More Transportation Options Needed to Connect Workers and Jobs in the Twin Cities

A new study identifies the disconnect between employees and employers in the Twin Cities region. The report also predicts dramatic improvements if the region's long-term transportation plans are realized.
July 12, 2016, 2pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"A recent University of Minnesota study found a 'serious disconnect' between unemployed workers and job vacancies in the seven-county Twin Cities area," according to an article by Janet Moore.

The report blames a lack of reliable public transit for some of the disconnect between the workforce and employment centers. The study did find, however, that transportation improvements planned in the Metropolitan Council's long-term Transportation Policy Plan (including "extensions of the Green and Blue LRT lines to Eden Prairie and Brooklyn Park, respectively" and "more arterial bus lines, like the A Line service that recently opened along Snelling Avenue in St. Paul") would significantly improve access to jobs for residents of the region.

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Published on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 in Star Tribune
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