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A 21st Century Transportation System


Investing in Minnesota's infrastructure system
Minnesotans need a transportation infrastructure system that promotes a strong economy and moves people and goods efficiently. That is why Governor Dayton’s budget invests in measures to strengthen our infrastructure and make Minnesota a more attractive place to live and work. The Governor’s budget makes key investments to deliver a safe, efficient and sustainable multi-modal transportation system. 

» $20 Million for the Transportation Economic Development (TED) Program. The Governor’s budget provides $20 million in ongoing funding for the TED initiative, a collaborative program between MnDOT, the Department of Employment and Economic Development and the Public Facilities Authority. 

  • Creating Jobs. The Governor’s investment will be focused on road and bridge improvements that promote economic development. This measure will create thousands of jobs and leverage $35 million in local and private investment. 
  • Focused on Economic Competitiveness. This program requires a local or private sector match and accelerates transportation projects in order to revitalize the Minnesota economy and improve economic competitiveness.

» $338 Million for Road Construction. The Governor’s budget increases state road construction appropriations by $338 million of additional federal funds over the biennium. 

  • Better Roads. The Governor’s budget delivers: 1) improved pavement quality; 2) Americans with Disability Act accommodations; 3) infrastructure needs such as drainage structures; and 4) investments in transportation corridors.
  • More Federal Funding. These additional investments are funded by revenue from the Trunk Highway fund and federal revenue from the new federal authorization law for transportation. 

» $10 Million for MnDOT. The Governor’s budget provides a $5 million annual increase f or MnDOT operations and maintenance activities from the Trunk Highway Fund. 

  • Covering the Cost of Inflation. MnDOT has experienced inflation in commodities like salt, sand and diesel fuel.  This initiative will cover the increased costs to the department.  
  • State Highway Network. The Governor’s investment will help the state’s highway network continue to operate safely and effectively.


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A 21st Century Transportation System: A Transportation System to Support Economic Growth
Minnesota Bridge
Minnesotans need a transportation infrastructure system that promotes a strong economy and moves people and goods efficiently. That is why Governor Dayton’s budget invests in measures to strengthen our infrastructure and make Minnesota a more attractive place to live and work. [Read More]

A 21st Century Transportation System: A Transit System to Support Economic Growth
21st Century Transit System
The Governor understands that to achieve our shared economic vision for a world-class economy, we must prioritize investments in our metro area transit system.  A recent study by the Itasca Project, made up of Minnesota’s business leaders, concluded in the Twin Cities metro region the return on transit investments will be between $6 and 10 billion if we accelerate our transit system improvements now.  [Read More]

The Roadway to Job Creation
Roadway to Job Creation
Investing in the infrastructure that Minnesota businesses need to be successful is a wise choice. That is why Governor Dayton’s budget invests an additional $20 million in ongoing funding for the Transportation Economic Development (TED) Program. [Read More]
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