Transit Study Committee
The Transit Study Committee project is now completed. Read the Final Report: Getting From Here to There: Funding Transit in the Region
We convened a study committee to look at transit in the region through the lens of governance, policy, and funding. The study committee was chaired by Peter Bell, former Met Council chair. Ann Lenczewski, former legislator and chair of the Minnesota House Tax Committee, was vice-chair.
The focus on transit—defined broadly to include all modes—was the result of a more general study of the Met Council that the Citizens League completed earlier this spring with a 19-member task force of community members. In that final report, the task force reported that while experts maintained that the region’s system of transit governance, planning, operating, and funding worked well despite its seemingly fragmented and complex nature, there remained important questions related to accountability and transparency, efficiency and effectiveness, and equity. Given the limited time the previous group had to review these issues, it recommended that the Citizens League undertake a separate study.
The Transit Study Committee Recommendations
As a result of testimony from outside speakers and engaging in lengthy discussions, roughly half the committee viewed that the capital cost to expand the region’s transit system should be borne by local government entities while the other half felt that planning and funding the transitway network was the Metropolitan Council’s responsibility to plan for an integrated system. What has yet to be determined is who should be responsible for funding operations of the region’s transit system. Should it be a state responsibility, a municipal or county responsibility, or what is the right mix of the two? This needs to be done with consideration for the rapid growth of Metro Mobility.
Since the committee’s work started before and ended after the election, the committee agreed that some recommendations were unlikely to be advanced given the priorities of the current legislature.
In the end, the committee felt it important to present both: recommendations that considered the current political realities and those that looked beyond them so that the public and formal policymakers could see how the group voted for the recommendations under each of the two scenarios.
- December 15, 2016 – Minutes | Transit Study Presentation
- December 8, 2016 – Minutes | Attachment A: CTIB Presentation
- December 1, 2016 – Minutes | Attachments A & B
- November 17, 2016 – Minutes
- November 10, 2016 – Minutes | Attachment A – Scenario Survey Results
- November 3, 2016 – Minutes | Attachment A – Tom Fisher Presentation
- October 27, 2016 – Minutes | Attachment A – Spatial and Skills Mismatch
- October 20, 2016 – Minutes | Attachment A – Transit Finance Comparison | Andy Lee’s Responses to Questions
- October 13, 2016 – Minutes | Overview of State Financial Participation in Public Transit | Major State Aids &Taxes
- October 6, 2016 – Minutes | Attachment A: CTIB Presentation | Attachment B: Draft Funding Scenarios
- September 29, 2016 – Minutes | Attachment A: Demographics | Attachment B: Transportation Policy Plan | Addendum A | Addendum B
- September 22, 2016 – Minutes | Presentation Slides – Twin Cities Metropolitan Area Transit Finance Overview, Matt Buress, House Research Department, Minnesota House of Representatives
- Editorial: A transit-funding solution could look like this — Pioneer Press, 3/5/2017
- Citizens League may have refreshed role as regional arbiter — Star Tribune Editorial, 3/3/2017
- Citizens League report hopes to break the transit ‘logjam’ – StarTribune, 2/21/2017
- Republican legislators take aim, once again, at the Met Council – MinnPost, 2/21/2017
- GOP critics at Capitol take aim at Met Council structure – Star Tribune, 2/20/2017
- “[T]he respected names on a new Citizens League study committee should get attention“ – Pioneer Press Editorial Board, 9/23/2016
- WCCO News and Views with Roshini Rajkumar – 1 PM: Interview with Chair Peter Bell – WCCO 830, 9/25/2016
- Bipartisan group takes on MN transit funding issue – Politics in Minnesota Capitol Report, 9/29/2016
- Bipartisan group takes on MN transit funding issue – Finance & Commerce, 9/29/2016
- New committee to study transit – Eden Prairie News, 9/29/2016
- On transit, voting, tutors and more… – Reading Partners, 9/23/2016