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File #: RES 19-684    Version: 1 Name: Requesting Comprehensive Road and Transit Funding
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 4/24/2019
Title: Requesting that the Minnesota Legislature pass a comprehensive road and transit funding package.
Sponsors: Amy Brendmoen, Rebecca Noecker, Chris Tolbert
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Requesting that the Minnesota Legislature pass a comprehensive road and transit funding package.

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WHEREAS, all Minnesota communities benefit from a sound, efficient, and adequately funded transportation system that offers diverse modes of travel; and

WHEREAS, the integrity of Minnesota’s transportation infrastructure is dependent upon long-term planning and ongoing maintenance, both of which require dedicated and sustainable revenue sources; and

WHEREAS, as the seat of state government and the second largest city in Minnesota, the City of Saint Paul is committed to developing a modern, comprehensive transportation system that allows residents, workers, and visitors to easily and efficiently travel within the city using a full array of modes including motorized and non-motorized vehicles as well as mass transit and pedestrian options; and

WHEREAS, current funding for roads, bridges, and transit systems across all government levels in Minnesota is inadequate, and this under-investment diminishes quality of life for Minnesota residents and hinders Minnesota’s progress as a national business, economic, and civic leader; and

WHEREAS, Minnesota’s transportation system is failing to meet the capacity needs necessary to sustain population growth and promote economic development in the City of Saint Paul and cities across the state; and

WHEREAS, insufficient state funding has delayed regionally significant road construction and reconstruction projects across Minnesota; including the Kellogg Avenue-Third Street Bridge in Saint Paul; and

WHEREAS, limited increases in funding for Minnesota State Aid roads have contributed to increased reliance on the local property tax levy to maintain the city’s street system; and

WHEREAS, for every one dollar spent on maintenance, a road authority-and therefore taxpayers-save seven dollars in repairs; and

WHEREAS, the City of Saint Paul maintains over 1,800 lane miles of roadway within the city, and
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