The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) and the Metropolitan Council are committed to providing the safest and most efficient transportation options to Minnesota's traveling public. To accomplish this mission, the Mn/DOT Office of Transit and the Metropolitan Council provide financial and technical assistance to public transit systems, local governments, and human service agencies for the planning, establishment, and operation of public transit systems. Staff from both organizations participate in a variety of activities that include input into statewide and metropolitan project planning, transportation research projects, and technical support to communities and transit systems.
Public transportation services vary depending upon the specific needs of each community. Transit in Minnesota is not just about buses; it is about any mode of travel that reduces the use of the single occupant vehicle. Included in this family of services are volunteer driver programs, light rail transit, commuter rail, rideshare programs, bicycling, walking, and telecommuting.
The 2000 Annual Transit Report describes the activities of the Office of Transit 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 Minnesota Transit Report describes the statewide activities undertaken to support the continuation and improvement of public transportation services to all of Minnesota's citizens. The report is divided into four major sections: the Program Review, Fact Sheets for Greater Minnesota transit programs, Fact Sheets for Metro Area transit programs, and a listing of Section 5310 Recipients. These sections contain 1999 unaudited actual costs, 2000 program activities, and current and anticipated special project descriptions. The Appendix contains a summary of the 1999 operating costs showing state, federal and local shares, as well as the budgeted contract amounts for 2000.