- Date: 02/08/2024
A new piece of legislation introduced last month by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) from the Atlanta area will change that. The bill, Stronger…
With the adoption earlier this year of an omnibus transportation bill, HF 2887, the Minnesota State Legislature and Governor Tim Waltz achieved a major victory for non-automobile infrastructure, joining a small group of states taking substantial first steps toward rescinding subsidies and policy mandates for automobile use while providing new funding for transit and active modes. Among HF 2887’s accomplishments: creating a new sales tax in the Twin Cities to fund transit, indexing the gas tax to inflation, providing funding necessary to both a major new intercity rail line and an intra-city light rail extension, and requiring future highway projects to account for climate change impacts.
The scope of HF 2887 is owed to a large and diverse coalition of transit advocates, environmentalists, community groups, and the multi-faith community called Transportation Forward, which worked toward HF 2887 over ten years of advocacy, trial runs, and coalition-building.
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