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SAFETEA-LU Federal Planning Factors


  1. Support the economic vitality of the United States, the States, metropolitan areas, and non-metropolitan areas, especially by enabling global competitiveness, productivity, and efficiency;
  2. Increase the safety of the transportation system for motorized and non-motorized users;
  3. Increase the security of the transportation system for motorized and non-motorized users;
  4. Increase accessibility and mobility of people and freight;
  5. Protect and enhance the environment, promote energy conservation, improve the quality of life, and promote consistency between transportation improvements and State and local planned growth and economic development patterns;
  6. Enhance the integration and connectivity of the transportation system, across and between modes and throughout the State, for people and freight;
  7. Promote efficient system management and operation; and
  8. Emphasize the preservation of the existing transportation system

Minnesota Statewide Transportation Goals


MN Statutes Chapter 174, Subd. 2.


The goals of the state transportation system are as follows:

  1. to provide safe transportation for users throughout the state;
  2. to provide multimodal and intermodal transportation that enhances mobility and economic development and provides access to all persons and businesses in Minnesota while ensuring that there is no undue burden placed on any community;
  3. to provide a reasonable travel time for commuters;
  4. to provide for the economical, efficient, and safe movement of goods to and from markets by rail, highway, and waterway;
  5. to encourage tourism by providing appropriate transportation to Minnesota facilities designed to attract tourists;
  6. to provide transit services throughout the state to meet the needs of transit users;
  7. to promote productivity through system management and the utilization of technological advancements;
  8. to maximize the benefits received for each state transportation investment;
  9. to provide funding for transportation that, at a minimum, preserves the transportation infrastructure;
  10. to ensure that the planning and implementation of all modes of transportation are consistent with the environmental and energy goals of the state;
  11. to increase high-occupancy vehicle use;
  12. to provide an air transportation system sufficient to encourage economic growth and allow all regions of the state the ability to participate in the global economy;
  13. to increase transit use in the urban areas by giving highest priority to the transportation modes with the greatest people moving capacity; and
  14. to promote and increase bicycling as an energy-efficient, nonpolluting, and healthful transportation alternative.