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; children to school; and allows businesses to transport goods. For communities to successfully 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.