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MnDOT seeks public input for 20-year Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan

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MnDOT seeks public input for 20-year Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan
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ST. PAUL, Minn.--The public, transportation stakeholders and local government officials are invited to provide input for Minnesota's 20-year Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan at the following open houses:

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• Jan. 31 in Crookston--MnDOT Crookston Office, 1320 Sunflower St., Crookston, Minn.

• Feb. 1 in Moorhead--Hjemkomst Center, 202 First Ave. N., Moorhead, Minn.

• Feb. 2 in St. Cloud--MnDOT St. Cloud Office, 3725 12th St. N., St. Cloud, Minn.

The meeting will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. A brief presentation will be given at 4:30 p.m. and repeated at 6 p.m. Attendees may come and go at any time.

Those unable to attend in-person have the option to participate in an online webinar via Adobe Connect Feb. 6, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For details, visit www.minnesotagoplan.org/participate.html.

Topics covered will include the recently adopted Minnesota GO vision for transportation, current transportation system, future challenges and opportunities facing transportation, draft plan objectives and strategies and how the plan will be used.

Minnesota's 20-year Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan establishes overarching guidance and priorities for making state transportation decisions across all modes of transportation. The open houses will provide Minnesotans with an opportunity to learn about the current multimodal system, the challenges we will face in the future, and how we can address those challenges. The public is also invited to provide feedback on draft transportation objectives and planning strategies.

To request an interpreter (ASL or other language) or other reasonable accommodation, call Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota); 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). Alternatively, send an email to janet.rae.miller@state.mn.us. Please request at least one week in advance.

Gathering input for the 20-year Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan is an important next step in turning Minnesota GO, the recently adopted 50-year transportation vision, into reality. Minnesota GO aims to better align the state's transportation system with what Minnesotans expect for their quality of life, economy and natural environment.

In addition to the public open houses, there will be a public comment period and a public hearing in March or April after the draft plan is available. The final plan is scheduled for adoption this spring. Updates to state plans for highways, rail, aviation, transit, freight and non-motorized transportation will follow.

For more information on the project, visit www.minnesotagoplan.org or follow the plan on Twitter, @minnesotago, and Facebook, www.facebook.com/MinnesotaGO

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