Forum News Service: Transit coalition push includes $120 million ask for Greater Minnesota

EXCERPT: “A Twin Cities coalition aiming to boost state investments in public transit said it will push for full funding of $120 million in improvements in Greater Minnesota. Spokespeople for the new initiative called Keep Minnesota Moving laid out their top priorities at the Capitol Tuesday, Dec. 11, including fully funding Metro Transit operations, supporting top Metro Transit projects and improving arterial Bus Rapid Transit services. While the proposals centered mainly on the Twin Cities region, the requests of lawmakers also included $120 million in investments to Greater Minnesota over the next decade, predominantly to grow busing services. ‘We would like to see that all funded’ Will Schroeer, executive director of East Metro Strong, told Forum News Service. The $120 million figure comes from a 2017 Department of Transportation report that said if the state wants to meet 90 percent of the demand for public transit in Greater Minnesota by 2025, it needs to put forth that amount in general fund dollars.” FULLSTORY: