Metropolitan Council seeks to add highway expansion projects to plan
At its January 12
meeting, the Metropolitan Council's Transportation Committee
will hear public comment on a proposal to revise the region's
transportation spending plan to include 11 major highway expansion
projects according to Twin Cities Streets for People. Full story...
Where we stand
Though St. Paul Smart Trips was
initially encouraged by the Metropolitan Council's Draft Transportation Policy Plan (TPP) and its focus on management of existing highway resources
over expansion, we are concerned to learn about plans to revise the
plan in favor of highway expansion.
A recent article by Steve Berg of MinnPost.com
argues that if we are "going to spend hundreds of billions of
dollars on infrastructure, you better make sure you're anticipating the 21st
century marketplace and not just building the same old stuff. That
alternatives, like mass transit, local streets, bike lanes, pedestrian
atmosphere and high-speed rail." Full story...
How you can take action
Let the Metropolitan Council know that our region wants to prioritize transit, walking and
bicycling in a forward-looking transportation package.
Deadline to act: 4:00pm January 12, 2009
- E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call 651-602-1500 or fax 651-602-1464
- Write to Metropolitan Council Data Center
390 Robert St. N., St. Paul, MN 55101