by Fritz Knaak, Amy Roberts
Center of the American Experiment
July 10, 2014
Minnesota ought to build a world-class transportation system that provides a foundation for economic prosperity and personal fulfillment for all Minnesotans. In doing so, policymakers should embrace the philosophy that Minnesotans know where they want to go and how they want to get there. Instead of trying to impose other policy objectives on our transportation dollars, such as encouraging people to drive less, state transportation policy should focus on supporting this demand as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. A healthy infrastructure moves people and products efficiently, reliably, and safely. Deficient transportation systems result in diminished prospects for growth and a lower quality of life. Looking to the future, congestion, bumpy roads, and empty trains can be avoided with the right policies and the right priorities.