Goal: Minnesota will have safe, affordable, 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; carries children to school; and allows businesses to transport goods. For communities to grow, they need a comprehensive and sustainable transportation system that includes safe, reliable, affordable, and convenient transportation options.


Based on recommendations of an advisory group led by Compass Governance Chair Paul Mattessich and Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle, Compass expanded its key measure on cost of transportation and added measures on traffic congestion and access to destinations. Road pavement condition is a new measure to indicate how well our transportation infrastructure is maintained. The traffic injuries and deaths measure, previously in this section, has moved to public safety.

Access to destinations

This new measure looks at the number of jobs reachable by mass transit or walking within 30 minutes from every town and city in the Twin Cities region. It may not surprise you to see Minneapolis at the top of this list, but the rank of many cities may be a surprise. Check out all 112 cities.

access to jobs in Twin Cities by mass transit


Our new congestion measure shows us that the Twin Cities region is among the least congested major metropolitan areas in the U.S. However, with one third of the highways congested during peak hours, there is room for improvement.

congestion-metro area rankings

Pavement condition

The condition of our roads is one indicator of how well our transportation infrastructure is maintained. It is encourgaging to see just 5 percent of Minnesota's highways are rated in poor condition. However, that percentage varies widely by county.

pavement condition by county

Transportation expenses

As a share of household income, transportation expenses tend to be higher for families in greater Minnesota than the Twin Cities region. A look at housing and transportation costs together as a share of household income shows a more balanced picture.

transportation expenses by county

Making connections

In order to thrive, people need to be able to get safely from their homes to their jobs, and their children to child care and school. Transportation trends vary by Duluth and Minneapolis-St. Paul neighborhood.

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traffic injuries and death graph
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Rate of traffic injuries ticks up

After a long downward trend, the rate of persons injured or killed in traffic accidents increased slightly in 2013. Injuries, not deaths, accounted for the increase. Overall, 31,040 people were injured, while 387 were killed. The rate of persons killed or injured is higher in the Twin Cities region than greater Minnesota.

View topic: Public Safety


Ellen Mai

The newly released Central Corridor Tracker and Big Picture Project reports measure the impact of light rail on neighborhoods along University Avenue between downtown Minneapolis and downtown Saint Paul.

Compass researcher Ellen Mai, who managed the data analysis for the projects, reflects on the latest outcomes and shares key takeaways.

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