Minnesota Unveils 50-Year Vision, guidance for transportation.May 18, 2012 -
Collaborating with partners, MnDOT (Minnesota Department of Transportation) has built what its commissioner, Thomas Sorel, called "a very strong and compelling vision for transportation." Minnesota Go initiative, guided by 31-member steering committee, offers vision and set of guiding principles to address current and future issues such as growing and aging population, urbanization, energy usage, vehicle automation, and transportation funding gap.
Minnesota Unveils a Compelling 50-Year Vision and Guiding Principles for Transportation
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Press release date: May 16, 2012
WASHINGTON D.C. - In a new Two-Minute State DOT Update video, Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Commissioner Thomas Sorel tells Transportation TV, "Creating a 50-year transportation plan is something states don't typically do. Yet, MnDOT worked in collaboration with partners from across Minnesota to build a very strong and compelling vision for transportation."
Called Minnesota Go, the initiative was guided by a 31-member steering committee that included a range of public and private sector individuals and groups. In the spring of 2011, 10 public workshops and other public engagement activities were held to get citizens talking about a range of possible futures based on different assumptions about transportation.
Minnesota Go is described as both a vision and a set of guiding principles to address a wide range of current and future transportation issues such as the nation's growing and aging population, urbanization, energy usage, vehicle automation, and the state's transportation funding gap.
"Minnesota has a $50 billion funding gap over the next 20 years," says Sorel. "We're going to use this vision to begin drilling down into our investment levels and make sure that we're managing our resources to create the vision citizens told us they wanted to see."
To watch this and other Two-Minute State DOT Update videos, go to www.TransportationTV.org.
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