Transit Investments: How Should They Be Evaluated? A Forum Hosted by James L. Oberstar

Minneapolis, MN

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Transit Investments:  How Should They Be Evaluated?

A Forum Hosted by James L. Oberstar

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The U.S. Federal Transit Administration currently uses six criteria for evaluating and making decisions about which transit capital investments to fund through the federal New Starts Program.  The criteria are mobility improvements, environmental benefits, operating efficiencies, cost effectiveness, transit supportive land use, and economic development effects.  FTA recently issued new proposed rules and policy guidance for its New Starts and Small Starts programs.  James L. Oberstar, Member of Congress (1975 to 2011) and Chair of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (2007 to 2011), will host a forum to discuss the pros and cons of the current criteria and how they apply to transit investments in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region.  The forum will include a participant discussion led by Mr. Oberstar.


  • James L. Oberstar  


  • Peter McLaughlin, Hennepin County Commissioner
  • Mark Fuhrmann, Program Director - New Starts Rail Projects, Metro Transit
  • Mark Fabel, Development Project Manager, McGough Development
  • Barbara Thoman, Executive Director, Transit for Livable Communities
  • Yingling Fan, Assistant Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Sponsored by the State and Local Policy Program of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the Transitway Impacts Research Program, and the Center for Transportation Studies of the University of Minnesota.

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The Humphrey School of the University of Minnesota is hospitable to a diversity of opinions and aspirations.  The Humphrey School does not itself take positions on issues of public policy.


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