Public hearing set for Mn/DOT’s 20-year Greater Minnesota Transit Plan

Thursday, September 10th, 2009 at 5:28 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation will hold a video conference public hearing from 3 p.m.-7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, at 15 locations statewide to solicit comment on the 2010-2030 Greater Minnesota Transit Plan.

The plan sets a long-range vision for public transportation in small towns, large cities and rural areas across the state during the next 20 years. It identifies transit service needs and analyzes future levels of funding to meet those needs. Some key challenges considered in developing the plan include maintaining and expanding public transit; changing mobility needs of individuals; changing mobility needs of the workforce; changing transit options in Greater Minnesota; and coordination of services.

The public is invited to participate in the video conference public hearing at the following Mn/DOT district locations. At the hearing, participants will hear a presentation about the plan from Mn/DOT officials and can then provide comments regarding its content. Comments will be considered and then implemented into the final plan.

Video Conference Locations/Mn/DOT District:

St. Paul (Headquarters)
395 John Ireland Blvd.
651-296-3000

Baxter (District 3)
7694 Industrial Park Road
218-828-5700

Bemidji (District 2)
3920 Hwy 2 W
218-755-6500

Crookston (District 2)
1320 Sunflower St.
218-277-7950

Detroit Lakes (District 4)
1000 Hwy 10 W
218-846-3600

Duluth (District 1)
1123 Mesaba Ave
218-725-2700

Mankato (District 7)
501 S. Victory Drive
507-304-6100

Marshall (District 8)
1800 E. College Drive
507-537-6146

Morris (District 4)
610 Hwy 9 S.
320-208-7000

Owatonna (District 6)
1010 – 21st Ave. NW
507-446-5500

Rochester (District 6)
2900 – 48th St. NW
507-286-7500

St. Cloud (District 3)
3725 – 12th St. N.
320-223-6500

Virginia (District 1)
101 N. Hoover Rd.
218-742-1100

Willmar (District 8)
2505 Transportation Road
320-231-5195

Windom ( District 7)
180 S. County Road 26
507-831-8000

Additional opportunities to comment on the plan:

●       Review and comment on the Greater Minnesota Transit Plan online at www.dot.state.mn.us/transit/transitplan.
●       Submit comments by 4:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 19, 2009.
o       E-mail:
o       Fax: 651-366-4192
o       Phone: 651-366-4180
o       U.S. mail:

Minnesota Department of Transportation
Office of Transit
Noel Shughart – Greater Minnesota Transit Plan Project Manager
Mail Stop 430
395 John Ireland Blvd.
St. Paul, MN  55155

A paper copy of the plan is available for review at the Mn/DOT Central Office in St. Paul, 395 John Ireland Blvd., or at district headquarters offices throughout the state. To request this document in an alternative format call 651-366-4718 or e-mail .

To request an ASL interpreter or other reasonable accommodations at the public hearing, call 651-366-4718 or email by Thursday, Oct. 1.

Following the completion of the 2010-2030 Greater Minnesota Transit Plan, Mn/DOT will develop the Greater Minnesota Transit Service Needs Implementation Plan. Part of this new project will be to estimate future revenues through 2030 and identify the gap between transit service needs and projected revenues. With the help of stakeholders, Mn/DOT will establish a transit investment program to prioritize the allocation of revenues based on investment goals and strategies.

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