Minnesota's extensive public transit system connects people to jobs, schools, social services, health facilities and many other essential services. Over eighty million rides are provided annually by transit systems throughout the state. These services mean commuters are able to get to work each day, elderly persons are able to remain independent and active community participants, disabled persons are able to lead healthy and productive lives, communities are able to reduce congestion and improve air quality, and shoppers are able to purchase goods and services. Transit service throughout Minnesota is provided by a well-established partnership between state, federal, and local units of government. Through this partnership a wide array of transit systems has been developed. These systems range in size from one of the largest all-bus fleets in the nation with an annual budget of more than $150 million to a one-bus system with an annual budget of $4,700. The 1999 Transit Report highlights Minnesota's successful efforts to respond to the diverse mobility needs of our citizens. The report also contains a summary of all major public transit activities undertaken during the year by Mn/DOT and the Metropolitan Council, and includes a short summary of each public transit system in Minnesota. The summaries provide a better understanding of the efforts to meet the mobility needs of communities across the state.