they are not planned for future growth, but instead just to accommodate current needs. For example, Highway 610 constructed as only a 4-lane road that was planned as an alternative route across the river to I-694. Why weren't 6 lanes built at the time of construction? I am sure that within a few short years the highway will be torn up and more lanes added. Why can't this be planned and constructed at the beginning instead of later? The answer is probably "budget" or lack of it. And, why aren't additional lanes being added during the reconstruction of I-694 through New Brighton and Shoreview. East of I-35W to I-35E will continue to be a bottleneck and with the millions of dollars spent no relief from the congestion will occur. It seems many projects are done as band aids rather than true improvements to handle additional traffic and ease congestion.
- Good day, please consider developing MN Hwy 15 into a 4 lane interstate highway. It is currently a treacherous highway with deaths every year. Please also see this link: http://www.sctimes.com/interactive/article/20131013/NEWS01/310130004/No-quick-fix-busy-94-through-Central-Minnesota?gcheck=1
I-33 could bypass the Twin Cities by linking I-90 to I-94 Fairmont to St Cloud and relieve current congestion on I-94 between the Twin Cities and St Cloud.
- I am an all-season bicyclist. I also walk and drive a car, but my default mode of transportation (by choice) is the bike. I am afraid of controlled intersections, especially those with stop/go lights. The reason is the right-turn-on-red law. Jaywalking in the middle of the block is much safer than crossing at those intersections. Drivers are much more likely to see you when you cross in the middle of the block. Do you keep statistics on how many pedestrians and bicyclists are injured or killed by motorists who are turning right while looking left? While visiting in downtown Denver, I was impressed by their stop light controlled intersections. All traffic stopped while pedestrians crossed in all directions. You've done plenty of planning and design for automobiles. It's time to do some planning and design for people. When a pedestrian pushes the button for permission to cross, it should trigger a no-right-turn signal.
- I drive for FedEx, and travel throughout the Metro area. The problems I see that are most important to me and my employer are safety and accessibility to the major roads. Safety in that the expansion of lanes on the freeways without proper shoulders is going to lead to more serious accidents and congestion. Also, there are many on and off ramps that do not allow vehicles enough run to get up to, or slow down from, highway speeds. Also, the closure of some on and off ramps may benefit traffic flow and safety. Case in point, the ramps to and from Bloomington Ave on eastbound Hwy 62. There also needs to be a discussion about the line of sight driving distances along the highway system. There are too many curves and dips in the roadways that reduce reaction times for today's drivers. I would like to see more raised light rail along the freeways, because all those people in traffic would see the light rail cars zip past them, while they are at a standstill, adding to the perceived advantages of said rail over their stand alone vehicle. Also the rail line to Big Lake needs to be completed up to at least St. Cloud, if not to Moorhead. Also a rail line to Rochester would serve many people heading to the Mayo Clinic, which would dovetail into the expansion of the Clinics there. Yes this takes money, so a mileage tax would be needed for those that use the system the most would pay more for it. We might take some hints from the European Union on planning for infrastructure. If some people could look over the website,
- It provides good jobs in SW Minnesota and all our commerce depends on quality safe roads. Most of our food comes and goes down the road. This is a need for life!
- We put too much focus on biking as a way of transportation. Biking should be thought of as an exercise/recreation activity, not a means of transportation. We spend too much time and money attempting to provide bikers safe and convenient roads in Minneapolis. Bikers are very dangerous to cars. While the typical reason cars don't like bikers is the few bikers that disobey traffic signals, it's really the additional safety precautions and danger cars submit to in order to look for small, hard to see, quick to appear, bikes over the top of right turning lanes. Put bikes on sidewalks, make them obey pedestrian crossings, have them ride slow for safety to the sidewalk users.
- I drive 18 miles to work daily, suburb to Minneapolis, and in summer months every weekend drive 3+ hours via I94 to a lake cabin. I care for the mass transit options for efficient transportation in congested areas as well as any smart and localized major construction projects to alleviate congestion points.
- It is how I get around Minnesota and my connection to the rest of the country. I am leaving for college next year to either the east or west coast and I plan to travel from school to home in northeast St. Paul by Amtrak out of the Union Depot. Investment in our passenger rail systems is very important to me, and many other people; and I hope to you at MNDot too.
- The end to my wanting to go places is a long way off. My desire to drive there is rapidly waning.
- Some places we like to visit are too far to walk. (We do walk 3 to 8 mi most days.) Buses are handy and we don't have to pay for parking; GO CARDS make it easy to pay. Even when we drive, we realize the transit options help keep traffic lighter. LRT is great to go to MSP to fly anywhere. We often use express bus to St Paul.
- I live in a first-ring suburb in order to rely less on cars, yet I have trouble finding safe, affordable and efficient routes to take by foot, bike or bus. I want my children to be as independent as I was as a teen using the Minneapolis bus system, but the suburbs are not well served during non rush-hour times.
- We need to move people around with the least adverse impact on the environment. Of course that includes minimizing pollution and depletion of non-renewable resources, but it also means NOT putting physical barriers in the middle of communities and NOT ruining things visually. Think of how beautiful the area around the Basilica and Walker museum could be without all the roadways that snake through that area. Think about how beautiful the Cedar Lake Trail through the Kenilworth corridor is before the addition of LRT. Make the bus system better and stop catering to the one-person car users.
- 1. I am 77, cannot drive any more at night due to eye problems. 2. Driving is costly personally, wastes gasoline and pollutes the air. 3. No one at DOT paid any attention to my emails declaring megabuses, not light rail, is the way to go. Who is making all of this money off light rail, anyway?
- My taxes go to support the ability of others to get around. Transportation builders have no reason to improve their methods and do it for less cost. Aerial trams would provide better transit with less intrusion on current environment than methods currently contemplated. Auto centric methods degrade the environment and commit us to poor community construction for the foreseeable future. Keep it up and will waste too many resources. Making sustainable decisions helps us all. Current methods hurt us all.
- Getting from point A to B involves more than adding more lanes and building more roads.
- It's the heart of our economy.
- I have always dreamed of riding a commuter rail from my home in Moorhead to the Twin Cities area.