Goal 1: Clean transportation

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**THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD HAS CONCLUDED**

The goal

Connect and serve all people through a safe, equitable, and sustainable transportation system.

The challenges

Transportation represents our greatest opportunity to reduce climate pollution and is the sector with the most pressing need for swift and decisive action. Land use patterns and lack of transportation options make driving the most convenient choice for many Minnesotans, and the use of fossil fuels result in high GHG emissions. In the current system, there are disparities in access and safety, while a warmer and wetter Minnesota causes risks to our infrastructure.

The vision

Minnesota's transportation system is sustainable and resilient to a changing climate and supports transportation options for all Minnesotans as well as technology to reduce pollution. Walking, biking, rolling, and transit options are plentiful.

Priority Actions

Minnesota state agencies have proposed several priority actions to help set us on the path to achieve the vision of building a carbon-neutral, resilient, and equitable future for Minnesota. The priority actions identified for the clean transportation goal are:

  • More funding for non-motorized transportation. Evaluate current funding priorities and direct more resources towards non-motorized transportation to support a comprehensive statewide pedestrian and bicycle network.
  • Increase transit service to create more reliable and convenient transit networks, with initial priority given to routes in communities where transit is essential for travel and residents are disproportionately impacted by air pollution.
  • Promote more transport options — land use planning that prioritizes multi-modal transportation options.
  • Implement a Clean Fuels Standard to incentivize increased investment in a broad portfolio of cleaner fuels, including ethanol, biomethane, lower-carbon biofuels, renewable fuels, electricity, and charging infrastructure.
  • Regional charging. Coordinate with neighboring states, Tribes, and other partners to implement the Regional Electric Vehicle Midwest Memorandum of Understanding, which will establish an EV charging network across the Midwest.
  • Develop a Minnesota Strategic Electric Vehicle Plan that includes state actions to increase EV charging infrastructure, increase EV access and availability, and educate communities about the benefits of EVs.

Want to learn more about Minnesota's clean transportation goal?

Read the full chapter on pages 21-27 in the Climate Action Framework document.

We want your feedback!

Use the tools below to share your feedback on Minnesota's clean transportation goal by Friday, April 29th. Survey results and questions will be shared with the Climate Change Subcabinet and Advisory Council on Climate Change as they work towards finalizing the Climate Action Framework. The final Framework will consider public and stakeholder input, analysis, and agency expertise. Click the links on the right side of the page to view Minnesota's other climate goals and share your feedback on rest of Minnesota's Climate Action Framework.

**THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD HAS CONCLUDED**

The goal

Connect and serve all people through a safe, equitable, and sustainable transportation system.

The challenges

Transportation represents our greatest opportunity to reduce climate pollution and is the sector with the most pressing need for swift and decisive action. Land use patterns and lack of transportation options make driving the most convenient choice for many Minnesotans, and the use of fossil fuels result in high GHG emissions. In the current system, there are disparities in access and safety, while a warmer and wetter Minnesota causes risks to our infrastructure.

The vision

Minnesota's transportation system is sustainable and resilient to a changing climate and supports transportation options for all Minnesotans as well as technology to reduce pollution. Walking, biking, rolling, and transit options are plentiful.

Priority Actions

Minnesota state agencies have proposed several priority actions to help set us on the path to achieve the vision of building a carbon-neutral, resilient, and equitable future for Minnesota. The priority actions identified for the clean transportation goal are:

  • More funding for non-motorized transportation. Evaluate current funding priorities and direct more resources towards non-motorized transportation to support a comprehensive statewide pedestrian and bicycle network.
  • Increase transit service to create more reliable and convenient transit networks, with initial priority given to routes in communities where transit is essential for travel and residents are disproportionately impacted by air pollution.
  • Promote more transport options — land use planning that prioritizes multi-modal transportation options.
  • Implement a Clean Fuels Standard to incentivize increased investment in a broad portfolio of cleaner fuels, including ethanol, biomethane, lower-carbon biofuels, renewable fuels, electricity, and charging infrastructure.
  • Regional charging. Coordinate with neighboring states, Tribes, and other partners to implement the Regional Electric Vehicle Midwest Memorandum of Understanding, which will establish an EV charging network across the Midwest.
  • Develop a Minnesota Strategic Electric Vehicle Plan that includes state actions to increase EV charging infrastructure, increase EV access and availability, and educate communities about the benefits of EVs.

Want to learn more about Minnesota's clean transportation goal?

Read the full chapter on pages 21-27 in the Climate Action Framework document.

We want your feedback!

Use the tools below to share your feedback on Minnesota's clean transportation goal by Friday, April 29th. Survey results and questions will be shared with the Climate Change Subcabinet and Advisory Council on Climate Change as they work towards finalizing the Climate Action Framework. The final Framework will consider public and stakeholder input, analysis, and agency expertise. Click the links on the right side of the page to view Minnesota's other climate goals and share your feedback on rest of Minnesota's Climate Action Framework.

Page last updated: 01 May 2022, 07:10 AM