I participated this afternoon on behalf of the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority Board in a Transportation Alliance community forum in Burnsville co-sponsored by Progress in Motion, the Minnesota Public Transit Association, Transportation for America, and the Burnsville Chamber of Commerce. We discussed local transportation needs and potential funding options for legislative consideration.

The most economically healthy regions in the nation have strong transportation networks. Our transportation infrastructure has fallen behind those regions. Transportation is a core function of state government and needs to be funded like a core function. Yet, only 0.7% of Minnesota’s budget is available for transportation purposes.

Transit is an essential component of a balanced, sustainable transportation network. I will continue to work on behalf of Eagan and the region to support long-term sustainable funding, including funding for transit as an essential part of the transportation mix.

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