Subcommittee Field Hearing

Examining Minnesota’s Transit Priorities

Housing, Transportation, and Community Development Date:   Tuesday, August 24, 2021 Time:   10:00 AM

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COMMITTEE ON BANKING, HOUSING, AND URBAN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE ON HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION, AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT will meet in OPEN SESSION to conduct a hearing entitled, “Examining Minnesota’s Transit Priorities.” The witnesses on Panel I will be: The Honorable Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Transportation; Mr. Charlie Zelle, Chair, Metropolitan Council; The Honorable Irene Fernando, Commissioner, Hennepin County Board of Commissioners; Ms. Alison Zelms, City Administrator, City of Rochester, Minnesota; Ms. Grace Waltz, Vice President of Public Policy, Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce; and Ms. Cassandra Belyeu Johnson, Transit Rider, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. The witness on Panel II will be: The Honorable Nuria Fernandez, Administrator, Federal Transit Administration. Additional witnesses may be added at a later date.

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  1. The Honorable Margaret Anderson Kelliher
    Minnesota Department of Transportation
  2. Mr. Charlie Zelle
    Metropolitan Council
  3. The Honorable Irene Fernando
    Hennepin County Board of Commissioners
  4. Ms. Alison Zelms
    City Administrator
    City of Rochester, Minnesota
  5. Ms. Grace Waltz
    Vice President of Public Policy
    Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce
  6. Ms. Cassandra Belyeu Johnson
    Transit Rider
    Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
  7. The Honorable Nuria Fernandez
    Federal Transit Administration