Letters: State’s transportation infrastructure belongs to all

Minnesota needs a transportation system that provides equitable access and better connects us to our jobs, housing and education. The state’s transportation infrastructure belongs to all of us and it impacts us each in unique ways. Our ability to move around efficiently affects our finances, our health and the ability to do our jobs or run our businesses effectively. Transportation is one of the highest costs in household budgets, greater than education and health care.

Minnesota’s transportation system needs to be a priority for the state Legislature in 2015. Our state is competing with the rest of the country to retain and attract the best young talent. The Twin Cities region is losing its young talent to cities such as Austin, Denver and Portland as these workers seek out cities with vibrant downtowns and accessiblestate Legislature in 2015. Our state is competing with the rest of the country to retain and attract the best young talent. The Twin Cities region is losing its young talent to cities such as Austin, Denver and Portland as these workers seek out cities with vibrant downtowns and accessible transit.

Unfortunately, only 15 percent of jobs in the Twin Cities are conveniently served by public transit. It is time for the state Legislature to invest in transportation infrastructure in 2015.

Joan Phillips, Falcon Heights

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