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March 15, 2021

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MnDOT adopts recommendations from the Sustainable Transportation Advisory Council

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced today that the agency has adopted recommendations proposed by the Sustainable Transportation Advisory Council.

The recommendations and agency responses focus on creating measurable strategies to help the state transition to a low-carbon transportation system that maximizes the health of people, the environment, and our economy. This includes:

  • Developing a clean fuels policy
  • Supporting electric vehicle (EV) rebates
  • Increasing investment in charging infrastructure
  • Setting a preliminary goal of a 20% reduction in Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) statewide by 2050
  • Prioritizing transit and high-occupancy vehicles (HOV) on MnDOT-owned right of way
  • Continuing to prioritize other solutions before considering highway expansion

“We are deeply grateful to the members of the STAC for their thorough recommendations as we work collaboratively to reduce carbon pollution from the transportation sector,” said Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher. “Our climate is changing, and we all share in the responsibility of working harder to achieve Minnesota’s Next Generation Energy Act emission reduction goals. The recommendations of the STAC will be critical to our success.”

The STAC was created following MnDOT’s 2019 Pathways to Decarbonizing Transportation report, which identified several actions, recommendations and opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from surface transportation.

Improving resilience and addressing climate change directly align with MnDOT’s vision, mission, and values.

“MnDOT is leading with action by convening and listening to a diverse group of community leaders on the STAC,” said Chris Clark, President of Xcel Energy MN, ND, SD and STAC Co-Chair. “But make no mistake, MnDOT can’t do this work alone. Decreasing greenhouse gas emissions will require significant public-private and interagency partnerships as well as coordination with municipal and county agencies. Our STAC recommendations are one important step, and we appreciate that MnDOT is moving forward with many of them.” 

The STAC is next scheduled to meet on Thursday, March 18, to discuss the recommendations and full agency responses.