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Issue Position: Transportation

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A comprehensive multi-modal transportation system advances business growth, jobs, the environment and our quality of life. This requires funding. While in the State Senate, Ron Latz supported a comprehensive transportation bill with a mix of transit and highway funding from a variety of sources that was enacted with a bipartisan veto override.

Ron Latz is a consistent supporter of light rail transit, and has carried the bonding/funding bill for the Southwest Light Rail Transit corridor that runs through Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie. He believes in broadening transportation choices into an integrated multi-modal system. As Senator he will continue advocating for a transportation plan that will accommodate metropolitan regional growth patterns, reduce gridlock and pollution and transport people efficiently.

To advance this goal, Latz supported Northstar Commuter Rail, the Central Corridor transit way and I-35W Bus Rapid Transit, which passed this year. Sen. Latz was also the Senate author for the I-35W Bridge Survivor Compensation Bill that brought almost $40 million of monetary relief to the survivors of the bridge collapse.

As a Representative, Ron Latz worked with Rep. Steve Simon to pressure the Department of Transportation to move up the start date of the Highway 100 reconstruction. A short-term solution on Hwy. 100 was constructed and as State Senator, Ron has kept pushing to fully build out the project.

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