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Federal Transportation Funding

Each year approximately $500 million in federal gas tax funding is provided to Minnesota for transportation projects. This money is spent on a variety of road, bridge, transit, pedestrian, bicycle, safety, and other projects. Mn/DOT, the Department of Public Safety, the Metropolitan Council, and regional planning districts are responsible for allocating a portion of this funding.

Transportation for America

T4A LogoTLC is a member of a national coalition, Transportation for America, working to enact a new federal transportation bill that:

        • Contains clear national transportation goals and performance measures
        • Provides a higher percentage of funding for transit
        • Requires repair and maintenance of existing roads and bridges before investing in new roads and additional lanes
        • Encourages active transportation and complete streets
        • Contains new funding for intercity rail
        • Gives greater spending authority to metropolitan planning organizations and rural planning districts

Fix It First

Fix it firstTLC supports a "fix it first" approach to spending Minnesota's transportation money. Studies show that road repair projects create 16% more jobs than come from building new roads or expanding highway systems. In addition, drivers save by avoiding costly wear and tear from poor roads and potholes. Departments of Transportation save money through preventative maintenance scheduling.

Reports on the Stimulus

StimulusAs families all over America struggled during this recession, elected officials were under pressure to spend the federal stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), better known as "the stimulus." TLC prepared two reports analyzing stimulus spending in terms of job creation and the economic benefits arising from a 21st century transportation system.






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