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Minnesota Department of Transportation

The family of transit in Minnesota is represented most prominently by the number of public transit systems operating throughout the state. But transit is not just buses, it is any travel mode that reduces the use of the single automobile. Volunteer driver programs, rideshare programs, bicycling, walking, and telecommuting also reduce reliance on the single occupant vehicle.

The 1998 Transit Annual Report describes the activities of the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Council in developing, maintaining, and promoting the use of public transportation in the state. It is designed to serve as a guidebook for public officials, administrators, transit managers, and the general public about the status of Minnesota's public transportation systems.

The Mn/DOT Office of Transit is responsible for planning and administration of the state-wide public transit program in Greater Minnesota. The Metropolitan Council has similar responsibilities for those transit systems lying within the seven county metropolitan area. Funding for the state's public transit systems is provided through the Minnesota and Metro Public Transit Assistance Programs, Federal Transit Administration, and local sources.

The report is divided into three sections: the Program Overview, Fact Sheets for Metro Area transit programs, and Fact Sheets for Greater Minnesota transit programs. These contain 1997 unaudited actual costs, 1998 program activities, and current and anticipated special project descriptions. The Appendix contains a summary of the 1997 operating costs showing state, federal and local shares, as well as the budgeted contract amounts for 1998.
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