Adding transit options helps relieve congestion. One full commuter bus can relieve up to 57 cars from the road, while a full light rail train can relieve up to 723 vehicles. In the Twin Cities region, more than 87 million trips were made by transit in 2019.
According to a 2019 Texas Transportation Institute report, Twin Cities commuters waste on average about 59 hours a year stuck in congested traffic — that's more than a full work week in your vehicle. Total cost in wasted time and fuel amount to nearly $2.3 billion per year for the region.
Meeting community needs
Only 77 percent of Minnesota residents are licensed drivers. The inability to access jobs, services and activities limits the independence of residents and prospects for economic growth. Investment in transit services and facilities can expand travel options.
Transit service and development within Dakota County
Most route service within Dakota County is operated by Metro Transit and the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA). Dakota County partners with these providers to plan and implement capital improvements for transit service.
Dakota County is also active in coordinating transit services for specialized transportation needs. GoDakota provides resources and training for people seeking to use public and private transportation services. More information can be found on the GoDakota page.