A range of actions are required to improve transportation in Minnesota – as recognized already by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Council, local governments and other public agencies. To minimize transportation infrastructure costs, the state and its communities must preserve and maximize the use of what already exists. Certainly, construction is needed to maintain critical infrastructure and for high-benefit transportation improvements, especially those yielding positive impacts on the broader transportation system at relatively low costs. But, importantly, Minnesota’s public sector must pursue smart and innovative strategies to use existing roadways more efficiently, boost transit use, spur more travel on bike and foot, change land-use patterns, and otherwise lower the demand for limited space on crowded highways.
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