Lee Munnich, Senior Fellow, SLPP, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
The Minnesota Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Metropolitan Council (Met Council), the Federal Highway Administration, and the Hubert H Humphrey Institute State and Local Policy Program has jointly studied value pricing, since 1994. This work plan is developed based on the knowledge gained by MnDOT, LSPP, the Met Council and the University of Minnesota?s Center for Transportation Studies from previous studies and attempts at implementing road pricing, and builds on already completed work including technical analysis, market research, and educational efforts. This work plan also acknowledges the ongoing work of several studies that are examining relationships between transportation, land use and pricing alternatives in Minnesota. The ultimate aim of this work plan is to develop a national model for comprehensively analyzing and incorporating pricing measures into the regional transportation planning process. Past MnDOT, Met Council and SLPP research underscores the need to develop a broad region wide congestion management vision that outlines and integrates alternative scenarios and impacts. At the heart of this proposal is the development of a regional strategic plan for congestion management and mobility enhancement, which highlights market-based approaches such as road and parking pricing as key components. Therefore, this effort will be coordinated with the Met Council's and MnDOT Metro Division's development of the Regional Transportation Plan.