Transportation

Local Roads, Bridges and Highways

Minnesota needs a comprehensive transportation plan to repair our aging infrastructure and grow new multi-modal transit options. Nearly half of Minnesota’s roads and bridges are more than 50 years old and in dangerous condition. Our economic security and freedom depend on a transportation system with safe roads and bridges, and meaningful access to public transit.

Chris has been leading the fight for better transportation for years. He helped form the 84 Percent Coalition with mayors from Nicollet, Fergus Falls, Red Wing, Blue Earth, Coon Rapids, Hawley Rush City, and across Minnesota. Under current state law, fewer than 150 of Minnesota’s more than 850 cities qualify for city street funding. Together, the mayors of the 84 Percent Coalition fought for dedicated city street funding because crumbling streets affect every community in our state – large and small, rural and urban.

Transit

Increased investment in transit is critical to the economic security of all Minnesotans. We know that large employers are seeking to locate jobs in areas with developed transit networks. Minnesota will remain at a competitive disadvantage so long as only 10 percent of metro-area jobs remain accessibly by mass transit.

We also know that investments in transit ease roadway congestion, reduce our carbon footprint, and provide increased mobility for all Minnesotans, including older adults and those living with a disability.

As Mayor of Saint Paul, Chris fought for major transit investments, including the Metro Transit Green Line. The completion of the Green Line created thousands of jobs and is fueling growth across the region. As Governor, Chris will continue to make smart investments in transit to ensure that Minnesota remains competitive.

Gas Tax

Minnesota hasn’t raised the gas tax in almost a decade and our gas tax rate is in the bottom half of all states. We need to increase the gas tax to address our transportation infrastructure needs. All Minnesotans can have safer highways and bridges for a minimal investment. Every penny at the pump is expected to generate $30 million toward fixing roads and bridges in your community.