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About The Council

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The role of the Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities

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About The Council

  1. 1. www.metrocouncil.org
  2. 2. Created by the Legislature in 1967 to: • Plan for the orderly growth of the seven-county area • Coordinate services that any one city or county could not effectively provide
  3. 3. Problems that confronted our region • Inadequate sewers • Deteriorating bus system • Rapid growth • Fragmented government
  4. 4. Council structure and powers • 16 members represent geographic districts; Chair serves at large • Plan for future growth • Coordinate delivery of regional services
  5. 5. 1994 merger added responsibility for operating: • Region’s largest transit system • Metro Mobility for people with disabilities • Wastewater treatment system
  6. 6. Metro Transit • Region’s first LRT line • 900 buses; 113 routes • 270,000 riders per weekday
  7. 7. Metro Mobility • Dial-a-ride service for people with disabilities • 4,300 rides per weekday
  8. 8. Wastewater system • 7 treatment plants • 600 miles of regional sewers • Serving more than 100 communities
  9. 9. Regional park system • 49 regional parks • 29 regional trails • More than 33 million visitors
  10. 10. Metro HRA • Serves nearly 100 suburban and rural communities • Provides federal housing assistance to 6,000 low-income families
  11. 11. 2009 budget expenditures $750.1M
  12. 12. 2009 budget revenue $737.6M
  13. 13. Regional planning process • Regional Development Framework • Systems plans for transportation, aviation, water resources, and regional parks and open space • Local comprehensive plans
  14. 14. 2030 transportation plan • Expand bus system • Add transit advantages • Develop network of bus and rail transitways
  15. 15. 2030 water resources plan • Invest $3.7 billion to maintain, replace and expand wastewater treatment system • Support local efforts to ensure sufficient water supply • Promote efforts to reduce pollution from storm water runoff
  16. 16. 2030 regional parks plan • Acquire land within 30 existing parks • Add 3 new parks, 7 new trails by 2030 • Plan for 4 more parks post-2030
  17. 17. Regional parks plan
  18. 18. www.metrocouncil.org
  19. 19. www.metrocounci.org

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