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MnDOT finalizes statewide, 20-year plan

The Minnesota Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan 2012-2031, a policy framework for maintaining and building Minnesota's transportation system during the next 20 years, has been finalized and is available online, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

"This plan is the result of extensive collaboration we've had during the past year with citizens, stakeholders and partners throughout Minnesota," said Tom Sorel, MnDOT commissioner. "I want to thank everyone who took the time to participate in our outreach meetings and provide input. The success of Minnesota's transportation system depends on these coordinated efforts, and we appreciate the involvement of all who participated in the process."

The Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan addresses the entire transportation system including highways, local streets and roads, transit, railroads, aviation, ports, waterways and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. It will be used to influence MnDOT's future investment decisions and shape other transportation plans, such as the State Highway Investment Plan, which currently is in development and will be completed in 2013, and the State Aviation System Plan, a draft of which will be ready for public comment later this fall.

"The Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan focuses on solutions that ensure a high return-on-investment, and that complement and strengthen the rapidly changing social, environmental and economic climate, with the intent of improving Minnesotans' quality of life," Sorel said.

MnDOT's planning and investment approach involves:

• Applying multimodal solutions that ensure a high return-on-investment, such as the development of a managed lane system (e.g., MnPASS) in the Twin Cities.

• Strategically fixing the system by working with partners to define priority networks, since it will not be feasible to maintain all assets in current condition.

• Building to a maintainable scale to keep Minnesota's transportation system on a sustainable track for the future.

• Better aligning ownership of Minnesota's roadways with statewide and local priorities.

Last updated in 2009, the plan is based on an analysis of transportation trends and issues in Minnesota, as well as performance measures covering all transportation modes, system assets and operations that gauge how well the transportation system is functioning. For more information about MnDOT's performance measures, see the 2011 Annual Minnesota Transportation Performance Report at

Visit these websites to view the planning documents:

• Minnesota Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan 2012-2031,

• State Highway Investment Plan,

• State Aviation System Plan,