Greater Minnesota Transit Plan
In 2009 MnDOT completed the Greater Minnesota Transit Plan (PDF), a 20-year strategic plan that identified future transit need and demand for service in Greater Minnesota. The plan supported a vision for public transit: “a high-quality coordinated transit network that is integrated into the overall state transportation system and that meets the mobility needs of the people of Minnesota”.
In 2010, the state legislature asked MnDOT to determine the level of funding required to meet at least 80% of transit needs in Greater Minnesota by 2015 and 90% of needs by 2025. Published in 2011, the Greater Minnesota Transit Investment Plan provides a link between the vision, goals and strategies from the 2009 plan and the funding allocations to each public transit system. As an investment plan, the document also outlines the investment priorities under different funding scenarios.
Greater Minnesota Transit Investment Plan
The 2017 Greater Minnesota Transit Investment Plan is a five-year update to refine both the investment priorities and strategic direction for transit in Greater Minnesota. The objective of the plan is to improve mobility for the general public with emphasis on:
- Low income populations
- Homeless population
- Individuals with disabilities - Olmstead Plan and the GMTIP (PDF)
- New Americans
- Commuter consumer groups
The plan will combine technical analysis with extensive community input to develop a strategic direction and investment priorities.
- Improve public transit service coverage in Greater Minnesota
- Improve regional connections and cross-system trips in Greater Minnesota
- Make public transit a viable choice for transportation in Greater Minnesota
- Improve public transit service quality based on performance standards
- Create investment and performance-based policies based on the Regional Trade Center guidelines
- Support coordination between public transit systems and other transportation providers
- Make investment decisions based on performance standards
The planning process is underway and will be completed in summer 2017.
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