Suburban counties say Met Council plan ignores transportation needs.

Commissioner Kathleen Gaylord participated in a historic meeting on transportation policy for the Twin Cities Region in September. Commissioners from five suburban counties presented 17 concerns with the Met Council’s 2040 Transportation Policy Plan and asked the Met Council to allow more time to discuss those concerns before final approval of the plan. The forum took place at Thompson Park in West St. Paul.

News story by Elizabeth Mohn of the Pioneer Press reports:  In a rare move, five suburban counties held a joint meeting Monday to air their concerns about the Metropolitan Council’s latest regional planning document.

The 2040 Transportation Policy Plan does not include enough input from suburban counties, it does not represent a fair regional vision, it focuses too much on urban-core transit instead of highway maintenance, and it does not adequately show funding gaps, county representatives said.  Click here to read the full article.