Goal: Minnesota will have safe, economic, energy-efficient alternatives to move people and goods throughout the state.
Transportation is the lifeblood of regions around our state – it gets people to jobs, services and activities; children to school; and allows businesses to transport goods. For communities to successfully grow, they need a comprehensive and coordinated transportation system that includes a variety of alternatives that address concerns over traffic congestion, safety, air quality and the high price of gas.
- The rate of traffic injuries and deaths on Minnesota’s roads has been on a decline since 1999, but stalled between 2006-2007 and again between 2009-2010, with 2010 seeing fewer deaths but more injuries on our roadways. Though traffic safety has been improving for all regions in Minnesota over the past decade, the rate of traffic fatalities has remained much higher in Greater Minnesota than in the Twin Cities metro.
- Compass tracks bridge ratings as one indicator of the health of our infrastructure, especially in light of the 35W bridge tragedy in 2007. The proportion of Minnesota's bridges rated “structurally deficient or functionally obsolete” has declined from 14 to 12 percent over the past eight years.
- On average in 2010, residents who lived in the 13-county Twin Cities area spent about 10 percent of their income on transportation. Nationwide, households spent 12 percent of their income on transportation.
In order to thrive, people need to be able to get from their homes to their jobs, and their children to child care and school.