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TRIP

(The Road Information Program)

TRIP is a nonprofit organization that researches, evaluates and distributes economic and technical data.

TRIP is sponsored by a variety of related industry and business organizations.

AGC of Minnesota is a member of TRIP

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Source Data

Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT)

U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS)

Bureau of Economic Analysis

American Public Transit Association (APTA)

Texas Transportation Institute (TTI)

U.S. Census Bureau

*All data used in the report is the latest available.

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Minnesota’s Transportation Challenges and the

Improvements Needed to Address Them

Focus Areas:

Pavement Conditions

Bridge Deficiencies

Congestion

Transit

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General Observations

Findings:

Total cost of addressing all TRIP Report challenges:

$7.1 to $9.4 billion

There is an additional identified need of $171 - $181 million annually for transit operating assistance

No funding is currently available to address needs

Demographic and Economic Trends:

Population growth Vehicle miles traveled

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Focus Area

Pavement Challenges:

In 2013, one third of Minnesota’s major roads are in poor or mediocre condition.

o 12% poor condition o 19% mediocre condition

It is critical that roads are fixed before they require major repairs because reconstructing roads cost approximately four times more than resurfacing them.

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Focus Area

Bridge Challenges:

In 2011, a total of 11 percent of bridges in Minnesota show significant deterioration or do not meet current design standards.

o Eight percent of Minnesota’s bridges were rated structurally deficient. o Three percent of Minnesota’s bridges were rated as functionally obsolete.

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Focus Area

Congestion Challenges:

Minnesota’s urban roads are becoming increasingly congested, hampering commuting and commerce while reducing economic opportunities and quality of life in the state.

The improvements needed to relieve congestion and enhance mobility:

o Capacity enhancements o Roadway reconstruction o Managed lanes and improved traffic management on multiple roadways in the Twin Cities Metro Area

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Focus Area

Transit Challenges:

Needs and Service/Reliability Gaps

Expand Metro Mobility Expand Bus Service Expand LRT Service and Connect Employment Centers Add BRT Corridors Increase Operating Funds

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Focus Area

Safety Challenges:

Rural Roads (non-interstate):

Fatality rate is triple the rate of fatalities per million vehicle miles of traveled on all other roads and highways in the state.

Safety Can Be Enhanced Through:

Adding cable median barriers and rumble strips Implementing conflict warning systems on rural intersections Removing at-grade railroad crossings of major highways

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Return on Investment

Benefits of Transportation Improvements:

Improved business competitiveness due to reduced production and distribution costs as a result of increased travel speeds and fewer mobility barriers.

A reduction in economic losses from vehicle crashes, traffic congestion and vehicle maintenance costs associated with driving on deficient roads.

Creation of both short-term and long-term jobs.

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Return on Investment

Jobs:

A 2007 FHWA study found that every $1 billion invested in highway construction supports 27,800 jobs.

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9,500 direct construction

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4,300 indirect

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14,000 induced

A 2009 report prepared for APTA found that every $1 billion invested in public transit highway construction supports approximately 36,000 jobs.

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17,500 direct construction

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4,300 indirect

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14,000 induced

The FWHA estimates that each dollar spent on road, highway and bridge improvements results in an average benefit of $5.20 in the form of reduced:

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Vehicle maintenance costs

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Delays

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Fuel consumption

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Improved safety

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Bridge and road maintenance costs

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Reduced emissions as a result of improved traffic flow

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