Transportation Funding in Minnesota: Past, Present, and Prospect

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 4:15pm

About the Event

In recent years, depleting state and local budgets and growing capital and maintenance costs related to transportation have been a common challenge. The state of Minnesota is estimated to have billions in unmet transportation needs to keep up with inflation and the increase in transportation demands. In 2008, the state legislature passed chapter 152 (HF2800), which made some important changes to existing funding techniques.

This presentation will review the funding of public surface transportation systems (including highways, transit, and local roads) in Minnesota. It will discuss how transportation projects have been funded, identify current and future policy issues likely to affect transportation funding, look at the implications of chapter 152 (HF2800), and go over some of the funding options suggested by other researchers. The presentation will summarize a report that aims to encourage better understanding and management of issues related to transportation funding in Minnesota.


Zhirong (Jerry) Zhao, Assistant Professor, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota