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Connecting the Collar 
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CCoonnnneeccttiningg t thhee C Coolllalarr 
Today 
1. Goal: share with you 
– How transitways improve access to jobs, can ...
CCoonnnneeccttiningg t thhee C Coolllalarr 
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The MSP region 
and our system
Counties Transit Improvement Board: 
Locally Dedicated Transit Funding 
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CCoonnnneeccttiningg t thhee C Coolllalarr 
We are behind
Business community view 
A thriving region is a 
product we are making. 
Transit is a necessary component. 
If we put in t...
Itasca (business): 3 questions about 
ROI on a regional transit system 
A built-out regional transit system would require ...
CCoonnnneeccttiningg t thhee C Coolllalarr 
Results 
▪ Based on direct impacts alone, the benefits of implementing a regio...
The public: with us 
Without transit plans, Twin Cities can't compete | Star Tribune five Home transit Opinion lines Comme...
Current good news 
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• Green Line 
– Near 2030 ridership projections (40,000 rid...
Our panelists 
• Commissioner Lisa Weik, Washington Co. 
• Commissioner Matt Look, Anoka Co. 
• Commissioner Nancy Shouwei...
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RV 2014: Connecting the Collar by Will Schroeer

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Connecting The Collar

Transit corridors typically develop from the core outward, connecting high density urban centers and surrounding employment, housing, education and commercial areas. That’s the history in the Twin Cities. Downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, the MSP airport, Mall of America, University of Minnesota and many other regional destinations are now connected by light rail with plans for extension to the southwest and northwest advancing. But collar communities to the north, east and south of the Twin Cities core are not standing idly by. They recognize the necessity for efficient suburban connections to the region’s urban centers and to adjacent suburban communities and the importance of all day, bi-directional service to access to jobs throughout the region. Their leaders are actively working to shape better connections.

Join a discussion with local policy makers about the challenges and opportunities encountered as the state and region seek to balance their transportation infrastructure and connect all of the region’s corners. Offer suggestions based on your experiences with similar land use, development, finance and political challenges.

Moderator: Will Schroeer, Executive Director, East Metro Strong, St. Paul, Minnesota
Lisa Weik, Commissioner, Washington County, Minnesota
Matt Look, Commissioner, Anoka County, Minnesota
Nancy Schouweiler, Commissioner, Dakota County, Minnesota

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RV 2014: Connecting the Collar by Will Schroeer

  1. 1. Connecting the Collar CCoonnnneeccttiningg t thhee C Coolllalarr
  2. 2. CCoonnnneeccttiningg t thhee C Coolllalarr Today 1. Goal: share with you – How transitways improve access to jobs, can be catalyst to development, from the perspective of MSP suburban counties – Lessons learned about advancing and implementing transitways and TOD in the suburbs – Format: Interactive Panel Discussion / Q & A at the end 1. Background on the region & our system – Vision – Support for that vision 1. Panel Introductions
  3. 3. CCoonnnneeccttiningg t thhee C Coolllalarr 3 The MSP region and our system
  4. 4. Counties Transit Improvement Board: Locally Dedicated Transit Funding CCoonnnneeccttiningg t thhee C Coolllalarr 4
  5. 5. CCoonnnneeccttiningg t thhee C Coolllalarr We are behind
  6. 6. Business community view A thriving region is a product we are making. Transit is a necessary component. If we put in too little, we’ll get a less competitive product. CCoonnnneeccttiningg t thhee C Coolllalarr
  7. 7. Itasca (business): 3 questions about ROI on a regional transit system A built-out regional transit system would require substantial investment. What would be the return on that investment? Investments can be made more or less quickly. Would accelerating build out change the return on investment? Many communities are interested in focusing more growth near transit stations. Would such actions, regionally, change the return on investment? 1 2 3 CCoonnnneeccttiningg t thhee C Coolllalarr 7
  8. 8. CCoonnnneeccttiningg t thhee C Coolllalarr Results ▪ Based on direct impacts alone, the benefits of implementing a regional transit system far outweigh the costs – Building the 2030 regional plan = $6.6 – 10.1 billion direct benefits from $4.4 billion – Accelerating buildout to 2023 would increase direct benefits $10.7 – 16.5 billion from $5.3 billion – More community growth near transit stations would increase ROI by an additional $2 - $4 billion ▪ Above direct benefits: – Increased access to employers (an additional 500,000 within 30-minute commute)
  9. 9. The public: with us Without transit plans, Twin Cities can't compete | Star Tribune five Home transit Opinion lines Commentaries is saving it substantial money and that it has gathered more federal transit construction money per capita than any other city. And Without developers transit are flocking plans, to Twin Salt Lake Cities — from can't other compete cities — as a result. Article by: KATE WOLFORD Updated: May 6, 2013 - 5:48 AM That’s The Twin one Cities of several has fallen reasons behind on transit, the Minnesota and that's a liability Legislature to commerce. must act to fund transportation infrastructure investments this session. Few issues arrive at the Legislature with such broad support. According to a poll conducted by the Minneapolis and St. Paul chambers of commerce this January, two-thirds of Minnesota voters support the proposed 0.5 percent metro-area sales tax for transit. The same poll showed that nearly 80 percent of Minnesotans agree the state would benefit from an expanded and improved public transit system. The McKnight Foundation is part of a coalition of CCoonnnneeccttiningg businesses t thhee and C Coolllalarr nonprofits that have invested in transit and that strongly support
  10. 10. Current good news CCoonnnneeccttiningg t thhee C Coolllalarr • Green Line – Near 2030 ridership projections (40,000 riders weekday) – 92% increase in corridor ridership – $2.7 billion in development $2.5 billion before the line opened
  11. 11. Our panelists • Commissioner Lisa Weik, Washington Co. • Commissioner Matt Look, Anoka Co. • Commissioner Nancy Shouweiler, Dakota Co. CCoonnnneeccttiningg t thhee C Coolllalarr

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