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Release: Rep. Bernardy Supports Compromise Transportation Budget

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

St. Paul, MN -- Today, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed the Transportation Budget Bill following a bipartisan compromise reached with the Senate. The legislation invests in all modes of transportation across the state by funding improvements for pedestrian and bike infrastructure, transit development and services, road safety improvements, bridge replacements, as well as freight and passenger rail projects. The compromise transportation budget notably invests $57.5 million in arterial Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), including the F-Line from Downtown Minneapolis to Blaine. The arterial BRT concept would operate every 10 minutes for most of the day, seven days per week. Representative Connie Bernardy secured the funding for the F-Line and released the following statement:

“Funding for F-Line BRT is an exciting development for our New Brighton, Spring Lake Park, and Fridley communities. Having grown up in the region, this has long been a project I have dreamed of seeing cross the finish line. Our residents and families need and deserve reliable, modern, and sustainable transportation options that will ensure everyone has an opportunity to travel safely and to get to where they need to go.”

A spreadsheet of the investments contained within the transportation budget is available here. Video of the House Floor session will be available on House Public Information Services’ YouTube channel.