The Mayor believes that building a more inclusive economy means engaging communities that have traditionally not been at the table. It also means being strategic about how we target our investments and create opportunities. Transit is the great equalizer. Access to transit can quite literally be the key to accessing a better life for yourself and for your family. In Minneapolis we also see transit as a key to reversing trends in racial disparities, undoing institutional racism, and making sure that a person’s ZIP code matters less than a person’s work ethic.
And failing to invest in transportation means we are failing Minneapolis families. Transportation is one of the top two household costs, typically accounting for approximately 16% of household income in Minneapolis.
Moreover, the market is telling us that demand is in public transit: Automobile sales to Americans under the age of 30 dropped by 30 percent in just the five-year span from 2007 to 2012. 30 percent in five years.
He’s worked with partners from other jurisdictions like the Met Council and Hennepin County to increase multi-modal transportation options through new initiatives like mobility hubs and expand access through reliable modes like additional bus lines. A cyclist himself, Mayor Frey has also made bike safety a key part of his approach to transit.