Ted Mondale

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Journal Article

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operations - traffic, land use - planning, land use - smart growth, ridership - growth, policy - congestion, policy - sustainable, place - urban, mode - mass transit, mode - subway/metro


Urban transportation, Urban transit, Urban growth, Urban development, Twin Cities Metropolitan Area (Minnesota), Transportation industry, Transportation, Transport, Transit, Traffic congestion, Sustainable development, Sustainability, St. Paul (Minnesota), Saint Paul (Minnesota), Road transportation, Quality of life, Public transit, Minneapolis (Minnesota), Mass transit, Local transit, Land use planning, Land use, Intracity transportation, Infrastructure, Highway transportation, Gridlock (Traffic), Economic development, Development, Communities


Steady but brisk growth has characterized Minnesota's Twin Cities region since the 1980s. What is different now is the metrowide response to it. Community leaders and citizens in the region are discovering that they have choices about how their communities grow and, increasingly, they are looking to the tools of smart growth to make them a reality. Transportation is a vital player in a regional smart growth strategy. At the same time, transportation is part of a larger strategy that integrates decisions about land use, economic development, and housing, as well as transit and highways. The goal should be to support sustainable development and, with a focus on transit, to achieve savings in local infrastructure, congestion costs, travel, and land consumption. Together with wise land use decisions, transportation can help create attractive, livable communities with thriving businesses, affordable housing, and viable neighborhoods. Such an approach requires the cooperation and involvement of public officials, businesses, developers, and citizens. It will be crucial for decision makers to pursue partnerships, joint action, and reliance on incentives as the guiding approach to these efforts.