Breaking News: Residents to Have a Say!
By Andrew Richter
Only with the Met Council would this be news;
The Metropolitan Council has released a public comment draft of its latest Regional Transportation Policy Plan (TPP), and metro residents will be allowed to give input on their community’s transit needs.
Oh wow thank you so much! Incidentally, look at the wording; we have a transportation plan but we are talking about transit.
Updated every four years, the TPP creates policies that are derived from objectives regarding public transportation, creating a course of action that will improve transportation choices and needs based on input by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and representatives from city, county and transportation agencies. The plan was last updated in 2010, and this new iteration will be known as the 2040 TPP.
In other words, these so-called experts figure out how to get grant money, go to focus groups and figure out what words to use, then try and “sell” a plan to cities and counties. If there is anytime left, residents get a say, but of course, the plans have already been made.
“When the Blue Line Extension was selected as the locally preferred alternative, the cities and the counties said, ‘We want transit, we want it on this line, and we want it to be light rail instead of bus rapid transit or streetcar,’” said Metropolitan Council spokesperson Meredith Vadis. “When that was selected … the council then said, ‘Yes, we’re good with this, too.’ What we do is amend the TPP. The TPP is essentially a long-range transportation policy plan.”
No we don’t, we don’t want any of it.
This new amendment will emphasize the encouragement of residents biking and walking, expanding the MnPASS lane system and expanding transit services. Additionally, the plan will address transportation strategies, land use and local planning, freight investment and highway investment.
According to the Met Council, the metro area will add 824,000 new residents and 550,000 new jobs by the year 2040, necessitating a shift in transportation options and responding to the demands of changing demographics and an evolving economy. The council is allowing residents to speak their mind on what transit and transportation changes their communities would need to accommodate such shifts.
Yeah right! When have these projections ever been right?????
“There’s a lot of different interest from the public,” said Vadis. “We may hear from people who say, ‘I really want to see transit on my neighborhood street corner in the future.’ Or, ‘I take this major artery to work (and) it really needs to see improvement.’” “There’s all those different kinds of competing interests, and those are comments we take into consideration,” Vadis continued. “There’s just so many different things that we could hear from people, and we want to hear all of it.”
Oh bull sh**! You’ve got your minds made up, now it’s all about “taking comments” after the fact to make it “look like” you’re listening…..get rid of this God D** Met Council. Oh wait, I forgot we can’t live without the Met Council right ReNae Bowman?