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  1. Twin Cities Metro Area Transportation system Transportation Funding Advisory Committee June 2012

  2. Metro Area Presentations Transportation System Overview – Met Council Transportation System Funding – Met Council Transitway System Funding – CTIB Return on Investment – Itasca Group Congestion Pricing/MnPASS – MnDOT

  3. Key Messages Importance of transportation for regional economic vitality The metro area significance in state and national context Transportation vision: one system, multiple modes working together Building/funding a transportation system for the 21st century

  4. Benefits of Transportation Investments Improved mobility Enhanced accessibility to markets and resources Accelerated productivity gains Increased competitiveness

  5. Minnesota’s Economy is Strong 5.3 million people (21st of 50 states) 2.68 million jobs (18th) $55K Median household income (12th) $270 billion annual gross domestic product (GDP) (17th) Sources: US Census, Bureau of Economic Analysis

  6. For Minnesota to Thrive, Minneapolis-St. Paul Must Thrive 2.85 million people (54% of the state) 1.58 million jobs (62% of the state) $64K median household income $200 billion annual GDP Home to 19 Fortune 500 companies Sources: US Census, Bureau of Economic Analysis

  7. Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro Area is Important Nationally Sources: US Census, Bureau of Economic Analysis, National Transit Database, Texas Transportation Institute 16th largest metropolitan area population 13th largest metropolitan area GDP 15th largest road network (TTI) 16th largest transit ridership 17th most congested region

  8. Met Council’s Role in Transportation Planning Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) in conjunction with Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) Long-Range Transportation Policy Plan Regional transit operations Transit funding oversight

  9. Met Council’s Role in Shaping Development Metropolitan development guide Regional policy plans: transportation, aviation, parks and water resources Regional forecast: population, employment and households Local comprehensive plan review

  10. Metropolitan Development Guide Promotes efficiency and innovation in regional service delivery Ensures effective stewardship of resources Expands our multimodal transportation system

  11. Metro Area Population Growth Total growth 2010-40: +893,000 (31%) Sources: Met Council Regional Forecasts, 2012

  12. Metro Area Employment Growth Total growth 2010-40: +570,000 (37%) Sources: Met Council Regional Forecasts, 2012

  13. The Region Will Be Different in 2040 62% of new households will not have children 43% of regional residents will be non-white 50% of new households will be one income Senior population will more than double Sources: Met Council Regional Forecasts, 2012

  14. We Need Flexible Transportation • Growing population means growing demand on the transportation system • Changing demographics mean changing transportation needs • Area residents want more options • 40% suggest providing more transit • 20% suggest building better roads Sources: Met Council Residents Survey, 2007

  15. Metro Area Transportation system overview

  16. MnDOT/Met Council Partnership • A common vision & priorities: • Efficient use of limited resources • Preservation of existing system • Congestion management to preserve mobility • One multi-modal transportation system

  17. Implementing Our Shared Vision Together • MnPASS Lanes • I-394 • I-35W (UPA project) • Hiawatha LRT • Northstar Commuter Rail • Cedar Avenue BRT • Central Corridor LRT

  18. Major Regional Trends (1960-2009) Growing and more decentralized region Major increases in transportation demand Very large highway capacity expansion investments Modest transit capacity expansion investments

  19. Traffic Congestion is Growing • Total annual delay = 78.5 million hours • 2011 a.m. Congestion Sources: Texas Transportation Institute, 2011 Mobility Report 2011 MnDOT Congestion Report

  20. Traffic Congestion is Growing • Annual delay per peak commuter = 45 hours • 2011 p.m. Congestion Sources: Texas Transportation Institute, 2011 Mobility Report 2011 MnDOT Congestion Report

  21. We Have Significant Challenges to Regional Mobility • Aging system – need for preservation • Growing highway congestion • Over $40 B required to “solve congestion” • Challenging transportation finances

  22. Improving Mobility A new policy direction • A realistic, innovative, flexible, sustainable and problem-focused investment direction: • Preserve, manage and optimize existing highway system • Focus on managing traffic congestion • Promote alternatives to driving alone

  23. Improving Mobility Managing Congestion • MnDOT is a national leader in innovative congestion management solutions • 300 miles of bus-only shoulders • Successful lower-cost/ high-benefit projects • I-394, 35W MnPASS (priced) lanes

  24. Improving Mobility Future Congestion Management Use Active Traffic Management (ATM) Construct lower-cost/high-benefit projects Expand system of managed (priced) lanes Strategically expand capacity

  25. Improving Mobility Future Congestion Management Optimize highway investments to move largest number of people, not cars Invest in transit Encourage alternatives to driving alone Promote transportation-efficient land use

