By Jennifer Harmening-Thiede – Director of Advancement
Community members showing their support for transportation in Minnesota.
Transportation Bill Passes at the Legislature – Our Fight Continues!
A transportation bill passed in the House and Senate before the Minnesota Legislature’s special session came to a close at 3 AM this morning. That bill is now headed to the Governor’s desk.
Thanks to help from legislative allies and public pressure from transit riders, operators, and supporters like you, the worst anti-transit policies are gone and new one-time money for Metro Transit will keep service cuts at bay for now.
This is a huge shift from the extreme 40% cuts we were facing early in the year!
Unfortunately, our work is not over.
We remain deeply concerned that this bill:
• will put the burden of fare increases on the very people who can least afford them.
• creates budget problems that could cripple the metro bus system in just two years.
• provides no new dedicated funding for safe biking and walking leaves Greater Minnesota transit systems with dwindling resources to meet current and future needs.
Minnesotans deserve better. We’re going to keep fighting—we hope you will too! Tell Governor Dayton that short-changing bus riders is no way to compromise: 651-201-3400.
Starting next week, speak out at the fare increase hearings below. And stay tuned for more updates and calls to action!
Upcoming Public Meetings & Hearings on Possible Metro Transit Fare Increases
The Met Council is already taking public comments on a proposal to raise Metro Transit fares. Show up and speak out at these upcoming meetings and public hearings across the metro. All event locations are transit accessible.
Tuesday, May 30, 5:30-6:30 PM
Maplewood Library, 3025 Southlawn Dr., Maplewood
Wednesday, May 31, 12-1 PM – hearing with public testimony
Central Library, Doty Board Room, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
Wednesday, May 31, 5:30-6:30 PM
Wescott Library,1340 Wescott Road, Eagan
Thursday, June 1, 5:30-6:30 PM
Plymouth Library, 15700 36th Ave. N, Plymouth
Monday, June 5, 6:30-7:30 PM
Savage Library,13090 Alabama Ave. S., Savage
Wednesday, June 7, 6:30-7:30 PM – hearing with public testimony
Burnhaven Library, 1101 County Rd 42 W, Burnsville
Thursday, June 8, 6:30-7:30 PM
Southdale Library, 7001 York Ave. S., Edina
Tuesday, June 13, 6-7 PM
North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Ave. N., Minneapolis
Wednesday, June 14, 6 PM – hearing with public testimony
Metropolitan Council Chambers, 390 N Robert St., Saint Paul