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Transportation and Transit Policy and Oversight Division


2009-2010 Regular Session - Tuesday, October 13, 2009



Representative Hornstein, Chair of the Transportation and Transit Policy and Oversight Division, called the meeting to order at 10:10 P.M. on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 in Room 10 of the State Office Building. The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

Hornstein, Chair

Representatives Nelson and Hayden joined the committee.

Members excused: Davids, Holberg, McFarlane, Morrow, Swails, Zellers

A quorum was present.

Peggy Reichart, MnDOT, shared the MnDOT Statewide Transportation Policy Plan with the committee.

Sherry Munyon, Minnesota Public Transit Association, spoke to the committee regarding greater Minnesota transit funding. Peter Bell, Met Council Chair and Mike Shadauer, MnDOT Director, Office of Transit spoke to the issue.

Dan Krom, MnDOT Passenger and Freight Rail, shared a Statewide Rail Plan update.

Tim Geisler, Mayo Clinic, shared information from the Transportation Economics Management Systems Inc. (TEMS) regarding the southeastern Minnesota rail study.

Rep. Welti moved adoption of the minutes from April 1, 2009. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The Northstar Line launch information was discussed by Peter Bell, Met Council Chair. Chair Bell further shared an update on the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit plan.

Judd Schetnan, Met Council, shared the Met Council Land Use and Planning Resources report update.

Brian Ryks, Executive Director of the Duluth Airport Authority spoke regarding the Airline Passenger Bill of Rights.

Chair Hornstein recessed the committee at 12:23 PM with the intention of reconvening at 1:05 PM. Rep. Hornstein called the meeting back to order at 1:10 PM.

Discussion was provided by the following regarding the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit plan:

Dennis Presley, Community Organizer
Keo Walker, Vice President of the Frogtown City Council and community organizer
Ann White, Chr. of the District Councils Collaborative of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Rev. Grant Steveson, Pres. of ISAIAH
ThaoMee Xiong, Hmong Organizing Project TakeAction MN
Beverly Hawkins, CEO of Model Cities Inc.
Larry Peterson, St. Paul
Melvin Carter, St. Paul Councilmember
Russ Stark, St. Paul Councilmember

Shireen Malekafzali, Policy Link and Rev. Paul Slack, ISAIAH shared a study regarding the disparity in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act transportation investments in Minnesota and its effects on low-income communities, women and communities of color.

The following spoke regarding MnDOT’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program:

Patrick Ness, Public Policy Director, Catholic Charities
Catie Chi Olson, MN Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance
Jeremy Weldon, 2009 Summit OIC Academy Graduate
Louis King, HIRE Minnesota and President & CEO of Summit Academy OIC
Bill Means, Opportunity Industrialization Centers (OIC)
Richard Copeland, THOR Construction, Minority Construction Contractor
Rev. Jerry McAfee, New Salem Baptist Church
Bernie Arseneau, Director MnDOT Policy, Safety & Safety Strategic Initiatives

The meeting adjourned at 3:27 P.M.

Representative Hornstein, CHAIR

Susie Maher
Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
House TV Video:
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03:55 - Gavel and introductory remarks.
06:36 - Statewide Transportation Policy Plan.
30:45 - Greater Minnesota transit funding.
46:58 - Statewide Rail Plan update /Transportation Economics Management Systems Inc.
1:22:30 - Northstar Commuter Rail launch.
1:36:10 - Central Corridor update - part 1.
1:50:16 - Metropolitan Council Land Use and Planning Resources update.
2:00:20 - Airline Passenger Bill of Rights.
The Division went in to recess.
Runs 2 hours, 14 minutes.

House TV Video:
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00:16 - Gavel, and continued discussion of Central Corridor.
36:27 - American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 equity.
1:01:40 - Update on issues related to MnDOT's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program.
Runs 2 hours, 17 minutes.

Central Corridor Update, North Star Launch, MnDOT's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE), ARRA Transportation Equity, Met Council Land Use Planning/ Carbon Footprint Update, Rural Transit Budget Process and Oversight, Rail Plan Update