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). Representative Ginny Klevorn (DFL-Plymouth) secured the funding for a transit study along Highway 55 from Medina to downtown Minneapolis including options for highway bus rapid transit (BRT), and released the following statement:
“Transportation is a critical component of our everyday lives. It unifies us and connects us to one another and to opportunity. Our transportation budget is comprehensive and regionally balanced. Passage of a transit study along Highway 55 is a good step forward in creating a more equitable and robust transportation system for our Plymouth community.”
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.