  26. Vision Beyond the Fiscally Constrained Plan • Highway Vision creates a $4+ billion “reservoir of projects” • Managed Lane Vision $1.5 B • Lower-Cost/High-Benefit Projects $1-$1.5 B • ATM Improvements $500 M • Strategic Capacity Enhancements likely exceed $1 B

  27. Improving MobilityOptimizing freight • “A safe, efficient, high-capacity freight transportation system is essential to the economic well being of the region and the state” (Council Policy Plan) • Primary metro freight issues: • Freight congestion on highways and railroads • Volatile fuel costs • Freight safety and security • Aging infrastructure

  28. Improving Mobility Promoting Alternatives: Bikes and Peds • Bicycling shows promise as option for short trips • Bicycling rate is up, yet barriers still exist • Good pedestrian environment essential to transit success • Accessibility for persons with disabilities

  29. Improving MobilityLocal + Regional Bike & Ped Systems • Recommendations • Connections to transit • Removal of barriers • Safety improvements • Bike/pedestrian accommodationson roadways

  30. Improving MobilityAviation System • MSP International • 33.1 million passengers • 436,000 take-offs and landings • 135 non-stop markets served • 127 gates • 3.2 million sq ft of terminal space • Reliever Airports • St. Paul Downtown • Anoka Co-Blaine • Flying Cloud • Crystal • South St. Paul • Airlake • Lake Elmo Sources: Metropolitan Airports Commission

  31. Transit: Critical to our 21st Century Transportation System Provides Mobility Options Mitigates Congestion Serves Transit-dependent Populations Reduces Environmental Impact of Transportation Encourages Efficient Land Development Patterns

  32. Transit-Oriented Development Examples • Housing • Commercial • Mixed-use • Institutional

  33. Transit-Oriented Development Examples • Housing • Commercial • Mixed-use • Institutional

  34. Transit System Overview • Light rail • Commuter rail • Over 200 regular bus routes • 8 regular route providers • ADA & Dial-a-ride • Vanpool

  35. Transit System Overview2011 Transit Statistics • 94 million rides • 3.4 million service hours • 28% fare recovery • $2.94 subsidy per passenger Bus system accounts for 85% of regional ridership

  36. Ridership Trends High gas prices, economic stability = Transit ridership growth Beginning of Economic Recovery Economic Recession March - April, 2004: Transit driver strike 2005: First full year of light rail Oct 2008: Base fare increase of $0.25 2010: First full year of commuter rail

  37. Performance of the System VariesTransit System Performance (2010 statistics)

  38. Our Transit System is Effective Sources: National Transit Database

  39. Our Transit System is Efficient Sources: National Transit Database

  40. Our Transit System is Cost-Effective Sources: National Transit Database

  41. Peer Region Comparisons • Twin Cities regional transit system is… • Productive, more so than many systems with larger light rail systems • Cost-effective, high fare recovery and productive service results in a lower than average subsidy per passenger

  42. Transit: Not Just for Transit-dependent Most transit riders are going to/from work or school (80%) 2 of 3 transit rider households have an automobile available; higher on rail service Sources: Metro Transit Rider Survey, 2010

  43. Park-and-ride Users Come From All Over, Just Like Drivers • 74% of users live in regular route service area • 85% of users live in 7-county metro area • Greater Minnesota population centers St. Cloud Mankato Rochester Sources: Met Council Park-and-ride Survey, 2010

  44. Transit Carries a Significant Portion of People on the Freeways Transit Riders as a percent of Peak Hour Person Throughput • I-94 West = 38% • I-394 = 36% • I-35W South = 34% Sources: Met Council Ridership and MnDOT

  45. Transit Carries a Significant Portion of People on the Major Arterials Transit Riders as a percent of Daily Person Throughput • Nicollet Ave = 37% • Lake Street = 19% • W. Broadway = 28% Sources: Met Council Ridership and MnDOT AADT

  46. 2030 Transit Vision Double ridership between 2003 and 2030 by: • Maintaining and expanding the region’s base bus system • Building a network of rail and bus transitways • Providing a mix of services by the markets where they are most efficient and effective

  47. Goal: Double Transit Ridership

  48. Bus System Expansion Plans • Local bus • Increased frequency, span of service, coverage • Improved quality and speed of service • Express bus • Increase service on existing routes to meet demand • Add service to new park & rides

  49. What is a Transitway? • Fast, reliable transit services with an improved passenger experience on high-demand corridors • Light rail transit (LRT) / busway • Commuter rail • Highway bus rapid transit (BRT) • Arterial BRT • Promotes transit-oriented development

  50. Transitways in the Vision