MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
The social, economic, and environmental climate of Minnesota is rapidly changing, and it is critical that our state’s transportation system adapt. This Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan for Minnesota takes into account the state’s ever-evolving landscape. It is based on the adopted Minnesota GO 50-year Vision, which places unprecedented emphasis on building and maintaining a transportation system that complements and strengthens the unique social, natural, and economic features of Minnesota. Additionally, this document was developed to align with state legislative goals and federal guidance.
Throughout a yearlong process of engaging key stakeholders, members of the public, and transportation professionals, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) worked to develop a multimodal plan truly reflective of statewide interests. In December 2011 at two forums, Minnesota’s transportation stakeholders were asked to provide feedback to help shape draft plan objectives. Stakeholders were also asked to identify the next steps to help realize the Minnesota GO Vision. Feedback resulted in revised objectives and development of statewide multimodal strategies. These draft objectives and strategies served as the primary content for review at a series of ten public open houses conducted around the state in January and February of 2012. The result was further input on draft plan language. After reviewing and addressing comments and feedback, MnDOT returned to its stakeholders in April to share revised text and solicit comments about the refined draft language.
As the Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan, this document is reflective of Minnesotans’ voices, as expressed throughout this intensive engagement and review process. The content is strategically organized into chapters that address the most pertinent questions facing Minnesota’s transportation system. The result is a transportation policy framework for all Minnesota partners and transportation modes for the next 20 years that focuses on multimodal solutions that ensure a high return-on-investment while considering the context of place, and how land use and transportation systems should be better integrated.
Transportation planning involves public and private interests and all levels of government. Some are responsible for the delivery of the transportation system, either a specific mode or at a specific level. Others are responsible for providing guiding input, either technical or advocating for a specific interest.
The key players that this plan relies on to develop, manage, and operate Minnesota’s multimodal transportation system include all transportation partners—local, regional, state, tribal, federal, private-sector, and other partners.
About the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT)
“In creating the Department of Transportation in 1976, the Legislature determined that MnDOT would be the principal agency to develop, implement, administer, consolidate and coordinate state transportation policies, plans and programs (Minn. Stat. Ch. 174). MnDOT makes special efforts to consider the social, economic and environmental effects of its decisions and aggressively promotes the efficient use of energy resources for transportation purposes. It also maintains close working relationships with the many public and private individuals, groups and associations involved in transportation.”